Topics Under Category: "Investing"

A Progressive Investor’s Action Guide for the Next Administration

James Frazier | January 20, 2017

Concerned about the direction of the country? Make your voice—and money—heard, argues financial advisor James Frazier in this guest post.  Now that the 2016 presidential election is in the history books, the rough outlines of the next few years are starting to become a little clearer. We can reasonably expect a federal government with less […]

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Social Impact Investing: the Outlook for 2017

Locavesting Staff | December 31, 2016

For all its faults, we may look back at 2016 as the year that impact investing was democratized. Once the exclusive domain of wealthy individuals and institutions, impact investing is now within reach of any American with $100 to invest—thanks to the passage of the JOBS Act and new investment vehicles like those offered by […]

For Omidyar, Investing in High Social Impact is Worth The Lower Financial Returns

Anne Field | December 6, 2016

Some social enterprises promise fast growth and lofty financial returns for investors. Others, not so much. But according to a recent analysis from Omidyar Network, accepting lower returns in exchange for greater social impact is well worth the effort. That, of course, is good news for high-impact social entrepreneurs on the lower end of the […]

Before You Invest: The Basics of Financial Due Diligence

Huiwen Leo | August 8, 2016

Interested in investing in a company that is raising funds under Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), Regulation A or Regulation D? That means doing your homework— understanding what you are investing in and making an “informed investment decision.  In other words, due diligence. In this article, we’ll explore the basics of financial due diligence, which includes […]

For Investors, The Key to Crowdfunding Success is Due Diligence

Huiwen Leo | July 26, 2016

Thanks to the JOBS Act, average Americans can now invest in startups and small businesses, including companies raising funds under Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) and the revised Regulation A. This is new territory for investors, who may be wondering, What should I consider before investing? Are you the right person for this investment? A key […]

A New Option For Investing in Crowdfinance Alternatives From Your IRA

Amy Cortese | April 18, 2016

Investment crowdfunding is coming. But will you be able to invest? If you’re like many Americans, you may not have a pot of money sitting around to sink into crowdfunding investments. Heck, most Americans don’t even have the suggested rainy day fund set aside. But many of us do have individual retirement accounts, or IRAs—about […]

You’re an Investor in Food, Whether You Know it or Not

Brian Kaminer | April 4, 2016

“Everyone is an investor in food.” That’s the motto of Slow Money NYC, and it has rung true for me from the first time I heard it. As I started learning how interconnected everything is in life, the principles of Slow Money (a national organization that has inspired local groups like Slow Money NYC as well as […]

Demystifying CDFIs: How to Invest in a Loan Fund

Karen Seabury | January 12, 2016

Aeris (formerly known as CARS) is an information and ratings service for U.S. community investments—you might think of them as the Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s of the nonprofit finance world. Aeris rates organizations on their financial strength and social impact to help investors make informed decisions. Karen Seabury, Director of Ratings at Aeris, shares […]

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2015: The Year in Impact Investing & Social Enterprise

Anne Field | December 31, 2015

The idea that business can be a force for good has been gaining steam for years, but 2015 may have been the year that it went mainstream. Here’s a look back at some of the year’s most notable developments in the world of social enterprise and impact investing.  Mark Zuckerberg embraces impact investing. When the Facebook […]

Three Direct Public Offerings You Can Invest in Today

Locavesting Staff | December 22, 2015

Starting May 16, all investors, regardless of wealth, will be able to invest in private companies when the last piece of the JOBS Acts goes into effect. In the meantime, there’s an alternative: direct public offerings, or DPOs. These offerings use pre-JOBS Act exemptions to allow private companies to extend investment opportunities to ordinary investors. […]