1. Jump into the crypto boom starting with $1

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Once considered a niche asset, Bitcoin has entered the mainstream.

Even big names like Elon Musk and Mark Cuban now hold millions of dollars worth of it in their portfolios.

Here's the main allure of cryptocurrencies: Unlike fiat money, most cryptos have a limited supply of tokens specified by mathematical algorithms. So no matter how much money the Fed prints, cryptos don’t get diluted through inflation.

Some even call cryptos “digital gold.”

At the time of this writing, Bitcoin has returned an astronomical 8,667% over the past five years. Had you invested just $500 in Bitcoin five years ago, you'd be sitting on more than $43,000 today.

Thanks to Robinhood, investing in cryptocurrencies is easier (and cheaper) than ever.

Other big crypto exchanges charge up to 4% per transaction when buying or selling crypto.

Robinhood, on the other hand, charges 0%. And it allows you to trade not only Bitcoin, but also Ethereum, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ethereum classic, Bitcoin Cash, and Bitcoin SV.

There’s no need to buy a whole coin. You can start with as little as $1. So set up an account and start investing today.

2. Grow your money for real by investing in farmland

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Now is a very good time to invest in one of human civilization’s oldest and most reliable sources of wealth: U.S. farmland.

Unlike many other types of investments, farmland is intrinsically valuable — whether boom or bust, people still need to eat.

And with the global population poised to hit 10 billion by 2050, there will be no shortage of mouths to feed.

The rate of return on farmland over the last 47 years is 10.27% — better than average returns on real estate or stocks, according to data from the investing platform FarmTogether.

FarmTogether is an all-in-one investment platform that lets qualified investors buy stakes in U.S. farmland.

You can get a cut from both the leasing fees and crop sales, providing you with an income stream. And you can also benefit from the long-term appreciation of the land.

Start by opening a FarmTogether account free of charge. There’s no obligation to invest and you’ll get a sampling of the data and tools that active investors have access to.

3. Invest in iconic paintings by world-famous artists

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You might think that investing in fine art by the likes of Banksy and Andy Warhol is only an option for the ultra-rich.

But with an investing platform called Masterworks, you can invest in iconic artworks too, just like Jeff Bezos and Peggy Guggenheim.

On average, contemporary artworks appreciate in value by 14% per year, which is significantly higher than the average returns of 9.5% you’d see with the S&P 500.

And investing with Masterworks lets you bypass a lot of the drawbacks of art investing — you won’t need to scour garage sales looking for a lost work by a master, and you won’t have to scramble to find a buyer if you need to sell your shares fast.

Masterworks is one of the first art investment platforms, and it’s available by invite only.

If you want to own a piece of art history — and take the next step towards your first million — you can request an invitation by using this special link.

Final Thoughts

You don’t need to limit yourself to the stock market in order to invest successfully.

These three investment ideas aren’t typical, but nonetheless real. Maybe reading about these alternatives will inspire you to think outside of the box when looking for interesting places to invest your own money.

Always remember to consult with a financial advisor to discuss the merits of your ideas and associated risks.

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