Did you know that the entire investment world changed on May 16, 2016?
It's true. That's the day the government unlocked the investment vault (full of the good stuff) to regular, individual investors like you and me.
That's the day we got permission to invest outside the box of boring old mutual funds, mainstream stocks, and real estate and invest in a whole world of cool, alternative investments.
An alternative investment is an asset that is not one of the conventional investment types, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. Most alternative investment assets are held by institutional investors or accredited, high-net-worth individuals because of the complex natures and limited regulations of the investments. Alternative investments include private equity, hedge funds, managed futures, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts.
Did you catch the part about “institutional investors or accredited high net worth individuals?”
That's just code for only fancy people and rich companies can invest in the good stuff.
And it's been that way since back in 1933 when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the first chairman, Joseph Kennedy, decided that “regular” folks needed to be protected from investing in anything out of the ordinary.
Of course, everyone knows that the most profitable ventures are the ones “out of the ordinary” and some believe that old man Kennedy rigged the system in favor of the rich.
Well, not anymore!
It's a brave new world and now we get to “self-direct” our investments.
We now have unprecedented access to the good stuff.
The HIGHLY profitable stuff.
The stuff that used to be off limits just prior to May 2016.
The stuff that I had no clue even existed back when I first started investing back in 1990.
Look, making money isn't hard.
But people sure do make it a whole lot more complicated than it has to be.
Let me tell you a story about my friend Chaz.
He's a real estate investor in Colorado and I met him several years ago.
He and his partner contacted me for advice on growing their fix & flip operation.
So, I helped.
And then Chaz flipped 100 houses in 6 years.
And it nearly killed him. Literally.
So, we chatted again about how to get him off that crazy roller coaster (and his blood pressure meds) and we settled on an alt investing strategy that is perfect for him.
And now he averages 16% returns as a private lender. By pushing a button. On his phone.
Back in the olden days (before May 2016), regular peeps like you, me, and Chaz couldn't access “alternative” investments.
It was the same old boring stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that everyone and their Aunt Sally had access to.
Then, when we wanted higher returns, many of us turned to real estate.
And real estate is great, but most of the strategies require a TON of work and cash to make any money.
I've personally closed 612 real estate deals and raised $30.3 million in capital to fund them.
I've fixed and flipped houses, been a landlord, run a mortgage company, put together multi-million dollar investment funds to buy commercial real estate…
… and the honest truth is that I don't want to work that hard to make money anymore.
And neither should YOU.
So, for years as I've taught more than 12,000 students how to invest in real estate, I've been quietly growing a portfolio of alternative investments in real estate (all passive), stock (options and pot stocks), private lending, and crowdfunding.
As I mentioned, Monday, May 16, 2016 was the first day that ordinary people like us — not just the super-rich like the Kennedy's — were able to invest in the next Uber or Snapchat.
That’s because Title III of the JOBS Act, otherwise known as Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF, legalized investment crowdfunding that day.
Reg CF opens up the investor pool to over 300 million potential investors just like you, me, and Chaz.
In April 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act.
The JOBS Act makes capital more accessible for startups and small businesses, gives more people the ability to participate in alternative investment opportunities, and ultimately, creates jobs.
And with the reg CF rules FINALLY being issued, for the first time in 83 years, ordinary people have access to the exact same secret investment opportunities that have historically been reserved for the ultra-wealthy.
Here at the Investor Insights, we focus on four alternative investment strategies:
Real Estate: Cash flow from property investments averaging 9% – 23%.
Stocks: Triple digit returns on options and marijuana stocks. The Green Rush is on!
Private Lending: 7% – 20% on private loans and notes as low as $25 on peer to peer lending sites.
Crowdfunding: 100x on early stage, angel investments in private start-up companies.
Just like Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California who made a $15,000 early stage investment in Snapchat that's now worth $24 million thanks to their 2017 IPO.
A guy at the school said, “Hey, let's make an early stage investment in Snapchat” and the principal said, “Cool.”
And now that school has enough cash to pay LeBron James to coach their basketball team.
My point in telling you about Chaz… and the guy at Saint Francis HS is to prove to you, that if you want to become rich, you don’t need to be a genius, and you don’t need a network of high-profile contacts.
You don’t even need much capital.
You just need to do things differently — you need to start investing where other folks aren’t.
Look, if you continue to invest in mainstream stocks, mutual funds, and bonds like the rest of the sheeple, you’ll always be looking over your shoulder wondering when the next 2008 is coming to wipe you out.
And if you want to try to mitigate that potential disaster by investing in real estate the old-fashioned way (flipping or being a landlord), then get prepared for a ton of hard work, risk, and heartache like Chaz experienced.
But if you want to become wealthy – building a portfolio of alternative investments that produce extra income NOW and pay off big in the FUTURE – then you need to do something different.
Unfortunately, for the last 83 years, this was nearly impossible. That's the bad news.
The good news is that now we can ALL get access to high-yield, low-risk, alternative investment opportunities.
And it doesn't take much to get started.
So if you’re already retired, or retirement is on the horizon…
Or if you’re still struggling to recover from the 2008 crash…
Or even if you’re just trying to grow a side income so you can live life on your terms…
… then I'd love to show YOU how to build an alt portfolio for passive income now.