Alternative Investments Starting at $500

In the beginning, alternative investments were only available to what most would consider the wealthy. The SEC set the definition of the wealthy with their accredited investor definition.

Over the years, investors became wise to the scheme, as did other investment product producers. They introduced lower cost, more liquid alternative investments into the marketplace, and lowered the bar for investing

Here are six investments you may not have considered – three for accredited investors, and three for everyone else.

Crowdfunding – The Game Changer

Crowdfunding in real estate, like with individual or small business crowdfunding, allows smaller investors into an investment space that hasn't been available to them in the past.

Three investments available to non-accredited investors include Vinovest, DiversyFund, and Fundrise. The latter two are crowdfunded real estate funds as described in the last section.


Vinovest offers a unique alternative investment in assets; one would normally not consider an investment class. We're talking about fine wine.


Fundrise has invested over $2.5 billion to date and has a history of above-average returns. Fundrise offers three core plans to get you started – Supplemental Income, Balanced Investing, and Growth.


Unlike the Fundrise investment options, the team at DiversyFund focuses on growing investors' capital. They have a value add investment strategy when looking for properties.

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