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.
‘Alternative finance’ – including ‘peer-to-peer (P2P) lending’ and ‘crowdfunding’ – is an internet-era rival to traditional banks. There are opportunities for smart investors, says David C Stevenson.
If you’re prepared to take a little risk, you could make good money from crowdfunding government-backed renewable energy projects. Ed Bowsher explains how.
‘Crowdfunding’ makes investing in start-up businesses easier than ever. It’s risky, but the rewards could be huge. Ed Bowsher explains how it works, and picks the best ways to invest.
By lending your money to this small business-lender, you could earn yourself an impressive rate of return. Tom Bulford explains.
Low interest rates and tight credit have given a boost to peer-to-peer lenders, which cut banks out of the lending process. So should you play bank manager yourself? Matthew Partridge investigates.
Cutting out the banks and lending your money to borrowers directly can earn your cash high rates of return. But how risky is it? Tim Bennett explains.
The high charges on foreign exchange transactions are a rip off. But this recent small-cap entrant into the market could change all that, says Tom Bulford.