To be classified as an “accredited investor”, one must possess a net worth of more than $1m. It is unclear if that minimum will change, but at least the SEC is cognizant that the status quo does not suffice.
“The current test for individual accredited investor status takes a binary approach to who does and does not qualify based only a person’s income or net worth,” said Chairman Jay Clayton. “Modernization of this approach is long overdue. The proposal would add additional means for individuals to qualify to participate in our private capital markets based on established, clear measures of financial sophistication. I also am pleased that the proposal specifically recognizes that certain organizations, such as tribal governments, should not be restricted from participating in our private capital markets.”