FAQ

What is YieldTalk?

YieldTalk is a community and resource site focused on investor education and information about equity crowdfunding and other alternative investment opportunities. We’ve built a comprehensive database of 80+ (and growing) alternative investment platforms, so you can discover and explore dozens of options from one site. We also publish a blog to help you clarify and pursue your personal alternative investing goals with knowledge and confidence. And, because we know we don’t have all the answers, we host forums for asking questions and sharing knowledge with others navigating this incredible new ecosystem.

What isn't YieldTalk?

YieldTalk is not an investment platform, and we’re also not professional financial advisers. All opinions expressed are solely for information and entertainment purposes. While our posts and topics will occasionally touch on things like general personal financemainstream investing, and overall macro-economic trends that might impact any kind of investment, our focus is on alternative investing for intelligent, adventurous individual investors.

What are alternative investments?

It’s perhaps easier to first define non-alternative (ie traditional mainstream) investment types, which are public-company stocks, bonds, and cash (that includes index funds and ETFs). Alternative investments include pretty much anything else: things like real estate, private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, P2P loans, litigation finance, performance royalties, oil drilling rights, and even cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

While traditional stock and bonds are appropriate for the bulk of most portfolios, wealthy individuals and institutions like university endowments have long allocated a portion of their money toward alternative investments. Now it’s becoming possible for individuals to do the same.

What are alternative investment platforms?

Regulatory changes enacted as part of the 2012 JOBS Act paved the way for a range of new kinds of online investment platforms to access those alternative investments, including many now open to all Americans (not just the 8% of households who qualify as “accredited investors”.) As the new regulatory landscape has combined with the same kinds of efficiency gains enabled by technology in other industries, dozens of new platforms have emerged to offer a wide range of alternative investments online, directly to individual investors, and with far lower minimum investments than previously possible.

In most cases you can browse and review investment opportunities, fund investments, monitor progress, and receive any proceeds from your investment entirely online.

What is investment crowdfunding?

The word “crowdfunding” is used to refer to many different things (including rewards-based campaigns like those on Kickstarter, or donation-based campaigns like those on GoFundMe). On YieldTalk we’re referring mostly to investment crowdfunding (which includes debt and equity), meaning that those participating in a campaign have some expectation of financial return (however small or risky). Investment crowdfunding includes things like companies raising money to launch products, real estate developers looking to finance a rehab project, and businesses willing to share some of their revenue in exchange for a loan.

What types of crowdfunding and alternative investment platforms does YieldTalk cover?

We look for platforms that offer online access to alternative investments directly to individual investors. Many of those can certainly be called “investment crowdfunding”, but some include other kinds of platforms such as P2P marketplaces.

Where is the information sourced?

Most of the information in our platform profiles and reviews come from the platforms themselves, either directly from their website, or via correspondence with platform representatives. While we do our best to keep up to date with the information we provide, this is a fast-moving ecosystem, and you should not rely solely on information we provide to make any decisions. We urge everyone to do their due diligence and review all relevant terms and conditions before investing.

Does YieldTalk offer advice on my personal investment decisions?

Nope! The information contained on YieldTalk.com is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional financial, legal or tax advice. You should consult a professional before acting on any information you find here.

How is YieldTalk compensated?

This site includes display advertising, as well as affiliate links to help support our work, but those affiliate links are only for products that we personally recommend (like Sonos, which is amazing! Use code 'FRE2NDYSHP17' to get free shipping…). Some of our affiliate links are to the investment platforms listed in our database — if you make an investment after following one of those links, we may receive compensation at no cost to you. All opinions expressed about the platforms are our own. You can find a full list of the platforms we’ve invested our own money in over on our blog, and there are also a lot of other great choices listed in our database that might be right for your particular needs.

How do I add or update my platform on YieldTalk?

If you’re with an investment crowdfunding or online alternative investment platform, and would like to have us consider adding your platform to our database, please fill out this form.

How do you make money from this site?

This site includes display advertising, advertising sponsors, and affiliate links to help support our work, but those affiliate links are mostly for products that we would personally recommend to our friends (like Sonos, which is amazing! Use code 'FRE2NDYSHP17' to get free shipping…). Some of our affiliate links are to the investment platforms listed in our database, but we don’t include affiliate links to any platforms we would be nervous to hear a friend was using. You can find a full list of the platforms we’ve invested in over on our blog, and there are also a lot of other great choices listed in our database that might be perfect for your particular needs. (Investing advice is a lot like parenting advice — and we’ve read a lot of both! There’s rarely one “right” answer — it depends a great deal on the specifics of your circumstances.)

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