An investor alert has been issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The alert warns investors that private placements are risky and can tie up funds for a significant period of time.
A private placement is an offering of securities by a company that is not offered to the public at large and is not registered with the SEC. Many of these offerings are made pursuant to Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. Generally, one must be an “accredited investor” to make an investment in a private placement. Institutions such as banks and insurance companies, and organizations or trusts with assets of $5 million or more, are accredited investors.