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How Ashton Kutcher Turned $50 Million Into $250 Million by Investing in Entrepreneurs




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Though he first gained fame as an actor, Ashton Kutcher is also known for making smart investments in startups. However, as he explains to Alan Taylor in this video, it took a few years for those investments to pay off. One thing that helped was finding the right partners. Kutcher says he looks for entrepreneurs who are working on big ideas that will create change in society. 

Kutcher also offered advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out: In order for your company to be successful, you need to have insights or expertise that others don’t have. Click play to learn more. 

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What the Bitcoin Drop Means for Your Financial Stability




I did a poll on Twitter the other day asking if you prefer risk or stability when investing. Fiftysix percent of people replied risk, while 44 percent said stability. 

Remember when Bitcoin was up to an all-time high a few months ago? Now it dropped to the lowest it’s been in months.

Bitcoin is risky...

Related: 14 Things You Need to Know About Bitcoin

Why the risk?

Even if you said that’s what you prefer when you invest, why would you want to add more drama to your life? Forget about future predictions, hackers, or price manipulation — stock market changes constantly fluctuate between greens and reds.

One day you’re up, one day you’re down. There’s no stability.

I’m not saying you can’t make money. I just wouldn’t put my last dollars in it. There’s no guarantee I wouldn’t be wiped out in the morning.

I own some Bitcoin but I don’t consider it an investment. I got it as payment for a speaking gig. It’s nice to have but I’m not counting on it to build my wealth. It’s just speculation. I do think crypto is here to stay but it’s not where my attention is.

Related: How to Buy, Sell and Keep Track of Bitcoin

Investments that create financial stability.

When I invest, I look at the risk versus stability. My investments are not subject to daily market fluctuations. I don’t have ups or downs. I have a wife, two kids and companies with more than 85 employees. I have enough drama already. I don’t need drama with my money.

Mailbox money is what takes the drama out of your financial situation. I didn’t create financial stability for my family from writing books or from my weekly shows. I invest in hard assets that are stable and have scale. They provide me income that I can rely on. Not just on good days but every month.

You need that stability for your family, not more risk. I admit that all investments have risk, but some more than others. Taking your last dollars hoping that you hit it big with Bitcoin is the most risk. You might as well go to Vegas and throw down a few hundred grand.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t throw down a big hand. I’m all about going all in but I prefer to do what Warren Buffet does — go all in on a sure thing.

Related: 13 Easy Investing Apps and Websites for Millennials

Real estate is a sure thing, if you know what you’re doing.

In order to go all in, you have to know what you’re doing. I’ve been in the real estate game for over 30 years. I know it well. It’s not guesswork. That’s why I was able to take my last 8 million and put it in a real estate deal with confidence. My wife Elena was worried and asked me “If I’m sure about it.” I said, “Yeah baby, we’re good.” I knew I could sleep easy. Notice that I didn’t take my money and give it to Wall Street.


Because real estate has three things that crypto and stocks do not:

  • Scale (If you’re just starting, nothing below 16 units, but prefer 32)
  • Income diversification (More doors. More renters. More Stability)
  • Middle of the road pricing (Appeal to a wider group of renters)

The scale of my real estate investments produces the stability that I need for my family. I’m paid to wait while my property value goes up. If the stock exchange collapses I still get a check, every month.

Bitcoin doesn’t pay me each month. It only goes up or down in value. I can’t make improvements that raise the value of the entire area. I’m at the mercy of the market. I have no control. No certainty. It’s gambling. Speculation. It’s risky.

I’m not a weekend investor trying to make it big by guessing. I’m don’t rely on luck to create solvency. I know that investing in great properties in great locations is proven to appreciate over time.

Related: 4 Pros and Cons of Investing in a New Cryptocurrencies

How to invest in real estate.

I’ve been in the real estate game for over 30 years. I know what I’m doing. It’s how I created wealth in my life that will outlast me, my wife and our two daughters.

I shopped properties three years before I bought my first deal. I looked at everything. Good deals. Bad deals. That’s what you need to do. 

I want you to create the same level of financial stability for your family. You can’t do that by putting your money in a high risk, speculative investment where market fluctuations dictate whether you win or lose.

Listen to Warren Buffet’s advice, “Never lose money.”   

Here’s my question to you if you said you prefer risk over stability… What’s your goal with investing? Is it to gamble, hoping for a win, or is it to create wealth that will outlast your future generations?

If you think I’ve reached any level of success, then do what I did. Get in the real estate game.

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This is Why I Never Invest in Individual Stocks




A long time ago in an era far, far away I once bought a stock.

This was in 1988 and the company, which made a new kind of bar-code scanner was hot, young but established with a few years of operations and a growing customer base. It was a good, publicly held company. I was a good, responsible, certified public accountant working for a good, well-known Big 6 accounting firm. Because I was in my twenties and an incredibly brilliant guy who knew everything there was to know about the world of high finance I thought: hey, why not make a killing on Wall Street? And so I set forth to earn my fortune.

Following all the rules of good investing, I read the company’s public filings and it’s quarterly and annual financial statements. This was before the internet so I requested and read analysts’ reports. For about three months I tracked the company’s stock daily in the Wall Street Journal. Convinced that I had found the right investment, I took the plunge with a $10,000 investment – pretty much all of my savings at the time. Baby, my ship was about to come in!

For months, not a lot happened. I checked the Journal’s daily index of companies but the company was never mentioned. Oh well, no news is good news, right? The stock mostly hovered around the same price I paid for it – it even went up a point or two so things were on track.

Until one bad day.

Related: What’s a Cause of Stock Market Crashes? Too Much Testosterone, Science Says.

I’ll never forget that day. I checked the Journal over coffee that morning and, lo and behold, what did I see? My beloved investment mentioned! Cool! Until, flipping back to the eighth page of the third section of the paper I saw the unbelievable news: my baby, my bar-coding company…its stock price fell 40 percent!  In one day! Worst of all? It fell the day before. Shocked and discouraged, I sold my remaining holdings a few days later and retreated, licking my wounds, back to my comfortable world of conservative accounting and savings bonds.

Sure, I’ve invested in the stock markets since. But the experience has made me smarter about the stock market. Here’s what I learned.

I learned not to invest in individual stocks — unless you’re actually in the stock market business. That’s because you and I are never going to be in the know. Publicly held companies are beholden to their large, institutional investors, not little nobodies like me and you (no offense). What happened to my bar code company was that they released a very negative sales forecast for the upcoming year. The analysts and big investors found about it immediately and dumped their shares. Me and the rest of Main Street America got our education more than 24 hours later. You know what they say about information being everything? On Wall Street, it’s the only thing – and I had none of it.

Related: 5 Things You Need Before You Invest in the Stock Market

I learned that investing in stocks is fine, as long as you let an expert do it for you. I know what I do and they know what they do, so let’s just all do what we do best. Sure, there are fees to be paid and they’re not always right. But trust me — your money is in better hands with people who do this for a living and work for those large firms like Vanguard and Fidelity that represent the interests of countless shareholders. We little guys don’t know all the information we should know to make an informed decision. Even the big guys don’t know it all. But they have a better shot at finding out then we ever will. So pay them their fees and let them do their jobs.

Finally, I learned that there is no better investment than me. Yes, in order to diversify I have some savings in mutual funds that invest in a broad array of S&P 500 companies. The stock market has always had a relatively better return than most other investments over time, despite its ups and downs. But if I’m going to speculate I’m not going to invest in someone else’s company. To hell with them. Instead, I invest in…duh…my own company! I invest in technology, people, processes and marketing. I have better control over those investments. Besides, who better to take a risk on than someone I know best: me.

Related: 4 Ways Stock-Market Volatility Affects Every Business

So should you invest in individual stocks? Hey, go ahead and have fun. But while you’re up to it, consider taking that same money and putting it on a roulette wheel in Vegas. Considering what you’re allowed to know about your investment, it’s pretty much the same risk. That’s what I learned from my own stock market adventure back in 1988.

P.S.  If I had stayed with that bar coding money I would have quintupled my money. See what I mean?

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4 Great Ways to Invest Your First $5,000




So, you’ve saved $5,000. That’s a good chunk of change, and it opens up a lot of options for you on where to invest. Everyone is going to tell you to do something different with that money, but in this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town gives you what he considers the best options for investing.

To start, Town suggests that you should consider investing in a Roth IRA and making sure you have an emergency fund set aside for unexpected financial difficulties.

Click play to learn more tips on how to invest your first $5,000.

Related: 4 Things You Need to Do Before Retiring Other Than Save Money

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This Investor Looks for Products He Can't Live Without




Joe Rosen, the president of Summit Equity Investments, spends his time looking for investors or meeting with founders who want him to invest in their companies. He sat down with Jessica Abo to share his tips for success, whether you’re the one with the funding or the one looking for financial backing.

Related: How to Transform Pain and Setbacks Into Power and Success

Watch more videos from Jessica Abo on her YouTube channel here.

Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre.

EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our network partners on demand on Amazon FireRokuApple TV and the Entrepreneur App available on iOS and Android devices.

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