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For those of you out there who don’t really know this, until 2013 the SEC push restrictions on group funding of real estate deals through general solicitation, but due to the passing of the Jobs Act, it lifted those restrictions and really paved the way to the growth of crowdfunding, which is probably why you’re starting to see more and more of these crowdfunding websites popping up such as RealtyMogul, Crowdshare, fundrise, Realtyshare, Oberlo and oberlo alternatives. These sites open up new opportunities for investors to participate in deals that they probably really worried to before on their own (just like they’re worried in taking part in high ticket dropshipping). Property generally speaking is just a way of spreading out the risk as well as the reward among a larger pool of investors and these websites like to buy into these investments in smaller chunks, that makes it a lot more accessible for the average investor, rather than, say, having to put an entire lump sum down for one deal or having to fund an entire development from start to finish on your own. Both options are very expensive, but crowdfunding helps alleviate that. What are the overall advantages and disadvantages of crowdfunding you might be asking? So to get things started to talk about some of the advantages for all my eight to five hours out there who want the benefits of real estate investing but just don’t have the time. This may be a good option for you, crowdfunding is more of a capital investment. You’re a silent investor, you’re getting all the benefits of investing. You just don’t have a say in how the money is allocated. One of the major benefits is that you get to broaden your investment options (including via the use of shopify chrome extension), rather than put $50,000 into one deal you can spread that among two, three four deals using crowdfunding and create multiple streams of income. So that’s another way of thinking about it.

Also you have accessibility to accredited investors. Some of these websites will even vet their members to make sure that they have the right amount of income that they continue to fund the deals, because some of these sites have minimums of a hundred thousand, not everybody can do that. But if you can participate in these networks, you have a possibility of connecting with some of these other highly successful investors, which is very valuable.

Most of this is done online. You can track your progress, track where your Investments go there’s not much of a paper trail, of course in the digital error that always makes things a lot easier at least for some of us. The next thing too is because you’re not managing, you’re not landlording – you don’t have to deal with tenants, toilets and trash huge relief, which is a huge relief. And of course, there’s lower fees which means better returns. Some of these websites provide the removal of the middleman – no agents, no brokerage. You could save on those fees, which definitely adds up across several deals saving you money and of course depending on who you crowdfund with, you could potentially say goodbye to indefinite holding periods. Unlike the money market, mutual funds we get penalized for pulling them out, pulling money out early for crowdfunding is a little bit more flexible. But yet there are still some hoops you got to jump through. But of course, you don’t have to wait until 65 to pull your money out. In any case, it is still of vital importance to learn how to drive traffic to your shopify store.

Now, let’s talk about some of the cons. Most crowdfunding requires a minimum investment. So if you’re thinking you can get involved with a few hundred bucks or maybe a thousand, two thousand you may not be able to participate. Most websites have a minimum of $5,000. Okay, one of the other disadvantages, depending on the deal, the chances are you may not see any type of return for a few months, 6 even 12 months, especially if you’re investing in one of those development type deals, where you just have to wait for it to be built first and cross your fingers that it’s going to be a successful deal. But make sure you pay attention to those types of Investments. Next one is if you’re a control freak, this is not going to be a good fit for you and what that means is,

again, you’re a silent investor. So if for any reason you had an emergency where you need immediately pull this money out, it could be rather difficult depending on the deal and if it’s a deal that’s failing going down and you’re trying to pull out, more than likely you’re not going to find anybody to take over for you and you could potentially lose your money. So lack of liquidity is a big one for some investors. That’s one risk of investment default from real rstate developers is higher in crowdfunding than peer-to-peer. Any situation where you have a management company who go there is doing good or not. It’s going to be a lot harder for you to control it than say a peer-to-peer, one-on-one, where your input is actually being heard and executed next less experienced investors are more likely to get stuck in a crowdfunding campaign that they cannot afford, purely to the fact of lack of due diligence, many new investors will get blindsided by the amazing appeal of ROI on these websites and just put their money in, without really doing the necessary research and homework and in that sense, you’re going to set yourself up to potential heartbreak.

So always remember to do your due diligence and your homework, to alleviate some of these risks, research the track record for some of these companies, next the taxation regulations of crowdfunding can be difficult for some, whether you’re investing through an entity or sole proprietorship. Crowdfunding is relatively new, so we’re still trying to figure out the details unless you were up to date with these tax laws this can definitely slow you.

Down to the last but not least – if a company’s due diligence process is not extensive enough, it’s like some of these newer companies that are popping up, it could cause for poor vetting and allow some of these deals to get through that aren’t quality and you won’t know they’re bad until you put your money in and it goes, which can be scary. So it all comes down to how much research you put in. Crowdfunding real estate is like any investment strategy. It’s essential for you to do your homework and research, report putting any of your hard-earned cash into a deal. This means looking at the experience, the track record of these real estate developers, who are soliciting crowdfunding money from you. Don’t be immediately fooled by the ROI or the returns – these sites are designed to flash in front of you, so you do put your money in, so don’t be distracted by any of the shiny object and all the promises and guarantees you got to get down to the numbers, get down to the facts, get down to the details and assess your risk because remember there’s no such thing as a sure thing, especially in real estate.

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of American start-up Theranos that promised to revolutionize blood testing, has agreed to settle charges that she raised over $700 million fraudulently.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos deceived investors about the company’s technology.

The financial regulator also said the company had falsely claimed its products had been used by the US army in Afghanistan.

Elizabeth Holmes will lose control of the company and be fined $500,000.

An SEC official called the fallout an “important lesson for Silicon Valley”.

Jina Choi, director of the SEC’s San Francisco regional office, said: “Innovators who seek to revolutionize and disrupt an industry must tell investors the truth about what their technology can do today – not just what they hope it might do someday.”

The company was founded in 2003 when Elizabeth Holmes was only 19, and sought to develop an innovative blood testing device.

Theranos said its Edison device could test for conditions such as cancer and cholesterol with only a few drops of blood from a finger-prick, rather than taking vials from a vein.

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In 2015, Forbes magazine estimated Elizabeth Holmes’ wealth at $4.5 billion.

However, in the same year reports in the Wall Street Journal suggested the devices were flawed and inaccurate.

By 2016 Forbes magazine had revised its estimates of Elizabeth Holmes’ fortune to “nothing”.

The charges were brought against the company and its former president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani as well as Elizabeth Holmes.

The SEC plans to bring a case against Sunny Balwani.

The agency alleged that Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny Balwani made a series of false and misleading statements in investor presentations, product demonstrations and interviews, saying: “Theranos, Holmes, and Balwani claimed that Theranos’ products were deployed by the US Department of Defence on the battlefield in Afghanistan and on medevac helicopters and that the company would generate more than $100m in revenue in 2014.

“In truth, Theranos’ technology was never deployed by the US Department of Defense and generated a little more than $100,000 in revenue from operations in 2014…

“In truth, according to the SEC’s complaint, Theranos’ proprietary analyzer could complete only a small number of tests, and the company conducted the vast majority of patient tests on modified and industry-standard commercial analyzers manufactured by others.”

Credit Suisse and Barclays have been fined a total of $154 million over their “dark pool” trading operations in the US.

“Dark pool” operations allow investors to trade large blocks of shares but keep the prices private.

Barclays has admitted misleading investors and violating securities law in the way it operated the pool. The bank will pay a $70 million fine.

Credit Suisse will pay $60 million and another $24.3 million relating to other violations.

The fines will be split between the State of New York and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The New York Attorney General and the SEC have both censured the two banks for their misconduct.Credit Suisse dark pool fine

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said: “These cases mark the first major victory in the fight against fraud in dark pool trading that began when we first sued Barclays.”

He added that “co-ordinated and aggressive government action” had led to “admissions of wrongdoing, and meaningful reforms to protect investors from predatory, high-frequency traders”.

“We will continue to take the fight to those who aim to rig the system and those who look the other way,” Eric Schneiderman said.

Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC’s enforcement division said: “Dark pools have a significant role in today’s equity marketplace, and the firms that run these venues must ensure that they do not make mis-statements to subscribers about their material operations.”

Credit Suisse will neither admit nor deny the allegations.

A spokeswoman said the bank was “pleased to have resolved these matters” with the SEC and the New York attorney general.

A Barclays representative said: “The agreement will enable us to focus all of our efforts on serving our clients.”

In 2015, Barclays lost an attempt to have the case dismissed.

Part of the point of dark pool trading systems is to allow institutions to sell large numbers of shares privately, helping to make sure their actions don’t result in a cut in the price they can get.

Trading in CYNK Technology has been suspended by the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) after shares in the little-known social networking company surged more than 23,000% in the past month.

Documents showed the company – which is registered in Nevada with an office in Belize City, Belize – had no revenue and one employee.

Shares in CYNK jumped from 6 cents in early June to $13.90 on July 10, despite uncertainty about its business and revenue structure

Shares in CYNK jumped from 6 cents in early June to $13.90 on July 10, despite uncertainty about its business and revenue structure

Shares in CYNK were traded in a lightly regulated “over the counter” exchange.

The SEC halted trading until July 24.

“It appears to the SEC that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of CYNK Technology Corp (“CYNK”) because of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequacy of information in the marketplace and potentially manipulative transactions in CYNK’s common stock,” wrote the SEC in its order suspending trading in the company.

On July 11, another US regulator – the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) – had halted trading in CYNK under its “extraordinary event halt” code.

Shares in CYNK jumped from 6 cents in early June to $13.90 on July 10, despite uncertainty about its business and revenue structure. That values places the company at a valuation of close to $4 billion – just slightly above the valuation of airline JetBlue.

CYNK billed itself as a “development stage” company and its main website – introbiz.com – is described as a marketplace where one “may both buy and sell the ability to socially connect to individuals such as celebrities, business owners, and talented IT professionals”.