What It Means to Be an Accredited Investor

The SEC defines an accredited investor as: (1) an individual or couple with net worth, excluding their primary residence, of at least $1 million; or (2) an individual with an income of at least $200,000, or a couple with an income of at least $300,000, for the past two years and with a reasonable expectation of that continuing.

Being an accredited investor means you are well-off . . . not necessarily super-wealthy, but you do have some financial discretion. It also means that you’re allowed to invest in asset classes like venture capital and other private securities that, until recently, non-accredited investors were not allowed to invest in. Recent regulatory developments from the SEC now allow individuals who have not attained accredited investor status to invest in venture capital as well, albeit in very limited amounts.

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