Now Could Be Time for Private Investors to Make Their Mark

The venture capital crunch may be easing, but it isn't over yet. That means there could be direct investment opportunities for private deal investors.

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Despite a less-than-stellar inflation report in March, consumers are feeling bullish about the economy, pushing venture capital and private equity firms to ready themselves for a re-entry into the market. But before the coming AI wave hits and traditional financiers start moving their money back to the table, private investors have a chance to make their mark.

Capital markets have been in a rough place for the last two years. While 2021 was a banner year for private companies, high interest rates and inflation have all but dried up the investor pool. VC firms have been extremely reticent to take gambles on new companies and founders. Meanwhile, the IPO market has all but ceased, and businesses are hesitant to jump into an uncertain environment.

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Thomas Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®
Founder and CEO, Destiny Family Office

Tom Ruggie, ChFC®, CFP®, founded Destiny Family Office, a Destiny Wealth Partners firm, to help clients manage the increasing complexities inherent in their business and personal lives. He has identified three key areas where his firm can make a significant difference: presenting a compelling sphere of investments, including alternative, direct and co-investment opportunities; creating a special emphasis on high-end collectors whose collections signify significant alternative investments; and strengthening the firm’s private trust capabilities. Ruggie has become one of the most respected financial advisers in the industry, receiving national recognition and rankings including: 11X Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors, 6X Forbes/Shook Research Best-In-State Wealth Advisors (2023: 5th in North FL), 12X Financial Advisor Top RIA Firms and Forbes Finance Council 2016-2023.