Financial Poise

Articles tagged: Investing

A Few Minutes With… Kate Westfall, Senior Director of Content, Global AgInvesting & Event Director, GAI AgTech Week

Shortly after the financial crisis in 2009, investors were beginning to turn to real assets for portfolio stability. HighQuest Partners, a strategy consulting firm in the global food, agribusiness and biofuels sectors, began receiving many requests from institutional investors for help to understand the agricultural asset class. This influx of interest encouraged the firm to produce the first-ever Global AgInvesting conference in New York, which attracted about 150 people in its first year.

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A Few Minutes With… Sam Hodges, Co-Founder and U.S. Managing Director of Funding Circle

Funding Circle is the leading global marketplace for small business loans. We connect creditworthy small businesses who want to borrow with accredited investors and institutions who want to lend. Using technology to cut out the middleman, we can connect supply directly with demand for a fraction of the cost, creating a transparent marketplace that gives small businesses access to fast and affordable financing and investors the opportunity to invest in a new fixed income product. Since launching in 2010, Funding Circle has helped 35,000 investors lend almost $1 billion to 8,000 small businesses globally.

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A Few Minutes with…Jorge Newbery, CEO of American Homeowner Preservation

American Homeowner Preservation is a platform that not only provides a means for accredited investors to earn a respectable return on their money through investing in local real estate, but also provides homeowners sustainable solutions to be able to keep their homes. AIMkts recently sat down with Founder and CEO Jorge Newbery to find out how it works.

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A Few Minutes with… Henry Ward, CEO of eShares

eShares issues electronic shares for private companies and then acts as the registration agent for those companies. To use the service, a company sets up an account and designates certain people who can issue and sign certificates. eShares then manages the workflow of getting existing shares entered into the system.

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A few minutes with … Alex Mittal, CEO and Co-founder of FundersClub

FundersClub is a new type of venture capital platform, built around a unique online marketplace that allows accredited investors to become equity holders in FundersClub-managed venture funds – which then fund pre-screened, private companies. AIMkts spoke with CEO Alex Mittal about all things FundersClub to get some insight into why they’re industry wave makers right out of the gate, among other things.

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A few minutes with… Ryan Caldbeck, CEO, CircleUp

CircleUp is an equity crowdfunding platform, presently open only to accredited investors, which primarily features existing U.S. consumer products companies. Ryan Caldbeck, CircleUp’s CEO spoke with AIMkts about raising capital, their focus retail and consumer goods and CircleUp’s presence as an investment platform.

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Investing in Farmland

Investing in Farmland

U.S. farm real estate retained its value over the decade 2000 to 2010, despite the housing market’s tumble [see charts below]. In fact, the average value of land and buildings on farms has steadily increased since the late 1980s, with the sole exception of 2009.

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