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You’re Special… Sort of.

by Malcolm McDonald on July 28, 2021.

“You’re special, just like everyone else.” Unfortunately, this is as true in business as anywhere. Specialize or die – in a world of investing options and democratized finance, that’s the challenge Vicinity welcomes “with aaaarms wide oooopen.” So what does make Vicinity special? The local asset class. Haven’t heard of it? That’s ok, we made...

A Twist on Buffett’s Advice

by Malcolm McDonald on June 23, 2021.

Today we’re taking a new look at one of Warren Buffett’s most quoted lines: “Never invest in a business you cannot understand.” While we wholeheartedly agree with the Oracle of Omaha, we think there’s a key, misplaced assumption investors make when applying this old adage. The assumption is that what we can “understand” is static and we...

Is Real Estate Really “Location, Location, Location”?

by Kasen Wysong on February 17, 2021.

At the end of 2020 Chapel ran a successful campaign on Vicinity’s portal to fund a multi-tenant facility in the Poe Mill area. For context, Poe Mill is a historically overlooked neighborhood in downtown Greenville. At face value, it might appear this project didn’t check the box for a “location, location, location” real estate deal; however, a closer look reveals the opposite.

What Robinhood got wrong (& right) in their Super Bowl commercial

by Malcolm McDonald on February 10, 2021.

I was about ready to let the whole Robinhood/Gamestop wildness go… and then I saw the commercial. You’ve probably seen it by now – the Robinhood Super Bowl spot featuring an upbeat voiceover narrating scenes of puppies, babies, and emotional zoom calls (yes, really). The TLDR is that “We are all investors.” Maybe it was...

We’ve Got a Message for Warren Buffet

by John Crawford on December 29, 2020.

“It’s an economic war.” Warren Buffet delivered this mic drop moment on his recent CNBC interview with Goldman Sachs’ CEO, David Solomon. During the interview, Buffet had a specific request to lawmakers: extend the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Local Business Report: Gyms Are Doing Extra Reps

by Kasen Wysong on December 9, 2020.

2020 has been a tough year for most businesses. We’re beginning a Local Business Report series through which we will highlight different industries and the impact the last 12 months have had on them. The first industry in our series is fitness; in particular, we wanted to shine a light on gyms.

The SMB’s Survival Guide For The End Of The World

by Malcolm McDonald on November 11, 2020.

70% of small businesses are worried about financial hardship because of prolonged closures and 58% worry about permanently closing. Raising capital is the #1 problem for SMBs, according to a survey by Guidant Financial. Since raising capital is kinda our thing, we’ll start our survival guide there.