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The Alternative Investor is a show about investing money outside of the stock market (private equity, real estate, venture capital, etc.) where the returns are typically higher but the investment decisions are less straightforward. Join Grayson Morris and Brad Johnson as they discuss investing in alternative assets to help you make better decisions with your investment portfolio.
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The Alternative Investor is a show about investing money outside of the stock market (private equity, real estate, venture capital, etc.) where the returns are typically higher but the investment decisions are less straightforward. Join Grayson Morris and Brad Johnson as they discuss investing in alternative assets to help you make better decisions with your investment portfolio.
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    Grayson is Finally Buying a Company!

    Grayson is Finally Buying a Company!

    Today is an incredibly big day! Grayson may be closing on a huge deal tonight. It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally happening! He quit his last job about 3+ years ago and since then he’s been looking to buy a business and has gone through about 5000 different companies, sorted through many different websites, and talked to lots of different owners — but it was all worth it, because he’s finally found one that he loves and is super excited about. He’s completed all of the purchase agreement documents and soon… all will be finalized!
    So today’s episode is going to provide as a recap for what Grayson has been up to for the last couple of years. Hopefully it will serve as both inspiration — but also as a cautionary tale for those of you who want to get out there and buy your own deal! Today we’re going to be sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. So tune in to learn some of the ins and outs of buying your first deal!
    Key Takeaways:
    [:11] All about today’s episode!
    [3:18] So what is Grayson buying?!
    [6:33] How Grayson and his partner found this deal.
    [7:58] What does the transition look like after purchasing this deal?
    [10:34] What Grayson learned from being an investor!
    [15:30] The importance of balancing investing and operations.
    [19:03] What’s next for the podcast? Topics we’ll be focusing on in future episodes.
    [20:58] Opening it up to you! What would you like to hear from us next? Email us!
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Performio.co
    Brad@EvergreenCap.com
    Grayson@StablesPartners.com 
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    • 25 min
    How to Hire a Broker

    How to Hire a Broker

    et’s say you find yourself in the fortunate position to have a wonderful asset that you’ve operated for a number of years — whether it’s real estate or an operating business — and you’re ready to sell it. And now, you’re faced with the decision of how to actually sell it. Do you hire a banker or a broker? And if so, how do you go about finding a good one? 
    Today we’re answering both of these questions and filling you in on all of the juicy details of hiring a broker! 
    Key Takeaways:
    [:11] About today’s episode.
    [:48] Should you hire a banker or a broker? And what is the difference between the two?
    [6:02] Why don’t people hire a banker or a broker?
    [8:49] How much does a decent banker or broker cost?
    [11:51] How to find and identify a good broker!
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Broker
    Lehman formula
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    • 22 min
    We Talk about a Purchase Agreement

    We Talk about a Purchase Agreement

    After 2 ½ years of looking for a software business to buy with my partner, I think we’re finally getting towards the end! And at the end of the due diligence process when you’re going to buy a company… you’ve got to sign a purchase agreement. This purchase agreement is the big contract; it’s the document that lays out all the final terms and conditions. And when it’s signed, the money is wired — and it’s official: you own the company.
    So because this is all so timely for us, today we’re going to be talking all about purchase agreements! In fact, we’ll be going through the actual 57-page document I received for this software business to explain each section to give you all an idea of what to expect when it comes to negotiating your first purchase and sale agreement!
    Key Takeaways:
    [:11] About today’s episode on purchase agreements!
    [2:22] We begin looking at the 57-page purchase agreement word doc, starting with an overview of the table of contents and section 1, the glossary.
    [5:09] Reviewing section 2: the purchase and sale of parent shares.
    [9:40] Reviewing the following three sections that cover representations and warranties — first up, those concerning the company.
    [16:30] Next up, we take a look at the sections covering representations and warranties of the sellers.
    [17:55] Taking a look at the representations and warranties concerning the buyer.
    [18:58] Reviewing the section that covers the additional agreements.
    [19:52] Checking out section 7: identification and related matters.
    [23:03] Wrapping up the podcast with some final points about purchase and sale agreements!
    [24:54] What should you be focusing on when negotiating these documents?
    [28:14] Thanks for tuning in!
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Purchase and Sale Agreement
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    • 28 min
    What is a Cap Rate?

    What is a Cap Rate?

    Today is going to be our all-encompassing, definitive episode all about on cap rates! What are they? How they are used? What’s the whole deal here? Tune in to find out!
    We discuss how they relate to interest rates, what they indicate, what they’re useful for, what they’re used for on a day-to-day basis in real estate investing, and how you should be thinking about cap rates if you’re thinking about getting into the real estate investing world. We also give several examples of how to find the cap rate!
    Key Takeaways:
    [:11] About today’s episode.
    [1:01] What is a cap rate?
    [2:59] A quick example of how to find the cap rate and what it indicates.
    [4:51] How cap rates relate to interest rates.
    [7:52] What cap rates come down to and what’s important to remember.
    [10:51] The useful thing about cap rates!
    [11:29] How those in real estate use cap rates on a day-to-day basis.
    [14:24] A range of where cap rates fall now.
    [16:27] How you should be thinking about cap rates if you’re thinking about getting into the real estate investing world.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Cap Rate
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    • 18 min
    Investors Need Love Too

    Investors Need Love Too

    In this episode we’re going to be talking about investor relations — i.e. staying in touch with your investors and maintaining good relationships with them. 
    Investors are people too, y’know! Just like your friends or spouse, they want to be kept in the loop and know what’s going on. They’ve given you money to go out and do a job… But they don’t want to just give you the money and be left in the dark; they want to know what’s going on!
    Tune in to learn more about what goes into a typical investor update, how often you should send one out, and the many benefits that come with it!
    Key Takeaways:
    [:20] What is investor relations?
    [1:10] The hard part about investor relations.
    [3:32] What is in a typical investor update? And how often should you send them out? How long are they?
    [12:50] Should you reach out to your investors outside of the formal updates?
    [15:22] Summarizing our key points about investor relations!
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Investor Relations
    Howard Marks
    Warren Buffett
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    • 19 min
    How to Read a K-1

    How to Read a K-1

    Today’s episode is all about taxes! Specifically, we’re going to be talking about K-1s. A K-1 is a tax form that you get from private investment (typically an LLC.) on an investment you’ve made. This is the tax form you’re going to get yearly from that sponsor so you can pay your taxes on that income.
    If you’re ever going to be making investments in alternative assets, most likely you’re going to be getting a K-1. Be sure to tune in to get all the basis on what exactly a K-1 is, how they work, the key pieces of information within them, their benefits, and our tips!
    Key Takeaways:
    [:12] About today’s episode!
    [:48] What is a K-1?
    [3:54] The key pieces of information in the K-1; covering box 1 and 2 of the K-1. 
    [10:21] Discussing box 19 of the K-1: the distribution (the actual cash flow you receive that year from your investment.)
    [13:07] Discussing box L: the partner’s capital account analysis (which keeps track of your basis in the investment.)
    [14:53] Working through an example to illustrate how a K-1 works.
    [15:26] When do you get a K-1? How should investors investing in alternative assets be thinking about K-1s? And are they a huge headache or are they pretty straight forward? 
    [16:44] Our tip for if you’re receiving many K-1s.
    [18:41] The bottom line of K-1s!
    [19:12] How to go about doing your K-1s.
    Mentioned in this Episode:
    K-1
    Pass-Through Entity
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