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Random Musings About Stuff People Should Understand – By Jonathan Friedland

A Financial Poise column dedicated to the belief that most things in life are not that complicated, even though some people have a vested interest in trying to make you think they are.

Angel Investing

Installment 8: Venture Capital and Angel Investing

What is the difference between angel investing and VC? The first difference is money. Angel investors invest much smaller amounts. VC takes it from there.

crowdfunding

Accredited Investor Installment 7: Crowdfunding Under Title III of the Jobs Act

Crowdfunding has evolved from rewards-based funding to equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act. Is crowdfunding for you?

Crowdfunding Equities

Accredited Investor Installment 6: Equity Crowdfunding Under Regulation D

Equity crowdfunding developed under Regulation D matches startups with angel investors in weeks rather than months, shortening timelines all around.

crowdfunding

Accredited Investor Installment 5: Crowdfunding

In the first of three parts, discover the origins of crowdfunding, which started as rewards-based funding allowing investments in projects in return for rewards.

alternative investor

Installment 4: Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor

Overview of the Alternative Assets Landscape [Editor’s Note:  This is the fourth installment in a series of articles dedicated to the 95% of people in the U.S. who have never invested in a startup, a venture capital fund, a private equity fund, or a hedge fund even though they are permitted to do so and […]

Alternative investments

Installment 3: Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor

Overview of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 Editor’s Note:  This is the third installment in a series of articles dedicated to the 95% of people in the U.S. who have never invested in a startup, a venture capital fund, a private equity fund, or a hedge fund even though they are permitted […]

alternative investments

Installment 2: Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor

Meet Bob, Michele, David, and Isabella Editor’s Note:  this is the second installment in a series of articles dedicated to the 95% of people in the U.S. who have never invested in a startup, a venture capital fund, a private equity fund, or a hedge fund even though they are permitted to do so and […]

alternative assets

Installment 1: Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor

Who Is This Series For? This series of articles is written for the average “accredited investor.” An “accredited investor” is a legal term that refers to anyone (a) whose net worth, either alone or with a spouse, exceeds $1 million (not including the positive equity in her or his primary residence); or (b) who has […]

trump 1984

So. Much. Winning. Let’s Party Like It’s 1984

The S&P 500 fell 2.3% and the Dow fell 2.2% on Friday. Is the sky falling? Look, short-term market swings do not define an economy. On the other hand, a market that constantly swings based on what a single man tweets is not exactly the sine qua non for sound financial markets. Be that as […]

Sending Your Kid to College

Don’t Assume You Will Send Your Kids to College: An Investment Thesis

Is a university degree a good investment? The Economist Magazine asked this question last year and while the article concludes that statistics support the proposition that a college education generally makes good financial sense, it also concludes that, “like so much else in economics, [it] boils down to supply and demand.” In other words, a college education does not always make sense from a strictly financial perspective.

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