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3 Strikes — And Stocks Are Out!



When Maximilian Kunkel talks, it pays to listen.

Kunkel is a Chief Investment Officer for UBS, the largest private bank in the world.

Founded in 1862 and based in Switzerland, UBS manages $3.2 trillion for some of the wealthiest families in the world — including about half the world’s billionaires.

And here, in summary, is what Kunkel is saying right now:

If you’re looking to make money, forget stocks. Instead, focus on a different market.

Curious what this different market is? Let me tell you…

3 Strikes Against Stocks

As measured by any standard indicator like P/E ratios, stocks are at dangerously high levels right now. And any time the market gets too high, eventually it corrects or crashes.

But for experts like Kunkel, that isn’t the only reason to seek alternatives right now:

  1. First of all, the number of publicly-listed stocks has declined dramatically over the last 25 years or so. In the late 1990s, there were ~8,000 stocks. But by 2016, that number had dropped to ~3,600. Bottom line: there are far fewer stocks to choose from today.
  2. Secondly, the most important trend of our lifetime is the explosion of technology all around us. And yet, according to Kunkel, fewer than 2% of the world’s tech companies are listed on the stock market. The rest of these companies are still private.
  3. And lastly, Kunkel believes that investing in the stock market leads to reactionary decisions. For example, when the market was rocked by Covid-19, many investors panicked and sold — and ended up losing a lot of money.

So, where is Kunkel advising his clients to invest instead?

Simple: private equity.

A Market-Beating Alternative

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Kunkel didn’t mince words.

He declared that, over the next 15 years, the returns from private equity will greatly outpace a traditional portfolio of stocks and bonds.

And here’s the thing:

Wayne and I couldn’t agree more.

We’ve been involved in the private markets for about 25 years now, specifically focusing on early-stage startups. After all, to continue Kunkel’s train of thought:

  1. There are an endless number of startups to invest in.
  1. There are an endless number of tech-focused startups to invest in, and
  1. The longer-term nature of startup investing makes it easier to adopt the type of “buy and hold” mentality that can lead to great financial success.

Furthermore, according to Cambridge Associates — an investment firm with clients like Bill Gates and the Rockefeller Foundation — over the last 25 years, early-stage private equity has generated average annual returns of 55% per year.

That’s about 10x higher than the average returns of the stock market.

Get Started Today

The research team at Kunkel’s bank recently identified three sectors that could provide startup investors with the greatest potential returns:

  • Enterprise software.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • And consumer technologies including e-commerce and fintech.

Ready to do some startup investing in these sectors yourself?

Here’s how:

First, check out our free weekly “Deals” email. We send this out every Monday at 11am EST, and it contains a handful of new startup deals for you to explore.

Second, check out our free white papers like “Tips from the Pros.” These easy-to-read reports will teach you how to separate the good deals from the bad.

And third, if you’d like to accelerate your success in startup investing, consider signing up for our online course, The Early-Stage Playbook, or join one of our premium research services like Private Market Profits.

To learn more, simply call our VIP Member Services department at 1-844-311-3191.

Happy investing!

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LEAKED: Startup Profits Revealed



How much money could you potentially earn by investing in startups?

Well, if you’re a longtime reader here, you’ve seen countless studies on the returns you could have made in the private startup market.

But what about real-world numbers? In other words, actual profits that came from startup investments over long periods of time?

Well, that’s precisely what I want to show you today. You see, a well-known startup investor recently “leaked” his firm’s profit numbers from the past decade.

Today, I’ll share those numbers with you…

So you’ll be able to determine for yourself whether they live up to the hype.

Mutual Funds for Startups

Before we dive into the numbers, first let me explain where they came from.

Professional startup investors are called Venture Capitalists. And their firms are called Venture Capital Funds.

These funds are similar to mutual funds — but instead of investing in a portfolio of publicly traded stocks, they invest in a portfolio of startup companies.

One well-known venture fund is called Union Square Ventures (USV). Its offices are just around the corner from Crowdability’s headquarters in New York City.

USV was an early investor in startups including Tumblr (acquired by Yahoo for $1 billion) and Twitter (which now has a $56 billion market cap).

Profits Revealed

But Tumblr and Twitter are examples of its successful investments.

What about its not-so-successful ones? Or the ones where USV lost money?

Until recently, few people knew what the firm’s true overall returns looked like…

But a few days ago, the firm’s founder and Managing Partner, Fred Wilson, published a blog post including data on the firm’s REAL returns from the past decade.

According to Wilson, over the past 10 years, USV has earned an average of 58.6% per year.

That’s amazing. To put it in context, it’s nearly 10x higher than the stock market average of 6% per year, and it’s even higher than Warren Buffett’s average annual return of 20% per year.

And keep in mind: that figure includes USV’s winners and losers.

Not a Surprise!

To many people, these results were shocking…

But Matt and I weren’t surprised at all.

You see, we’ve been tracking and investing in this market for a long time. So we know how profitable it can be to invest in early-stage private startups.

For example, a couple of years ago, we reviewed a study from an investment research firm called Cambridge Associates. Cambridge advises some of the largest investors in the world — institutions like Harvard University and the Bill Gates Foundation.

In this study, Cambridge published the results on the long-term returns generated by early-stage startup investments. Simply put, it found that, over 25 years, a portfolio of startups generated an average return of 55% per year.

And as you can see, this study matches the real-world returns of USV almost perfectly!

Now It’s Your Turn to Get Started!

After reading this essay, you might be champing at the bit to dive into startup investing.

Well, our mission is to make that as easy — and as profitable — for you as possible.

Which is why Matt recently sat down for a 60-minute interview to reveal our proprietary strategy on Pre-IPO Cheat Codes.

As you’ll see here, these simple codes show you how to get access to the world’s next billion-dollar companies — while they’re still tiny (and cheap) startups.

Click here now to watch the full interview »

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Changing UK Cybercrime Patterns Outlined in PPC Shield Report



British individuals and businesses have been scammed for £5.7m in losses from just under 15,000 reported cybercrime incidents so far in 2021, research from click fraud prevention firm PPC Shield reveals. Malicious hacking, fraudulent use of social media accounts and email scams are the top methods, accounting for 43 per cent of all reported activity. Malware/viruses, personal hacking and extortion are also common.

The under-40 crowd has reported the most incidents this year with 5,000, suggesting scammers and hackers are predominantly targeting those used to juggling multiple social media accounts, email addresses and banking apps.

While corporate cybercrime only accounts for 10 per cent of reported incidents, the £1.9 million in damages are one-third of the total figure.

The effects take a mental toll. According to ONS data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), 72 per cent of victims said they had been emotionally affected by their experiences, with almost one third indicating a moderate to severe impact –  mostly annoyance and anger. Ten per cent said they experienced anxiety, depression, fear and sleep disruption.

Four out of five offences (81 per cent) were committed by an individual (not an organization) that was unknown to the victim. According to Google, malware is being used less than at any point since 2007, but phishing websites have grown by 750 per cent. One in three folks who lost money learned through their financial institution.

When non-cyber assisted fraud is factored in, UK authorities have so far received 253,736 reports totalling £1.2 billion in losses this year. They have issued public warnings of phishing scams conducted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increase in fraudulent text and calls to mobile phones, as individuals posing as bank employees, HMRC and even the NHS charging for fake COVID tests and track and trace.

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