Summary of Alternative Investments 2020

The Future of Capital for Entrepreneurs and SMEs

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Alternative Investments 2020 summary
The landscape for alternative investments is evolving.


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Bolstered by tail winds from emerging markets, new technology and other trends, alternative investments have become an increasingly visible part of the capital supply landscape, rising from $1 trillion in 1999 to more than $7 trillion in 2014. Significant changes to funding sources have accompanied this alternative capital expansion, as the number of venture capitalists in developed markets has fallen off, while the number of “angel investors” has risen. For funds and entrepreneurs, these trends present more opportunities and perhaps more challenges, as this informative report from the World Economic Forum shows. getAbstract recommends this authoritative work to entrepreneurs and investors considering alternative investments.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the landscape for alternative investments is growing and
  • What trends will shape alternative investing in the future.


Three major trends are emerging in the field of alternative investing: First, more early stage start-ups are finding support as the growing ranks of wealthy individuals, or “angels,” seek investment alternatives and as technology enables new funding sources for entrepreneurs. Second, exits through initial...
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