opinion

Mainstream Money for Adult

Stephen Yagielowicz
For many adult entrepreneurs, money is a major concern; not just the making of it, but having enough of it to fund the launch, on-going operation, and expansion of their new (or not so new) business. While the uninitiated might question this, believing “you should be doing this to make money, not spend it,” that is contrary to the old and true saying, “it takes money to make money.”

Fortunately, for some operators, finding that money has now become easier with the arrival of the AdultVest Hedge Fund, an outlet for prospective investors seeking profits from adult entertainment, without being involved in the business of adult entertainment.

According to AdultVest, “The AdultVest.com website has quite arguably become the hottest investment marketplace on the Internet – with hundreds of new prospective investors registering every week to gain inside access to some of the Adult Industry's sexiest and most lucrative opportunities.”

The brainchild of Francis Koenig, AdultVest claims to be “the first and only investment firm to concentrate its practice exclusively on adult industry investments, mergers, and acquisitions.” A bold statement that has attracted plenty of mainstream attention from companies such as CNN Money, Business 2.0 Magazine, Institutional Investor Magazine, Alternative Investor, Forbes, Hedge Fund Daily, LA Daily News, and others that have profiled the new fund.

AdultVest will be offering an investment conference in Los Angeles which has reportedly garnered pre-registrations from over 1,000 investors and around 300 adult businesses, that will come to learn about AdultVest’s Investment Group which focuses on venture capital, private equity, and hedged investments; and its Business Group, which provides business to business services such as investment banking, capital introduction, consulting, licensing, and other business services.

AdultVest currently offers two funds: the Priapus and the Bacchus Investment Funds designed to accept IRA and 401k money, with more fund options on the way; including one expected to pay dividends of over 10 percent.

“These funds are not for small investors,” however, according to Koenig. “There are no guarantees of performance. We only accept accredited investors who have no need for liquidity, who are sophisticated enough to understand the risks, and who have the ability to sustain the loss of their entire investment.”

The adult entertainment industry has always involved a certain amount of risk, but balanced that risk with often larger-than-normal rewards. Now, a whole new group of entrepreneur is poised to share that risk, and reap those rewards. Hopefully, AdultVest will pave the way for good things to come.

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