As of March 2015, the SEC has made it possible for anyone to participate in approved equity crowdfunding offerings, furthering the goals set out by the JOBS Act in 2012.

Regulation A+ is being celebrated as the first time in 80 years that the public can invest in equity offerings, a privilege which used to be exclusive to high net worth individuals (less than 1% of the US population).

High net worth individuals are generally those who have over $1 million in assets excluding their primary residence or or have an income of at least $200,000 each year for the last two years (or $300,000 with a spouse).

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