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What's the best alternative finance platform for you?

Alternative finance is the 21st century internet alternative to traditional banks. It includes peer to peer (P2P) lending and crowdfunding. There are plenty of opportunities for smart investors to profit. And while it may carry more risk than some other forms of investing, the potential returns are huge.

There are many different platforms to choose from when deciding where to put your money. Find out which best suits your investment style with our Funding Centre comparison tool.

Who prospers after emerging from the Dragons’ Den of crowdfunding?

Making successful investment decisions requires accurate data on performance, risk and returns. That’s something that’s desperately needed in crowdfunding, says David C Stevenson.

Five questions to ask before investing in crowdfunding

Investors need to be better informed about the risks they are taking when crowdfunding, says Elliot Cowan. Here, he outlines five vital questions to ask before you hand over any money.

Alternative finance: buyers beware

A series of unfortunate developments has reminded investors that investing in P2P lending and crowdfunding is not for the faint hearted, says David C Stevenson.

TrustBuddy breaks trust

The recent collapse of the Swedish P2P lender is a cautionary tale for investors, says David C Stevenson.

The DIY approach to lending to businesses

Lending to businesses can be great way to earn income, says David C Stevenson. But as an investor, it’s important to manage your risk.

Peer-to-peer lending just got easier – now you can simply buy a fund

Investors within alternative finance have a range of options, says David C Stevenson. And now another option has arrived: the listed investment trust or P2P fund.

Join the alt-fi revolution tax-free

Alternative finance is set to move further into the mainstream after the chancellor announced an “innovative finance” Individual Savings Account.

Apple Pay launches in the UK – is this the end of cash?

Apple has launched its latest assault on your wallet with its contactless payment system Apple Pay. Natalie Stanton looks at how it works.

The three big alternative finance 'disrupters'

Forget bitcoins – these three alternative finance trends will reward early-mover investors, says David C Stevenson.

How to build a portfolio of P2P lenders – and earn a tasty income

The lending side of alternative finance has seen staggering growth. David C Stevenson explains all you need to know about setting up a P2P lending portfolio.

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