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What Are the Most Common Types of Investment Fraud?

As an investor, even when you’re on the lookout for fraudulent activity, it can be difficult to spot. If you don’t know what to look for, you’re especially vulnerable to being scammed. To best protect yourself, then, it’s best to become familiar with the more common types of investment fraud. Types of Investment Fraud to Protect Yourself From Pyramid schemes – In this well-known form of fraud, members of a business promise you incredible returns over a short period. All you have to do is either work for free or hand over a small amount of money to them. Then, get your friends to do the same. Although it’s possible to make money this way, most new investors get little or nothing back from their investments, while the old investors benefit handsomely from it. Pyramid schemes die off quickly, as they rely on new investments to make money, and only…
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How Should I Best Fund My Small Business Idea?

  The greatest deterrent to starting one’s own business is likely the question of funding. Following a small business idea requires capital, a commodity that few entrepreneurs have when starting out. With this being the case, they look to outside sources for funding. Sources such as family, friends, and, eventually, angel investors. Let’s go into more depth about what this process looks like, for each source. Sources for Funding Your Small Business Idea Family and friends – While this can be the easiest place to look to for funding, be careful. You don’t want to unknowingly take advantage of the love your friends and family have for you by tying them to a failing business idea. If your friends feel like you used them for money, it could irreparably damage your relationship. Small business loans – Despite popular belief, there are many organizations who are interested in lending to small…
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4 Simple Tips for Investing in Luxury Real Estate

The wealthy will always be buying high-end housing, which is one of the many reasons why investing in luxury real estate can be a lucrative endeavor. However, just because your customer base works in large sums of money doesn’t mean turning a profit is going to be easy. Luxury real estate has a few unique facets that you should learn if you want to cash in on the niche. Let’s take a quick look at some basics. 4 Simple Tips for Investing in Luxury Real Estate Play the long game: All real estate investments tend to be long-term, but this is especially true in luxury real estate. You aren’t going to quickly turn around a house for a large profit. You need to have the patience and resources to think long-term in this niche. If you can’t afford to wait, you might want to focus on a different area. Hire…
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Has the Housing Market Finally Recovered from the Crash?

If you own a home you’re in luck, because it looks like the housing market has finally recovered from the crash. Numbers from the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Index, a composite of housing prices throughout the country, shows that real estate prices are finally higher than they were in 2006. Yes, after a decade, the market has once again hit an all-time high. The spike in home prices is especially pronounced in urban areas. For example, Seattle saw the biggest boost, with a price increase of 11 percent, followed by Portland at 10.7 percent. On average, the 20 largest American cities had a 5.2 percent price increase in 2016. Possible explanations for the bump include a recovering economy, the millennial generation coming of age and, most of all, low interest rates on mortgages. What Does This Mean for the Real Estate Market? It’s likely that interest rates are going to…
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4 Tips for Raising Business Capital

Nearly every business needs to start by raising business capital. First, most entrepreneurs pull from their own accounts or borrow from friends and family, but often in order to scale beyond a certain point it is necessary to talk to investors. Many businesses fail because they don’t know how to get past this crucial step. Here are some tips from the experts on how to raise funds. 4 Tips for Raising Business Capital Build a newsletter audience: Even if you aren’t ready to make a pitch yet, creating an investor newsletter can be a great first step. This can help you get your company’s financial information in front of investors, build creditability and even create relationships with investors. This can go a long way, because when it finally comes time to talk to investors, many will already know about your business. Master your pitch or find someone who can: Perhaps…
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