The investment landscape in the United States has changed as more retail investors invest directly into projects and companies that they believe will give them a good return on investment. This can have a major positive impact on the Bahamas economy if industry works with policy makers to drive investors into the Bahamas ecosystem. “Pre covid most deals were made in certain centers with larger Broker Dealers in New York or other financial centers. However, as these investor ecosystems were broken more people began to invest directly and get their information from Financial Publishers (FinPub).” Says D’Arcy Rahming Sr. Chairman and CEO of ArawakX.
Rahming was speaking from a FinPub Forum in Jacksonville Florida where key industry publishers were discussing industry changes. “These publishers literally build lists through financial newsletters and other media like internet and video. Investor lists are built in a very scientific manner. Some of them have lists of millions of traders and investors. This is a trillion-dollar room in the level of investment that they impact. We need to figure out how to get these guys to write content and video content on us for Foreign Portfolio Investment,” Rahming continued.
Rahming believes that the emphasis needs to also be on foreign portfolio investment (FPI) which is perfect for crowdfunding on ArawakX. “FPI allows foreigners to invest in the company which is owned and operated by Bahamian leadership. While as in most former colonized countries we are used to foreign direct investment (FDI) which are mostly hotels. And they are owned and managed by non-Bahamian leadership. FPI can be used to supplement FDI and directly add to our foreign currency reserves.”
According to Market Insider, a well-respected website for financial data, despite brutal ups and downs for the market in 2022, net flows from retail investors into the stock market averaged $1.3 billion a day through the first half of the year, according to data from Vanda Research. “This is a market we cannot ignore, and we need to ensure that they come through our regulated platforms such as ArawakX,” says Rahming.