The Industry

desk with laptop and finance report with business people in background
desk with laptop and finance report with business people in background

What, where, and who is “The Industry”.   In fact the Industry marks its beginnings as the date the first share of stock was sold in the United States.   As the term goes, “The rest is history”  all neatly catagorized under two words, “Wall Street”.   The Transaction: currency is exchanged for securities, conveying either a debt or equity interest in a legal entity.   Over the years a wide range of entities have been established that work on either side of this transaction and some cases both.  Evolution has happened over 220 years puncuated with Depressions, Recessions, Black Fridays, Black Mondays, Black Tuesdays, and an assortment of other colorful and untimely mishaps.  Today the Investment Industry has many moving pieces and distinct segments.  There are the major stock exchanges with the New York Stock Exchange NASDAQ being the largest.  The vast majority of these stocks are publicly traded.   An extremely small percentage of the investing public hold 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.

 

JOBS Act of 2012

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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act or JOBS Act, is a law intended to encourage funding of United States small businesses by easing various securities regulations. It passed with bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. Title III, also known as the CROWDFUND Act, has drawn the most public attention because it creates a way for companies to use crowdfunding to issue securities, something that was not previously permitted.[1] Title II went into effect on September 23, 2013.[2] On October 30, 2015, the SEC adopted final rules allowing Title III equity crowdfunding.[3][4] These rules went into effect on May 16, 2016. Other titles of the Act had previously become effective in the years since the Act’s passage.

The JOBS Act substantially changed a number of laws and regulations making it easier for companies to both go public and to raise capital privately and stay private longer. Changes include exemptions for crowdfunding, a more useful version of Regulation A, generally solicited Regulation D Rule 506 offerings, and an easier path to registration of an initial public offering (IPO) for emerging growth companies.[21]

The legislation, among many other things, extends the amount of time that certain new public companies have to begin compliance with certain requirements, including certain requirements that originated with the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, from two years to five years.[

 

 

 

 

Objectives

Investment on Pocket Watch Face with Close View of Watch Mechanism. Time Concept. Vintage Effect.The objective of this site is provide a wide range of resources for both the investors and the issuers of private securities. Once the exclusive domain of investment professionals.  It is not that individual investors were prohibited from participation, for the most part, they were never given the opportunity.    Two words best characterize the primary advantage of the JOBS Act of 2102, public solicitation.  Now for the first time in eighty years issuers of private securities can now reach out to strangers for money.

The Gallup’s annual Economy and Finance survey, conducted in 2015 show about 52% of adults in the US have invested in stocks, approximately 125 million people.  The assumption that the investing public has been harboring a pent-up demand to purchase high risk, non-liquid securities in private companies has proven not to be the case.   The success of donation sites like Kickstarter has aptly demonstrated the public’s willingness to spend on the average of $57 to help entrepreneurs to bring to market “The Next Big Thing” or at least be the first to get a new app for their iPhone.  Buying stock is a whole different thing.

The World of Private Offerings plans to develop a variety of material to assist those new to alternative investments.  The JOBS Act of 2o12 brings both opportunities and challenges for both issuers and investors.  Issuers must find innovative and effective ways to reach out to over 125 million potential investors to “tell their story”.  In turn, the investing public has to evaluate the overall risks and rewards of investing in this sector and then proceed to sort out the winners from the losers.  The World of Private Offerings is dedicated to developing and presenting relevant resources to support both the sellers and buyers of private offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

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