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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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.

'Property crowdfunding' may look tempting, but it's very risky

Using crowdfunding to buy property to let is tempting, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it carries an awful lot of risk.

The 'disruptive innovators' making waves in finance

Everywhere you look, the finance sector is undergoing fast-paced change. That’s great news for investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Alternative finance: The exciting rebels elbowing their way into a boring business

Lots of small businesses are fed up with being paid late. David C Stevenson looks at the innovators that have come to put an end to it.

Gordon Brown to take over at RBS – and five more predictions for 2015

Will deflation spread to Britain, and could Gordon Brown turn around RBS? Matthew Lynn sets out his six predictions for the year ahead.

What Lending Club’s float means for peer-to-peer lending

The biggest peer-to-peer platform has delivered stellar returns, says David C Stevenson. But big players are not the only profit-spinners out there.

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