“What Angel Investors Know About Startup Investing That You Don't.”
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Though the Dow Jones Industrial Average has hovered over 14,000 for most of this year to date compared to its March 2009 low of 6,440, the performance of other securities markets has left much to be desired. One of the most referenced fixed-income benchmarks, The Barclays US Aggregate Index, has declined over 3 percent this year following indications from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke that the Central Bank may begin reducing bond purchases. With 12-month inflation rates reaching 2 percent in July, fixed income is hardly the preferred investment vehicle in which to tie up long-term capital.
Like private equity, hedge fund, and real estate investments, individual investments in startups – known as “angel investments” – are quickly gaining momentum. It's no wonder that the US investment industry is experiencing a transformation with a $23B angel investment industry boasting success stories like those of early Facebook investors yielding ROI in excess of …