Category Archives: investing

New Products Bring Impact Investing to the Masses

Many individuals would like to know that their investments are doing some good in the world. One recent survey found that 75% of investors were interested in impact investing. But the $114 billion impact investment market has traditionally been the domain of foundations, institutions and wealthy  individuals. That’s changing. New financial products are opening up […]

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Will Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Reg A Inspire?

If you were vacationing in late August, you might have missed a notable milestone in the young annals of crowd investing: the IPO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which raised $30 million in four weeks using Regulation A+. Not only is it one of the best known brands and social enterprises to date […]

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Will Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Reg A Inspire?

If you were vacationing in late August, you might have missed a notable milestone in the young annals of crowd investing: the IPO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which raised $30 million in four weeks using Regulation A+. Not only is it one of the best known brands and social enterprises to date […]

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Revenue Share Deals Are Few, But Potentially Profitable, Data Shows

As we like to remind people, “equity” crowdfunding is a misnomer. The word suggests issuing stock, but businesses raising money through investment crowdfunding may also issue debt—through convertible notes, standard loans or a variation called a revenue share agreement. In these deals, investors extend money to a business, and are paid back through a share […]

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Revenue Share Deals Are Few, But Potentially Profitable, Data Shows

As we like to remind people, “equity” crowdfunding is a misnomer. The word suggests issuing stock, but businesses raising money through investment crowdfunding may also issue debt—through convertible notes, standard loans or a variation called a revenue share agreement. In these deals, investors extend money to a business, and are paid back through a share […]

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A Fund Where Investors and Homeowners Both Win

The mortgage crisis might seem like a distant memory, but in some ways, American families are more vulnerable than ever. More than 83,000 new families are impacted by foreclosure every month. Nationwide, one in every 200 homes goes into foreclosure. Jorge Newbery is out to change that. His company, American Homeowner Preservation (AHP), buys distressed mortgages […]

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Three Women-Owned Startups That You Can Invest In Today

Women entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when it comes to raising capital for their businesses. They’re turned down more often than men and, when they do raise money, they raise smaller sums. (It’s a good thing they know how to do more with less). That’s starting to change, as new funding options that bypass the […]

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Impact Investing Rise Good News for Women and Benefit Corps

Impact investing is expanding, and that is creating new opportunities for social enterprises, including Benefit Corporations, women-led firms and community-based ventures. Those are some of the implications of a recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) Foundation. “There are encouraging signs for social entrepreneurs,” says Meg Voorhes, director of research for […]

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Intrastate Crowdfunding Portal Plugs a Gap for Early Stage Capital in Vermont

Janice Shade was trying to grow her natural products company when she met Louisa Schibli, a blogger who was intrigued by Shade’s attempts to create a community-supported enterprise. The two Vermonters hit it off and vowed to start a company together someday. When the state’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption, the Vermont Small Business Offering Exemption (VSBO), was […]

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A Progressive Investor’s Action Guide for the Next Administration

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 […]