How Supervest is expanding access to MCA investing with Alto as its preferred IRA provider
Access to IRA capital through easy integration and top-tier customer service made Alto the obvious choice.
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investors and financial advisors.
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Merchant cash advance investments
Supervest offers investors a unique opportunity to support small businesses while potentially generating strong returns. Through the issuance of merchant cash advances, or MCAs, Supervest provides select businesses with much-needed financing in exchange for a percentage of sales.
A form of private credit, MCAs have been around for decades. However, you’d be forgiven if you had never heard of them. As with most alternative assets, merchant cash advance investing has historically been limited to a select few.
That was, until Jeremy Morton and Kris Kehler saw an opportunity to leverage their MCA experience to create a new type of investment platform following a slew of changes to crowdfunding rules over the past decade.
Prior to Supervest, MCA investments were limited to institutional investors and a handful of merchant cash advance industry operators. And while crowdfunding sites were proliferating, none focused on MCAs.
An Opportunity for Individuals and Businesses Alike
For decades, the 60/40 model—investing about 60% of one’s portfolio in stocks and the remaining 40% in bonds, give or take—was heralded as the gold standard for retail investors. All the while, ultra-wealthy and institutional investors got to invest in a different set of opportunities, like MCAs.
Today, that model looks out of step as a growing number of retail investors question its long-term viability. Alto’s own 2022 Alternative Investment Report bears these concerns: Of the more than 2,000 investors we surveyed, three-quarters said they fear a stock market crash would wipe out their retirement savings.
And they’re looking to alternative assets—once available only to the very few—to increase returns and achieve greater portfolio diversification. But there’s another factor at play: On a more personal level, investors increasingly want to support companies, causes, and industries they care about, which Supervest’s Joseph Sancio says is a unique point of distinction for merchant cash advance investing.
It was against this backdrop of changes in investor preferences and regulations that Supervest was born, and it didn’t take long for investors to take notice. Since the inception of its first offering in 2021, Supervest users have funded more than 38,000 individual merchant deals to the tune of over $115 million.
Exploring a New Source of Investable Assets
Supervest gives accredited individuals the opportunity to invest in MCAs with as little as $25,000—not an insignificant amount by any means, but well below the hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not more) historically required to participate in these types of offerings.
Still, even many accredited investors don’t have large sums of money on hand to invest, which is where Alto comes in.
Alto was created after its founder, Eric Satz, made a series of investments in private offerings using funds he had in his IRA. His reasoning was sound: Not only are IRAs tax-efficient, they also represent a potentially large source of capital.
However, he found that the process for doing so was complicated and cumbersome—even for someone who had spent his entire working life in finance.
So he set out to fix it, and quickly discovered that not only are there trillions of dollars held in IRAs—most Americans’ investable assets are locked in their retirement accounts. And because these funds can’t be withdrawn at just any time—not without paying tax penalties, anyway—they are a perfect match for alternative assets, many of which are illiquid.
Today, Alto is on a mission to provide all Americans the opportunity to invest in alternatives by streamlining and simplifying the process for making those investments while giving them the opportunity to do so using their retirement dollars. To issuers and investment partners looking for new sources of funding, this is significant.
So when investors inquire about using their IRA to fund their investment, the team at Supervest knows exactly where to point them.
Given both companies’ commitment to providing access to new investment opportunities backed by excellent customer service, Supervest’s relationship with Alto just makes sense. To date, Alto IRA accounts have contributed more than $4.4 million to Supervest offerings, with an average investment of just over $81,000.
No wonder Alto has been Supervest’s preferred IRA custodian since the partnership was formed in 2021.
Tap Into IRA Capital with Alto
Like Supervest, you can raise capital from IRA funds, whether it’s a one-time thing or a series of deals. Create your free issuer account today to find out how quick and easy it is to raise IRA capital with Alto.
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