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Alternative finance: P2P and crowdfunding

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.


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.

Join the bitcoin revolution

Bitcoin has yet to go mainstream, but it will eventually turn our whole way of life upside down. Dominic Frisby asks whether it’s time to invest in the digital currency.

Peer-to-peer mortgages: a promising bet for the adventurous

Mortgages are coming into the mainstream of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. David C Stevenson explains how to invest.

The craft beer bubble is just a symptom of a much deeper malaise

The latest crowdfunding push from craft brewer Brewdog says a lot about the ease of raising money, says John Stepek. From junk bonds to sovereign debt, there are signs of a huge bubble getting ready to pop.

Alternative finance: Helping Britain’s 'gazelle companies' to leap the funding gap

Small businesses can’t get money from the bank, and their
needs are too large for crowdfunding platforms. Mini-bonds
are the answer for them – but are they good for investors?

Peer-to-peer lenders still hopeful they will be included in Isas after Budget disappointment

P2P lenders were disappointed not to have their products included in the Isa framework in the Budget. But they remain quietly confident their day will come, says Kam Patel.

Peer-to-peer lending is all very trendy – but should we buy it?

Peer-to-peer lending generates a lot of hype. David C Stevenson looks at the numbers to see if investors are right to be excited.

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