Asset Allocation

Asset Allocation

April 27, 2022 by investor

Asset Allocation

In angel investing, it’s important to set aside funds for startup investments.

In most cases, investors dedicate 5%-15% of their discretionary funds to angel investing.

There are several issues with asset allocation for angel investing compared to publicly-traded stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Startup investments are illiquid as there’s no market for reselling.

Transferring stock is greatly limited due to SEC rules.

To achieve a gain, you must hold the stock for up to 7-10 years in most cases.

Many startups fail completely and are tax write-offs.

Determine upfront how much you want to invest based on 5%-15% of your portfolio.

Divide by ten to get the total number of startups you can invest in. 

Divide the investment amount by 2 to get the initial investment per startup, leaving the second half for a follow-on round. 

Here’s an example:

Let’s say I have a portfolio of $3.5M 

15% of $3.5M yields $525K to invest in startups

Dividing $525K by 10 gives me $52K per startup that I can invest in.

Dividing the $52,500 by 2 means I can invest $26K for each startup leaving another $26K for each follow on investment.

Start with 3 investments per year.   

It’s important to be selective.

After a few years and some gains, you can re-invest some of the profits into more startups.  

There are tax laws that make it attractive to roll your gains from one startup investment into another. 

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