If you are familiar with investment capital, then you may have heard the term “accredited investor.” If you have made your way to this page, then you are probably wondering what that means and, more importantly, how you can become one.
What Is an Accredited Investor?
An accredited investor is a person whose:
- Net worth exceeds $1 million (U.S.), AND who has either,
- Earned an annual individual income in excess of $200,000 or joint annual income in excess of $300,000 for the last two years AND whose projected income for this year meets or exceeds that amount, OR a
- Trust fund is worth at least $5 million.
How Do I Become an Accredited Investor?
The term “accredited” usually carries along with it the notion of an often grueling accreditation process. Perhaps you envision painfully long hold times, endless stacks of paperwork, and months of processing.
Becoming an accredited investor is not like that. It’s not a process. It’s a status that’s based upon the fixed numbers listed in the previous section..
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Learn More about Becoming an Accredited Investor
Because the Securities and Exchange Commission sets the accreditation standards, the SEC will always have the most up-to-date investor accreditation information. That said, the SEC website is certainly neither the quickest nor the easiest read. If you prefer a functional Cliff’s Notes explanation of “accredited investor,” then we recommend Investor.gov, a website aimed at the investor and operated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Can I Still Invest if I Don’t Meet the Qualifications?
Energy Capital Fund Advisers only works with accredited investors. That said, if you are not an accredited investor, then don’t be discouraged. Although few other investments provide low risk, high probability opportunities at the level that we do, there are nonetheless lots of other great ways to invest.