When you think of investing, your mind may jump immediately to the stock market. Although that’s one option, it’s certainly not your only option for investing. In fact, most financial experts recommend a diverse approach to investing, which means including more than just stocks in your portfolio. If you’ve ever thought about investing in other options, you may be interested in learning more about mortgage notes as an investment opportunity.
Investors want better rates than they are getting from their banks, but stock markets seem too risky. With all the uncertainties in the world’s economies, investors are looking at ways of diversifying their assets. Property is often the first choice for an investor with a longer-term outlook.
Why Real Estate Debt Funds Should Be Part of Your Investment Portfolio
Real estate debt funds are relatively new players in the investment field, having blossomed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Traditionally, investors have been recommended to look at a blend of investments, including equities, with a view to realizing capital growth over the medium to long term. Yet, real estate debt funds now form the core of many portfolios; in his blog post, Private Real Estate Debt: The Pandemic’s Impact and the Industry’s Future, Craig Solomon, CEO of Square Mile Capital writes:
“Private lending has been one of the standout growth stories in private real estate over the past decade… the industry stands at $190 billion in aggregate assets under management…” Continue reading “Add Real Estate Debt Funds To Your Private Investment Portfolio”
An Investor’s Guide to Real Estate Debt Funds
Real estate debt funds first emerged in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, providing an efficient way to connect lenders with developers needing short-term capital for a range of commercial real estate projects. Following the crisis, traditional lenders tightened regulations and liquidity requirements for borrowers. Banks were resistant to offering loans for commercial real estate and, if they did offer loans, they placed greater focus on income and cash flow than on equity and assets. Real estate debt funds were able to service a small but potentially very profitable niche market.
New amendments from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will expand the pool of eligible investors available for private offerings, benefiting both would-be investors and companies looking to raise capital. Towards the end of last year, the SEC proposed amendments to its definition of “accredited investor” in Securities Act Rules 215 and 501(a), and to the definition of “qualified institutional buyer” (QIB) in Rule 144A.3 T. The amendments, confirmed on August 26, make more investors eligible, as “accredited investors,” to participate in private capital markets.
The original definition of “accredited investor” limited investment in private offerings to those people with specific income or net worth. Previously, would-be investors were assessed on their financial profile, usually requiring a minimum income of $200,000 (or $300,000 for spouses), or a minimum net worth or asset ownership of $1 million, either individually or jointly. With the new amendments, both individual and institutional investors who don’t pass the existing tests for income or net worth but meet defined measures of professional knowledge, or expertise, may now qualify to be “accredited investors.”
What will the post-COVID economic scene look like? What will be the best way to invest money when the economy starts to recover and where to invest money to get good returns? With America’s economic future subject to so many variables, investors must consider all likely scenarios when planning potential investment strategies.