If you’ve read my articles over the past few months (heck, over the past few years even), then you already know where the real money is being made in the market.
It’s not in a specific sector like technology, although some of those gains have been phenomenal. And it’s certainly not coming from investments in bonds that barely pay any interest.
No, the real money is being made before companies ever hit the open markets. The BIG profits are all taken home by private investors these days.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at a few examples.
In the first year that eBay was a public company, its shares ran up an incredible 872%! Every $10,000 investment in the IPO grew to be worth nearly $100,000… in just a year! That’s an impressive gain, right?
Sure, until you see how much the folks made who got some skin in the game early while eBay was still private. They were able to turn every $10,000 into over $10 MILLION with their 105,000% win!
Makes that 872% seem like child’s play, right?
Or how about LinkedIn? From the day it went public until the day it was bought out by Microsoft, LinkedIn’s stock more than tripled in value.
Anyone who bought the IPO and held until the sale walked away with a respectable 336% gain. That would have turned every $10,000 investment into $43,555. And that would have probably made them pretty pleased with their investment acumen.
That is until they realized that the early investors, the ones who got in before the company went public, walked away with a 261,900% profit! That means their $10,000 investment grew to a massive fortune worth over $26 MILLION.
And if you think those differences in profits are stark, just wait until you see this one.
Amazon has been one of the most successful stock investments of all time. Since going public at a mere $18 a share back in 1997, the stock has gone on a rampage. As I type, shares are up around 170,300%!
That’s even better than eBay’s private investors did! It would have turned every $10,000 invested in the IPO into over $17 MILLION! That’s a great trade right there, right?
Again, sure… until you see how much the early investors walked away with. Those folks are looking at a 14,000,000% gain. That’s fourteen-million-percent profit! 14 MILLION!!
Think about that for a second. A 14-million-percent profit turns $10,000 into $1.4 BILLION!
Even a $1,000 private investment in Amazon would have netted you $140 MILLION in profits!
So, if you still think the stock market is where the big money gets made, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re sorely mistaken.
The stock market isn’t the best place to make money, it’s just the best place available to most of us.
The Great Equalizer
Horace Mann famously called education “the great equalizer.” But I’ve also heard people call investing the same thing, and I see where they’re coming from.
In investing, everyone who buys and sells at the same time gets the same price and the same gain (or loss). The prices in the stock markets are set by supply and demand and aren’t (at least not usually) controlled by a small group.
But in order for investing to truly be an equalizer, we all need equal access to the same investments. And that hasn’t been the case for a long time.
You see, pre-IPO, or private investing, has always been off-limits to most people. You had to be super-wealthy (or accredited) and you had to be super-connected (to find the investments at all).
That meant that at least 99% of the investing public was cut out of these lucrative deals — probably even more, to be honest, because even those who were rich enough to make the grade had trouble with the second part: finding the investments.
But that’s all finally changed and we can finally call investing a true equalizer.
Thanks to a landmark act of U.S. Congress, the lucrative private markets are now open to anyone over the age of 18.
Now we’ve all got access to the same kinds of investments that let Amazon insiders turn a grand into a veritable fortune, but with that new opportunity comes new risk.
You see, private investments aren’t the same as public ones. Publicly traded companies are required by law to make quarterly financial reports and engage external auditors to confirm those numbers. Private ones don’t have to do that.
Public companies are easily comparable because all their information is public and they’ve got peers that are also public and transparent.
But private companies are difficult to assess because they don’t have to make any information public if they don’t want to.
And that opens up the doors to scammers looking to trick people out of their money.
Swimming with Sharks
Whenever a new market opens, there are always opportunists trying to take advantage of people who don’t have the experience to know better. And this market is no different.
They try to use esoteric language to hide their misdeeds. They use complicated share structures in the hopes that investors won’t take the time to see who really owns what. They tell an exciting story about potential markets despite having no product or service to sell.
And because of the opacity of the information in the private market, it’s tougher to spot the attacker.
They’re like bull sharks; they eat anything and prefer to hunt in murky waters.
But there are also incredible opportunities out there in the private markets, opportunities to make those earthshaking profits like the early investors in LinkedIn, eBay, and Amazon made.
So you can’t just sit on the beach because there are sharks in the water. You’ve got to go out and swim. But knowing there’s something that wants to eat you, you’ve also got to bring protection.
And that’s where I come in. You see, I’ve spent decades working with serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors. I cut my teeth, so to speak, at the second biggest investment bank in the world, and I’ve been investing in the private markets myself for years.
I put in the time and training to learn how to evaluate private companies (and how to spot a scam from a mile away), and I want to share that experience with you.
Think of my offer as a financial shark cage. You can get in the water and experience all the benefits, but you’ll have a sturdy barrier keeping you and the sharks just far enough apart.
Off to a Flying Start
Knowing there were a lot of sharks and scammers out there, I founded a new kind of investment advisory service this year. We’re entirely focused on the private markets that used to be off-limits to the majority of us.
We helped fund a cannabis delivery service that’s already expanding into other countries.
We helped get a life sciences company to scale and are now eagerly awaiting its IPO later this year.
We funded the construction of environmentally friendly barns that will reduce the stress on the animals that live in them and reduce costs for the farmers who operate them.
And we got the opportunity to invest in an up-and-coming EV startup at the same terms Elon Musk got when he provided the seed money for Tesla.
And that’s just the start. I’ve got another investment opportunity coming down the pike in the next couple of weeks that’s one of the most exciting I’ve ever encountered.
This is a startup with multimillion-dollar revenues that’s also got positive cash flows. That’s unheard of in this market. And it’s going to fill up very fast once it’s open.
Thousands of investors are already using my analysis and advice to build their pre-IPO portfolios, but I want you along for the ride too.