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Category: International Investment

international investing

Why Investors Should Consider International Markets for Their Portfolio

It’s safe to say that most American investors stay within U.S. markets when it comes to their investing portfolio. While U.S. stocks are generally able to achieve a safe ROI in a lifetime of investing, it is always a smart idea to increase diversification of your wealth and you will likely see a greater return…
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The Three Basic Parameters of Impact Investing

For investors who put their money into social or environmental projects in what is known as “impact investing”, determining how much of their investment actually achieves their objectives can often be difficult because results are often amorphous and ill-suited to quantification. Effectively defining how an investor’s contribution actually is distributed and measured breaks down into…
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new years goals for business owners

New Year Goals For Business Owners

Planning season is well underway.  Those of us who own and operate businesses are looking at the year that has now nearly ended, at our successes and failures, at how we spent our time productively and unproductively, and at our goals met and those we did not meet.  We look at all of these things…
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impact investing

Quick Start Guide To Impact Investing

Most impact investing occurs with exclusively the world’s wealthiest people. However, it’s not impossible for everyone else (98% of the population) who do not fit the criteria with this type of investing. What is impact investing? This relatively new term, “impact investing” is still not even commonly known by many professional investors. What it refers…
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Franchisors in the EB-5 market industry

Franchisors in the EB-5 Market

Franchisors looking for a new market in which to sell their franchises have a hidden opportunity with EB-5 investor visas, especially in the direct EB-5 market.  The news surrounding EB-5 investor visas has been closely tied to the Regional Center Pilot Program, and has focused on a few cases of fraud, antifraud and integrity measures,…
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Direct investment from international investors with franchises can be used to acquire green cards.

Direct Investment Vs. Regional Center Investment

In the EB-5 world, most of the focus has been on the sunset of the Regional Center Pilot Program, which is set for September 30, 2016.  It is almost certain that the program will be extended through the passage of a Continuing Resolution, as part of the budget process, but its long-term survival is a…
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Cute little girl from Honduras needing justice in the developing world.

Justice in the Developing World

I wanted to take a break from the EB-5 and Investment blogs to talk briefly about Oppenhuizen Law Firm, PLC and my personal commitment to justice in the developing world.  As you may have seen, if you have visited my website, I am actively involved in property rights in Honduras.  My role is a supporting…
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Hands showing map of the earth representing the global impact of impact investing.

Impact Investment: The Future of Capital

Where EB-5 investment is intended to be a means for job creation in the United States, impact investment is becoming an increasingly popular form of economic growth for social or environmental development. While the field is still in its formative years, the practice of impact investment is becoming more mainstream. What is Impact Investing? Impact…
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Minors as investors: Asian teenage girl reading in a math class.

Minors as Investors in EB-5 Immigration

Can a minor be the investor for EB-5 immigration purposes, and if so, should he or she be?   The question posed is one of the hardest questions to answer in the EB-5 Industry today and is also one of the hottest topics under discussion.  My response is not intended to be comprehensive and presumes…
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Natural resources in Honduras provide economic opportunity for business development.

Developing Economic Opportunity in Honduras

Each time I visit, or am fortunate enough to speak with a Honduran here in the States or elsewhere, I am reminded of what an amazingly beautiful country Honduras is, and how wonderful the Honduran people are.  Despite all of the difficulties, corruption, gang violence and poverty the country is beautiful.  I don’t just mean…
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