‘The Investor’s Guide to Alternative Assets’ Earns Top Rating

Rule changes surrounding business financing and personal investing and the ongoing debate about who should be considered an “accredited investor” have created a lot of confusion out there. It’s a good time to go to school on some of these topics. Read more here.

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New Webinar! “A Guided Tour in a Crowded Landscape: How to Find the Right Crowdfunding Site for You”

Series: Crowdfunding 2015

Opportunities abound in the alternative investment space, but which is right for which type of investor? For investors looking at crowdfunding, listen in on the “A Guided Tour in a Crowded Landscape:  How to find the Right Crowdfunding Site for You” webinar for an in-depth explanation of how crowdfunding works, what different crowdfunding sites have to offer, and how to identify a crowdfunding site that will be a good fit for an investor’s needs. Read more here.

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U.S. Economy Better Than Original Estimates in First-Quarter 2015

The U.S. economy performed better than previously estimated in the first quarter of the year, revised government numbers show, providing more evidence that the economy is on a solid track in 2015. Gross Domestic Product, the measure of goods and services produced across the economy, decreased by an annual rate of 0.2 percent [PDF] in the first quarter of 2015, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The government initially reported that first-quarter GDP dropped 0.7 percent. Read more here.

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Who Should Invest in Seed-stage Companies under Reg A+?

The answer to our title question is, in our opinion, nobody should invest in seed-stage companies that raise capital under Regulation A+. This new securities exemption, based on Title IV of the JOBS Act of 2012, is structured primarily for growth- and later-stage companies. Prominent securities lawyers agree with us on this, but I’m going to present a dissenting opinion below, because we just don’t know for certain how the market will react and adjust to this new exemption. Read more here.

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When Her Smile is a Thin Disguise—How to Stop a Lying Judgment Creditor from Obtaining a Bankruptcy Discharge

A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will make it much more difficult for debtors to get a bankruptcy discharge when they have previously lied or failed to give required information during a prior post-judgment collection proceeding. Read more here.

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A Few Minutes With … Allen Kors

Allen Kors is Founder and CEO of Achieve Lending, the first  search engine for private student loans. Kors says students can use the Achieve Lending platform to shop, compare and choose between lenders and interest rates, often in as little as 30 seconds. Launched last year to help take some of the confusion out of the education marketplace, Kors says he wants to help students avoid the often catastrophic effects of misguided financial decisions.  Read more here.

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New Webinar! “How to Tackle a Private Placement”

Series: Securities Law 2015

Private placement offerings can be a key source of capital, but what should be considered in doing a private placement and how are they done?  This webinar will cover the risks that should be evaluated prior to doing a private placement, factors that should be taken into consideration, and benefits to those involved. Read more here.

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Rising Gas Costs Fuel May Spike in Consumer Prices

Consumer prices rose in May by the largest amount in more than two years, thanks mainly to a spike in gas prices – the biggest in six years. Aside from energy, prices remained flat, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. Read more here.

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New Webinar! “Roadmap to Selling a Company”

Series: Business Law Dumbed Down 2015

You are an owner or executive of a business that is getting to be sold.  You are an expert at your business but not an expert in M&A.  Multiples, earn-outs, indemnification buckets, and baskets are just some of the legal terms that your lawyer has started to throw around and which you don’t have a clue about.  This webinar is for you. Read more here.

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Equity Crowdfunding Performance Review: Billions for Startups, But What about Returns for Investors?

There is no lack of statistics about how much capital has been raised, and how those dollar amounts have increased year over year, in the new asset class called securities crowdfunding. The statistics about investor returns have been much less forthcoming, partly because securities crowdfunding is only a few years old, but also because investor returns are not as “transparent” as offerings and sales on funding platforms. Read more here.

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