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Not so long ago, private companies used bank loans, self-funding or venture capital to finance their growth before they went public or another firm acquired them. Now, however, a growing number of well-heeled private buyers are scooping up shares in start-ups from insiders in hopes of making a killing when the companies go public. Financial journalist Felix Salmon explores these speculative transactions, which cut off the public from participating in a business’s early growth stages and give a small handful of investors a big head start. getAbstract recommends this enlightening article to investors concerned about inequality of opportunity in the stock market.

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Felix Salmon is a financial journalist, blogger and host of the Slate Money podcast.

 

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Public stock markets in the United States strive to treat all investors equally through regulation and enforced transparency. Even investors of modest means can simply buy a stock in the open market, watch its price movements as it trades on an exchange, and make – or lose – as much money on each share as any billionaire can. Investors purchase a stock if they think it will increase in value and sell it if they aren’t keen on its prospects. More recently, well-connected investors have been staking a claim earlier than the vast majority of investors by buying company shares...


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