Alternative finance

 'Crowdpower': Inside the peer-to-peer revolution

The world is changing. People are exchanging money, goods and ideas on a vast scale. More than 1.6 billion people are involved. New, powerful networks are changing the way we live, work and think. The MoneyWeek team have spent the last six months investigating the rise of P2P and would like to show you our best ideas of how you can profit from what's going on.
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This technology could soon replace your bank account

New ‘mobile banking’ technology is threatening the lucrative business model of the traditional banks. It’s a change that can’t come too soon, says Bengt Saelensminde.

The tech industry has a new target

Mobile banking is set to become the next big thing, says Bengt Saelensminde. And for early investors, it promises to be a very lucrative market.

Just how dangerous is it in the new world of crowdfunding?

It’s obviously not for widows and orphans, but the risks aren’t as straightforward as you might think, says David C Stevenson.

Lend to a landlord or fund a wind farm? You can do it all with crowdfunding

With crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, you can invest in all kinds of projects. Ed Bowsher looks at three promising opportunities.

How to get started in P2P lending

You can reap the rewards and mitigate your risks in the peer-to-peer sector by following three key strategies, says David C Stevenson.

Crowdcube: Earn 8% from a ‘burrito bond’

A chain of Mexican restaurants is hoping to raise £1m by offering ‘burrito bonds’ on the equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Ed Bowsher looks at whether it’s worth buying in.

Avoid the upstart banks – wait for the real innovators to come to market

The banking sector is in dire need of a shake-up, says Matthew Lynn. But that’s not going to come from the ‘challenger banks’.

Investors beware – inflation is on the way

The boom in alternative finance could lead to a nasty dose of inflation, says Bengt Saelensminde.

Investing in start-ups: How to set yourself up as a 'Dragon'

You don’t need to have big piles of cash to invest like the Dragons – just get involved in equity crowdfunding. Ed Bowsher explains how.

Back the finance revolution

Crowdfunding isn’t the safest of investments, says Merryn Somerset Webb – but it is worth a look.

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