Friday, August 29, 2008

Alternative Investments: Where To Find And Finance Them

The popularity of alternative investments has grown tremendously over the past few years. This helped spawn the creation of NuWire Investor, along with many other alternative investment focused companies. No matter how Wall Street tries to slice and dice it, the stock market just doesn’t cut it for every investor. There are lots of investors who want more control over their investments, or the opportunity to invest in things that are outside of the mainstream. Alternative investments are certainly not for everyone, but they are great for the right kind of investor. Since many alternative investments fall outside the mainstream, locating them can sometimes be difficult…enter NuWire Investor’s Opportunity platform.

Our Opportunity platform is still new, and we admit there are some kinks still to be worked out, but it offers a place for Investors and alternative investment providers to come together (for FREE I might add). If you are interested in alternative investments, or if you sell alternative investments, I encourage you to take some time to visit our Opportunity platform.

Once you find an alternative investment you like, then the next question for many people is how you are going to finance it. Some of the more mainstream investments, such as domestic real estate, are fairly easy to finance, but it can become a little trickier with today’s lending climate. Some opportunities that you can find on our site, though, have made arrangements with hedge funds and the like in order to offer investors incredible financing packages. A couple developments are offering 90 percent LTV investor financing (even for stated borrowers) at decent rates. Try getting that from a local bank: (This developer even offers a $500 discount for NuWire readers--We like those!)

In addition, there is also the possibility of using one's retirement funds to buy alternative investments; this structure is called a self-directed IRA. There are several providers that can set up these account structures, with the main difference among them being whether or not you want checkbook control. The largest custodial self-directed IRA provider is Entrust and the largest checkbook self-directed IRA provider is Guidant Financial Group, who recently made the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing businesses, at #384. (Full disclosure: Guidant Financial Group and NuWire, Inc. are owned by the same parent corporation.) Typically, the drawback to the checkbook account is the cost, but some creative developers are offering to pay for clients' self-directed IRA accounts:

Alternative investments are here to stay, and if you happen to be one of those investors who prefer to take more control over their investments, or who just prefer to stray from the ordinary, I urge you to monitor (and add to, if you sell these investments) our Opportunity platform. The more involvement we get from the alternative investment world, the better this website will become. If you choose to take up one of the offers, I also encourage you to come back after completing the transaction and let the NuWire community know how your experience went. You can do this by leaving a comment on the opportunity itself, or by simply sending us an email at and we can pass on the message. We are excited about this new Opportunity platform and hopefully as an alternative investor, you are, too.

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