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What a Racket

What a Racket: Tales of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion

The Protection Racket Equifax, Experian and TransUnion don’t have your back. I’ve been trying to come up with some new business ideas. It’s really hard, though. Technology is changing so fast, you know? Well, I finally came up with a good one. I’m going to start my own security firm. I’m going to install burglar […]


Real Estate Investments

Real Estate Due Diligence: A simple guide for investment properties

That said, it is critical to understand that your due diligence requirements depend on the type of asset you are investing in. Here is a short list of investment property categories to consider; each comes with a unique set of inquiries necessary to fully understand its risks and opportunities.


There is no excuse to not have a living will

Your Living Will: Are You Truly Prepared?

A living will provides, in detail, specific medical treatments you want to be used to be kept alive under various circumstances. Your living will explains how to address your pain management and your decisions regarding organ donation.


Evaluating Residential Real Estate Investments

When you select a residential property for investment, your criteria will be different than when you decide where you want to live personally. This is because investors care about cash flow and tax benefits, such as depreciation deductions that do not apply to a home.


What Is the Due Diligence Process?

Buying a business is not like buying other assets. Much of a business’ value is intangible, and many of its component parts are difficult to price correctly. A wise purchaser relies on the due diligence process for protection.


How a Buyer Finances a Business Purchase

If you want to buy (or sell) a business, you need to know what the business is worth. Once that is calculated, you need to find out how much the owner (or prospective buyer) thinks it is worth. If you can get those two numbers to line up — itself a discovery process, and an uncertain one at that — you’re going to need a way to finance the actual transaction…


Crowdfunding Debt: A Study in Contrasts

Since the JOBS Act of 2012 first went into effect, senior commercial real estate debt – offered via real estate “crowdfunding” platforms – has emerged as a popular fixed-rate investment for accredited investors.
These investments offer superior returns to Treasury bonds and other traditional fixed-rate vehicles, however, you may often notice a curious omission: There is no information about the lender.


Stratifund Aggregates & Rates Equity Crowdfunding Deals

If you want to exercise your new right to invest in innovative startups and growing small businesses, where will you start — which funding portals will you visit to find the best offerings of private securities? For many people who have little or no experience evaluating angel investment opportunities, the best place to start is a website like Stratifund.


A Few Minutes With…Adam Hirsch

Soon, Hirsch will share his thoughts on current events and legal issues in the world of commercial fraud in a new column called “(Alleged) Frauds, Fakes and Ponzis.”
In this interview, Hirsch discusses his background, and why commercial fraud is a subject not easily generalized.


CrowdFinance 7 Steps- #5 Evaluate offerings

After you identify an offering that you feel optimistic about, review the terms of the deal that really matter—including price, equity percent, valuation, use of proceeds, liquidation preferences, conversion rights, etc.—and be sure they make sense. Then conduct due diligence, perhaps collaborating with or relying on other smart investors or a professional adviser.


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