Nontraditional Investments

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Once you've maxed out your IRA and employer sponsored plans and you're already saving a decent amount in a taxable brokerage account, consider adding a few percent of a nontraditional investment. They can be fun and may offer returns that are uncorrelated with or larger than the stock market's returns, but they often have hidden systematic risks. Be careful out there!

Nontraditional Investments on AndHigherStill.com

Upstart[edit]

Accredited investors only!

Pave[edit]

Accredited investors only!

https://www.pave.com/

Lending Club[edit]

Alternative Energy Crowdfunding[edit]

CollectiveSun https://www.collectivesun.com/

SolarCity Solar Bonds https://solarbonds.solarcity.com/

1 year - 2.0% 2 year - 2.5% 3 year - 3.0% 5 year - 4.0% 10 year - 5.0% 15 year - 5.75% $1000 increments


http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/02/comes-third-solar-crowdfund-crowdsun/

http://sunfunder.com/ http://joinmosaic.com/ http://crowdsun.com/

"According to PV Tech, like Mosaic (which had received over $5.6 million from more than 2,500 investors by November 2013), Crowdsun.com claims to offer careful project review and interest on investments at a higher rate than currently offered by banks. (Projected annual rates of return for solar crowdfund investors typically run between about 4.5% and 10%.)"

"Both companies have so far limited their business to solar investment in US projects. Sunfunder, which is not approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, funds solar projects outside the US. Sunfunder can accept investments all over the world, but cannot return interest."


Want to Invest a Few Hundred Bucks in a Solar Project? Mosaic Opens Crowdfunding Platform http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2013/01/08/want-to-invest-a-few-hundred-bucks-in-a-solar-project-mosaic-opens-crowdfunding-platform/

Is Solar Energy the Next Great Crowdfunding Experiment? http://bigthink.com/endless-innovation/is-solar-energy-the-next-great-crowdfunding-experiment

Here Comes The (Third) Solar Crowdfund: CrowdSun http://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/02/comes-third-solar-crowdfund-crowdsun/

How crowdfunding solar power is democratizing the way we finance clean energy http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-crowdfunding-solar-power-is-democratizing-the-way-we-finance-clean-energy/

SolarCity Turns to Crowdfunding to Raise Money & Awareness http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/10/solarcity-crowdfunding/

Solar Crowdfunding: In Need Of A Kickstart http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2015/04/20/solar-crowdfunding-in-need-of-a-kickstart/

TOP 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms http://www.solarplaza.com/article/top-5-renewable-energy-crowdfunding-platforms

Mosaic[edit]