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What You Should Know About Underground Mining investments

Industry Articles & Legislative News / 10 Oct 2018

What You Should Know About Underground Mining investments

Just as numerous industries suffered in the great recession, so did surface and underground mining, and, consequently, mining equipment. But that was then, and this is now. The industry has reclaimed territory, and investors are taking notice.

Deciphering the Signal out of a Noisy [but Mature] Residential Solar Market

Industry Articles & Legislative News / 28 Sep 2018

Deciphering the Signal out of a Noisy [but Mature] Residential Solar Market

Recent solar industry headlines (see the latest from Forbes) would suggest that international trade negotiations (or perhaps more precisely, disputes or wars) are among the most important things to know about solar. Opinions vary on the efficacy of such international policy, but suffice it to say that this escalating trade kerfuffle is masking the growing strength of the solar industry. Let’s not get caught up in the headlines. Be smart and take a deeper dive.

Angel and Venture Alert: The Case for Investing in Orphan Drugs

Industry Articles & Legislative News / 19 Sep 2018

Angel and Venture Alert: The Case for Investing in Orphan Drugs

No, we’re not talking about developing drugs for orphans. But for 25 million Americans, according to the NIH, an “Orphan Drug” (one that serves fewer than 200k users and includes diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome, among others) can spell the difference between misery (or worse) and getting through the day. How are traditional vs. orphan drugs developed, and why should you care?

Why Pay Attention to Blue Gem Coal?

Industry Articles & Legislative News / 30 Aug 2018

Why Pay Attention to Blue Gem Coal?

Okay, I know. Most people think of “dirty” coal or the Coal Miner’s Daughter. Understandably so, if those types of coal constitute greater than 95% of all the world’s known coal reserves. Did you know that Blue Gem Coal (and some valuable minerals derived from it) is used to make clean solar panels, cell phones, and other critical technologies and commodities used around the world by consumers and businesses alike?  Before you jump to conclusions, let me break down the market to show you why Blue Gem coal is … such a gem, and critical for the production of solar panels, and many other electronics.

The U.S. Solar market is going mainstream.

Industry Articles & Legislative News / 20 Aug 2018

The U.S. Solar market is going mainstream.

It might be surprising to many investors to learn how large and how quickly the solar power market is growing.  In 2017, 30% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity came from solar, ranking 2nd only to natural gas.1In 2010, only 4% came from solar. And what may be even more surprising is that the U.S. solar installed capacity is expected to increase by 2x over the next five  years.2

Private Equity Term Sheet: Typical Terms and Conditions

Investment Terms / 09 Aug 2018

Private Equity Term Sheet: Typical Terms and Conditions

You’re considering an equity investment in a private company with exciting prospects…  Great, but do you really know what your “equity” investment in the company will get you?  Investment characteristics of one type of private equity investment can be very, very different from another.  This guide can help you understand better what’s being offered to you. 

Private Lending “Summary of Terms”… Typical Investment Terms and Conditions

Investment Terms / 07 Aug 2018

Private Lending “Summary of Terms”… Typical Investment Terms and Conditions

What should you look for when making a private loan to a business?    It’s very important that you understand the standard commitments a business borrower should be making to you… and that they are part of your loan documentation! Read More