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Alternative Investments: Pros and Cons

As with any other investment, understand the risks before putting money in the pot.

This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Successful entrepreneurs--especially those who have sold companies or taken them public--are frequently offered opportunities that most investors can only read about in the paper.

And I can't say those aren't tempting. After all, who wants to settle for the kind of lukewarm returns that you typically get from putting your in a large-cap mutual fund when you can invest your money in a fund that may produce the next or ? And why should you sit in the bleachers with the other retail investors when you can put your money in deals alongside pension funds and university endowments that have the inside track?

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