March 6, 2014
Finding and evaluating private placements, equity and bond hedge funds, and commodity based hedge funds and managed futures programs has always been a very ad hoc and inefficient process. The founding partners of FNEX faced the same challenges as every other investor in that they only saw a small number of deals from their brokers, investment advisors, and private bankers. Financial advisors from the large RIA and Broker Dealers can only recommend the offerings that have been through their internal research departments which limit them to a handful of the very largest funds. These are the same names that everyone recognizes because their CEOs are regular guests on CNBC.
It isn’t practical for an investment firm with thousands of advisors to review and approve private securities and hedge funds from mid-size and “emerging managers” because the size of the fund and the support staff managing the strategy aren’t large enough to handle the traffic those referrals would generate.
FNEX created a Private Securities Marketplace that is open to any accredited and institutional investor. On the FNEX platform, investors will find private placements being offered by a range of different sized investment banks. These are direct placements into companies raising growth capital in a wide variety of industries such as biotechnology, real estate, and clean energy, just to name a few. Fund managers with a broad array of different investment strategies in equities, bonds, forex, precious metals, stock indexes, agricultural, and energy commodities are also on the platform.
To assist in the evaluation of each offering, FNEX offers a variety of different diligence, valuation, and research partners that investors can engage on an as-needed basis. The FNEX Education Center is full of current research, white papers, and links to industry resources to help investors learn as much as possible prior to investing.
The FNEX Deal Room feature allows investors to view and download offering documents and subscription agreements as well as communicate directly with the investment banker or fund manager. As always, every self-directed investor should review the available materials with a trusted advisor or legal counselor prior to investing.
After an investor locates a deal and requests IRA funds from an administrator like NuView, the investor can upload all of the paperwork for processing and copies can be provided to the IRA administrator to make sure the documents are in good order before closing. Investors will also be able to complete a Buy Direct letter from the IRA administrator so the funds can be dispersed directly from a custodial account to the Bank or Fund Manager. It is important to note that FNEX is not a custodian and will never be in possession of funds at any part of the investment process.
Membership to FNEX is free and the registration process is very simple. Because the offerings on the site are only available to accredited investors, investors must complete a brief investor questionnaire to ensure that the current SEC guidelines for investing in private offerings are met. After investors complete the survey step, access to the site is granted. FNEX offers profiles to save personal investment criteria such as minimum investment amount, strategies, and risk profile.
FNEX offers a way to expand the alternative investment choices available to investors. If you would like more information, please visit FNEX at www.FNEX.com.
Please note, NuView IRA is also not a fiduciary and only provides services to self-directed accounts that are nondiscretionary and/or administrative in nature. The Account-holder or his/her authorized representative must direct all investment transactions and choose the investment(s) for the account. NuView IRA has no responsibility or involvement in selecting or evaluating any investment. Nothing contained herein or on FNEX shall be construed as investment, legal, tax or financial advice or as a guarantee, endorsement, or certification of any investments or of FNEX itself.