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  "Are alternative investments suitable for me?"

You may have come across terms such as High Net-Worth Individual or Sophisticated Investor before.  As impressive as these terms may first sound, we find that many people are often unaware that they even qualify to utilise this sphere of investment as a useful part of their own portfolio.  For instance, if you earn £100,000 or more per year (excluding any money drawn down from pension savings for non-retirement income), or you own net assets (outside of your main residence, money secured through a loan on that property or any additional benefits) worth at least £250,000, then you are what is know in investment circles as a "HNWI".

Another group which qualifies are Sophisticated Investors.  This group includes anybody who has been involved in a business angels syndicate or network, people who have invested into more than one privately listed company within the last two years, current or former directors of companies with annual turnover of at least £1M or those who have worked or are working in a professional capacity in the private equity sector or in the provision of finance for small or medium enterprises.

Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) states that any person wishing to pursue an investment within the asset class known as Alternative Investments, must first declare themselves as qualified to do so.  For access to our platform containing active investments, please register here.