If you're a "wealthy, sophisticated" investor, there's a special market for you, the secondary trading markets. It's where you can trade shares of private companies who haven't made the leap to IPO, but seem promising.
There is a worldwide deficit of skilled workers -- i.e. plumbers, electricians, carpenters. These workers provide essential services -- albeit unsexy -- but somebody's gotta do it, especially if the economy's going to recover.
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