With all the negative headlines lately about the economy and the stock market, you might be inclined to just put your head in the sand and tune everything out.
Maybe you're tempted to turn off your TV, shut down your computer, and ignore your financial advisor's phone calls.
But here's the thing:
If you do that, you'll miss out on one of the few bright spots in the market…
And one of the few ways to profit from it.
It Ain't All Bad News
If you've been ignoring the financial news lately, you may have missed a recent report from the global accounting firm, Ernst & Young (EY).
This report has nothing to do with stocks, bonds, or options. But it could still help investors make a lot of money.
You see, each quarter, EY publishes a special report on the private markets...
And according to its most recent report, 2022 was a banner year for startup investments:
In 2022, more than $200 billion was invested in the private markets.
To put that in perspective, when Matt and I first started publishing this newsletter back in 2013, that figure was just $36 billion.
So in less than ten years, overall investment activity in this market has increased by nearly 550%.
More Profits, More Money
The reason for this growth is simple:
For investors in the know, the private markets have become the asset class of choice.
You see, historically, only the professionals known as "Venture Capitalists" invested in early-stage, private tech companies.
But as the profitability of early-stage investing became clear, other types of investors started to invest here, too.
For example, mutual fund giant Fidelity – which traditionally, only invested in public companies already listed on the stock market – has invested billions of dollars into private tech companies like Pinterest and Uber.
If you're a longtime reader of our newsletter, this shouldn't come as a surprise.
As we've been showing you for nearly a decade, the private markets are one of the most profitable asset classes of all time.
For instance, Cambridge Associates – an investment advisor for the likes of Bill Gates and The Rockefeller Foundation – recently published a study on the 20-year returns of all major asset classes. And its conclusion is clear:
Even when you factor in the winners and the losers, early-stage private investing has been, far and away, the most profitable long-term asset class.
In fact, as you can see in this chart, these investments have returned roughly 55% per year for the past 20 years.
Think about that:
At 55% per year, in just 20 years, you could have turned a $1,000 investment into more than $6 million.
This is Just the Beginning
And to be clear, for investors like you, this is just the beginning.
You see, the level of capital flowing into the private markets is only increasing.
And the more capital that's available, the more deals there will be.
And the more deals there are, the more opportunities there will be for you to earn big gains outside of the stock market.
Which will become even more important in the coming years as our country and economy face more headwinds than ever.
Don't Go At it Alone
But we have to warn you: the private markets don't come without risk.
If you try to invest in this new market on your own, you could get hurt.
Which is we've compiled some reports and videos to help you get started – you can check them out in the free "Resources" section of the Crowdability website »