Like Bitcoin? Then You’ll Love Equity Crowdfunding!

Like Bitcoin? Then You’ll Love Equity Crowdfunding!

Written by Zackary Richards for Excel Investing

The reason Excel Investing exists is to guide people through the ins and outs of the new economy. To clarify the corporate speak and legalese used by big money to keep the small investor out. As stated in previous posts we believe that cryptocurrencies are the future of money. And I’m quoting Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other opportunities to make a considerable profit in this new economy. Ones the average person rarely hears about.

Why? Because big money understands how money works and are always actively looking for opportunities to make more of it. While we faithfully save what little we can in a savings account where it makes no interest and loses 3% a year in value due to inflation. Or we place our money in so-called blue-chip stocks or IRAs only to see them crash and burn every eight to ten years when the market goes into a free fall, or their value gets drastically reduced by hidden brokers fees.

Listen carefully.

The economy is on the verge of a massive adaptation that will most certainly affect you. And it already has, Nixon abolished the gold standard in the 1970s and in the 1980s a savings account in a bank generated an average interest rate of 10% compounded quarterly.

Now you get nearly nothing, and the fed is printing new money every day which lowers its buying power. So it’s essential to learn what opportunities are available now and how to invest and benefit from them.

Let me explain Equity Crowdfunding.

Equity crowdfunding allows people to invest in a private company, which is a company not listed on any stock exchange, that is just starting out, in return for shares, or a percentage of ownership in that company.

In April 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act, which gave people the ability to invest in private companies. In return, those private companies were permitted to raise up to 1 million dollars from investors over a one-year period.

To qualify you need be a U.S citizen over 18 years of age. People from other countries can invest but it is strongly advised that they check with their countries laws regarding securities.

Here’s something you probably don’t know.

Equity Crowdfunding is the darling of the monied-set. It permits them to get in on something that promises to become very profitable. Small internet startups have gone from zero to billions in a short period of just a few years. Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Nest (bought by Google for 2 billion +) and too many others to name.

How do you get in on this? It’s simple but I must first warn you that any investment is risky. That’s the way it is and that’s the way its always been. If you want to make money, there is always some type of risk.

Even with a day job you run the risk of lay-offs even if you are very good at your job.

There are several places where you can get started. BUT… As we ALWAYS advise before investing, spend a month or so familiarizing yourself with that opportunity. Do your due diligence, Google reviews of that company, search twitter for input. Always diversify, because things change and often very quickly regarding startups.

Here are four places where you can get started. Give them a look and surf the opportunities they offer.

Equity/Indiegogo

Seedinvest

Wefunder

Angellist

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