There are 3 forms of investment that I am interested in.

  • Short-Term Small Business Loans
  • Mezzanine Loans and Preferred Equity
  • Commercial Litigation Finance

Direct Lending Income Fund

DLIF is a newly organized, diversified, closed-end investment company with a solid high return, low risk, and high liquidity. It seeks a high level of current income through investments in loans to small and medium sized businesses and non-bank lenders by investing in short-term loans, lines of credit, receivables and other debt obligations of small and medium sized companies, and by loans to non-bank lenders.

iFunding

iFunding is one of the earlier entrants into the real estate crowdfunding sector that leverages an online social platform allowing accredited investors to make investments in prime real estate directly. iFunding specializes in both commercial and residential real estate investment opportunities in debt and equity deals.

YieldStreet

YieldStreet is an online marketplace for investing in alternative asset-based loans. The platform seeks investment opportunities that provide investors with low correlation to the broader stock market. Their offerings concentrate in three primary alternative asset classes; real estate, litigation finance and commercial finance. Their offerings are usually 2-3 year terms with target annual yields between 9-15%.

LexShares

LexShares is an online marketplace that connects investors with plaintiffs. This platform is specialized in small to midsize meritorious commercial cases at all stages of litigation. It does not post personal injury cases as they have smaller offering size and return. The LexShares team maintains a strong track record in commercial cases with a success rate of little over 90%. The platform posted 32 cases as of April 2017 (102 cases for the underwriting group), and 7 cases reached a finality. The median return so far with 7 cases (6 wins / 1 loss) is 88% net of all fees including losses. LexShares has been offering 2-3 investment opportunities every month with an offering size between $100,000 to $400,000. The average resolution time for commercial cases in the U.S. is 27 months from filing to disposition.