Mastering Private Investing The “Right” Way

When planning to go grocery shopping, the odds of producing a memorable feast go up sharply when you’ve planned ahead.   A recipe, whether for meal prep or investing, can increase your chances of success.  As more and more people seek alternative ways to grow their wealth, direct private investments offer exciting opportunities for accredited More >

Mastering Private Investing The “Right” Way2023-05-31T14:12:46-04:00

Carofin: Important Personal Considerations in Private Placements

Carofin, a leading institution in direct private investments, sheds light on personal factors which should influence investors’ decisions about investing directly in private companies.  In a recent interview, Matt  Brown spoke with experts Garrick Ruiz and Nash Roberts, who shared their insights on what investors should consider when evaluating private investment opportunities. Garrick Ruiz, More >

Carofin: Important Personal Considerations in Private Placements2023-05-31T14:42:53-04:00

Demystifying Private Securities: Debt vs. Equity

In a recent episode of the Direct Private Investments Show presented by Carofin, Matt Brown and Bruce Roberts, a seasoned investor in both private equity and lending markets, demystify the world of private  securities.  This article explores the key differences between debt and equity and is featured in our latest video, Demystifying Private Securities: More >

Demystifying Private Securities: Debt vs. Equity2023-05-31T15:00:49-04:00

What are the Essential Components of a Good Deal 

Over the years, Bruce Roberts, CEO of Carofin, has evaluated thousands of investment opportunities.  He is frequently asked why one gets the thumbs up, where most others he passes on. What characteristics does he look for? In a recent episode of the Direct Private Investments Show, Bruce drew from 28 years of experience, sharing his insights on what makes a “good deal.”  The More >

What are the Essential Components of a Good Deal 2023-05-31T15:16:25-04:00

The Power of Direct Private Investments

Welcome to the Direct Private Investments Show, proudly presented by Carofin.  In today’s episode, we are discussing the potential benefits and challenges of direct private investments in the alternative investment space.  Joining us is Bruce Roberts, CEO and founder of Carofin. What are Direct Private Investments?  Direct private investments fall under the broader category of alternative investments, which often are presented in the form of funds that invest More >

The Power of Direct Private Investments2023-06-01T11:35:01-04:00

Why Carofin?

Any organization, if it’s destined to last, needs a leader who, as the saying goes, can’t lead from the rear. This article, taken from a wide-ranging conversation between Matt Brown and Bruce Roberts, Carofin’s CEO, from the Direct Private Investments Show, talks about leadership, Carofin’s origins, the evolution of commercial banking and venture capital, and touches on the reasons investors and issuers come to Carofin. You can watch the video above.

Why Carofin?2023-06-01T15:30:47-04:00

Considerations for Family Offices in Direct Private Investing

Why Direct Private Investing (DPI)? More and more family offices are including Direct Private Investing in their overall investment portfolio. DPI means investing directly in the equity or debt of a private company (the “issuer”).  Thus, the investors have complete control over what issuers they support, and the returns from the investment are specifically tied More >

Considerations for Family Offices in Direct Private Investing2022-01-12T13:01:22-05:00

Announcing Major Enhancements for Carofin Investors! 

Carofin is pleased to announce that you now have a complete view of your Carofin investments. Thanks to significant platform enhancements, you have secure access to comprehensive records across your portfolio of private Carofin investments. The Investor Dashboard presents your investment history (including cash flows) as well as issuer updates.     You can access the exclusive, password-protected Dashboard to dive More >

Announcing Major Enhancements for Carofin Investors! 2022-01-19T09:51:13-05:00

Reducing Expenses and Minimizing Taxes

Last week, my daughter asked for advice (obviously, she’s no longer a teenager): how can I balance my budget? I told her, among other tips, to control two things – reduce your expenses and minimize your taxes. What works for my family works for others.  That’s why Carofin encourages setting up a Self-Directed IRA custodian More >

Reducing Expenses and Minimizing Taxes2021-03-23T08:43:30-04:00

Are You About to Become “Accredited?”

On August 26, 2020, the SEC adopted amendment to the “Accredited Investor” definition, which determines who can participate in most offerings in the private capital markets. While the definition historically limited access to individual investors who met a specific income or net worth test, the amended definition now allows investors with sufficient knowledge and expertise More >

Are You About to Become “Accredited?”2022-07-01T11:16:54-04:00

A Time for “Meaningful Investments”

The COVID years are proving to be a time for reflection – a relatively chaotic period that’s forcing us, both personally and professionally, to reconsider how and why we conduct our lives the way we do. Your investments are, obviously, an important reflection of your values and priorities. What Carofin offers, and why we hope More >

A Time for “Meaningful Investments”2022-03-25T15:43:54-04:00

Taking your retirement by the reins: What is a Self-Directed IRA?

By James Jones | CEO of  I’ve spent a lot of time in and around IRAs and Self-Directed IRA or “SDIRA,” writing books, speeches, and, generally, educating folks on the topic.   Inevitably, when people get a chance to engage with me after a panel discussions or other presentation, they ask questions.  Shockingly, they are often CEOs, Fund Managers, and other financial professionals asking questions about a tax-deferred vehicle that, recently, is growing in More >

Taking your retirement by the reins: What is a Self-Directed IRA?2022-07-01T12:03:47-04:00

So, I’m Eligible. What Should I Know Before Investing in Private Market Investments?

Your brother-in-law tells you this Company is going to revolutionize the (…pick an industry). And these people are incredibly experienced in this field.  “Let’s invest together,” he tells you. Well … let’s take a deep breath and think about private investing and what it might mean for you. More >

So, I’m Eligible. What Should I Know Before Investing in Private Market Investments?2020-12-18T14:20:04-05:00

Are Alternative Investments Right for You? Answer These Four Questions First.

We’ve made the point more than once in these articles: investing in an alternative investment, and particularly in a private Company, is a high-risk gambit.    Where there may be rewards, there are most certainly risks.  So, do your homework and think about the following four questions carefully.  It’s crucial that Investors in alternative investments carefully evaluate whether the opportunity is suitable. More >

Are Alternative Investments Right for You? Answer These Four Questions First.2021-02-03T17:30:22-05:00

Accredited Investor Questionnaire

The following form is one of the Private Placement Closing Documents to be executed by an Investor.  It certifies that the Investor is Accredited. With a Regulation D "Accredited Investor Investor Questionnaire," an investor represents to an issuer of securities that the undersigned qualifies as an “accredited investor” pursuant to Regulation D under More >

Accredited Investor Questionnaire2022-07-01T09:39:20-04:00
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