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Privacy, Security, and Regulations

Do these investments carry risk?

Yes - learn why.
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Is this a crowdfunding site?

Yes, Mainvest falls under regulation crowdfunding. Learn more here.
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Is this like Kickstarter? or GoFundMe? or Indiegogo?

No - understand why here.
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Is the information I give to Mainvest secure?

Understand the protections Mainvest provides investors.
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How does Mainvest decide which businesses can accept investment?

We have an extensive vetting process - learn more here.
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What are some of the risks of investing?

Learn about the risk you take on when investing in a business on Mainvest.
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Does the government review these investments?

Understand the regulations around your investment.
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What is my investment limit?

Learn about the regulations that determine how much you're allowed to invest on Mainvest.
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Can the business change the amount of my investment?

In some cases, yes. Read up on the details here.
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Does Mainvest operate outside of the US?

At this time, Mainvest only works with businesses in the US, and investors must have a US bank account.
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Is Mainvest secure?

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How do I report Mainvest investments on my taxes?

Discover where to find 1099-INT information.
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Payment Methods and Transactions

How to link a bank account

There are 3 ways to securely link your bank account to Mainvest in order to make investments.
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How do I pay for my investment?

Learn how we complete transactions.
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Where does my money go when I invest?

Understand how we manage your investment.
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Can I invest through my IRA?

Only with a specific type of IRA detailed here.
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Why isn't my account ready to invest?

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Do I need to link a bank account to invest?

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Why do I need to connect my bank account to invest?

Here's why you'll have to connect your bank account instead of using a credit card or other form of payment for investing.
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Link your bank account using a voided check

If you don't wish to use Plaid to link your bank account, you can send a picture of a voided check to us instead.
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Troubleshooting microdeposits

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Why should I use a checking account with Mainvest?

Checking accounts are preferable to other types of accounts on Mainvest.
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How long do transactions take?

This will explain how long it should take for investments to be taken from your account, and refunds and repayments deposited.
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How do promo credits work?

Learn how to track and use Mainvest credit.
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Investing 101

What kinds of businesses are available for investment?

Brick and mortar is the name of the game.
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What happens if the business I invest in isn’t making payments?

If a business in your portfolio isn't making payments or responding to inquiries, this should help you make sense of the situation.
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Can I invest with an LLC?

Yes - learn how here.
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Do I have to become an investor to view offerings?

Signing up for an account gives you access to more information on Mainvest.
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Is this like investing in the stock market?

No - understand why.
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Where can I learn more about the businesses?

Mainvest aims to provide extensive access to information on every business we list - learn where to find what.
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How much should I invest?

This is up to you but find resources for making the decision here.
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How should I choose between all the businesses on the site?

Discover tools that may aid in the decision-making process.
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How do perks work?

Some businesses offer perks for your investment, learn how they work.
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What is Mainvest's role for investors?

Discover what Mainvest does for you.
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