Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It [NOOK Book]

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How individuals and communities can profit from local investing



In the wake of the financial crisis, investors are faced with a stark choice: entrust their hard-earned dollars to the Wall Street casino, or settle for anemic interest rates on savings, bonds, and CDs. Meanwhile, small businesses are being starved for the credit and capital they need to grow. There's got to ...

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Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It

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Overview


How individuals and communities can profit from local investing



In the wake of the financial crisis, investors are faced with a stark choice: entrust their hard-earned dollars to the Wall Street casino, or settle for anemic interest rates on savings, bonds, and CDs. Meanwhile, small businesses are being starved for the credit and capital they need to grow. There's got to be a better way.

In Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, Amy Cortese takes us inside the local investing movement, where solutions to some of the nation's most pressing problems are taking shape. The idea is that, by investing in local businesses, rather than faceless conglomerates, investors can earn profits while building healthy, self-reliant communities.

  • Introduces you to the ideas and pioneers behind the local investing movement

  • Profiles the people and communities who are putting their money to work in their own backyards and taking control of their destinies

  • Explores innovative investment strategies, from community capital and crowdfunding to local stock exchanges



With confidence in Wall Street and the government badly shaken, Americans are looking for alternatives. Local investing offers a way to rebuild our nest eggs, communities, and, just perhaps, our country.

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Library Journal
With the recent crash of the financial markets, many investors are looking for new places to put their money. At the same time, many small businesses are finding it ever more difficult to get credit. Cortese, a former BusinessWeek editor, covers this current confluence, providing examples of how investing in local small businesses can be beneficial to all parties. Her examples include a brewpub in Austin, TX, with a multitude of "owners," an organic dairy farm in upstate New York that found "angel" investors through a sign they posted at their farmers market stand (almost getting themselves in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission along the way), and a former Iraq War veteran struggling to get funding to open a day-care center. Various types of funding methods are discussed, including cooperatives, credit unions, local stock exchanges, community development funds, public venture capital, and raising money through social networking. VERDICT Timely and easy to read, this is a nice introduction to something many of us have never considered. A good choice for public libraries and fruitful reading for small businesses and investors.—Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118085783
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,320,463
  • File size: 842 KB

Meet the Author

Amy Cortese is a journalist who has spent her career writing about business, finance, environmental issues and food, giving her a unique perspective on how these different realms are intricately linked. A former editor at BusinessWeek, her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the American, Mother Jones, Portfolio, Afar, TheDailyBeast.com, and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Starting Anew.

Introduction: Cereal Milk for the Gods.

Part One The Economics of Local.

Chapter 1 Motherhood, Apple Pie, and Political Theatre.

How We Are Failing Our Small Businesses.

Chapter 2 Blue Skies, Pipe Dreams, and the Lure of Easy Money.

Our Financial Legacy and its Unintended Consequences.

Chapter 3 Buy Local, Eat Local… Invest Local.

Reconnecting Investors and Businesses.

Chapter 4 The Local Imperative.

Leveling the Playing Field.

Part Two Experiments in Citizen Finance.

Chapter 5 The Last Real Banker?

Relationship Banking Is Not Dead – Yet.

Chapter 6 The Biggest-Impact Financial Sector You've Never Heard Of.

Community Development Loan Funds Reach Out to Individual Investors.

Chapter 7 AModel to  LIONize.

How One Pacific Northwest Town Engineered a Quiet Revival.

Chapter 8 Community Capital.

It Takes a Village, or a Police Force, or Perhaps Some Farmers.

Chapter 9 Pennies from Many.

When Social Networking Met Finance.

Chapter 10 Slow Money.

Finance for Foodsheds.

Chapter 11 From Brown Rice to Biofuels.

Co-ops on the Cutting Edge.

Chapter 12 The Do-It-Yourself Public Offering.

The Allure of Public Venture Capital.

Chapter 13 Back to the Future.

The Rebirth of the Local Stock Exchange.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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