Alternative finance

Should you buy into ICOs?

Tech entrepreneurs have created a new way of raising money for investments, known as the initial coin offering (ICO). They are currently all the rage. But should you buy in?

Time to get out?

Phil Oakley on how to spot toxic stocks before it's too late

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.

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A first retail bond from a P2P platform

We’ve not had a retail bond from an alternative-finance firm, says David C Stevenson. That is, until now.

Can bots take the pain out of mortgages?

Finding a suitable mortgage can be tough, says Ben Judge. Will new online broker services make life easier for house hunters?

Beware the cryptocurrency con men

The hype about digital currencies is growing – but wise investors should steer clear of this unregulated world of financial scams, says John Carter.

The apps that save behind your back

Ben Judge looks at the best apps on the market to help you save for the future.

Should you trust online bank-account aggregators?

Online tools can offer an easy way to keep an eye on your money, but security worries remain. New EU rules could change that next year, says Emma Lunn.

A new way to buy into big-name bonds

Young alternative-investment platform WiseAlpha has come up with a different way of attracting investors. David C Stevenson explains.

Why Sipps aren’t yet embracing P2P

Innovative Finance Isas are finally beginning to take off , with several launched since the start of the new tax year. However, the same can’t be said for P2P investments in Sipps. Here’s why.

Benefit from the Buffetts next door

The fintech revolution has made it easy to copy how others like you are investing. But it’s not always a good idea, says David C Stevenson.

Cryptocurrencies might be a bubble, but they’re here to stay

John Stepek looks at how the main asset price charts are faring ahead of the weekend, starting with bitcoin’s recent meteoric rise.

Initial coin offerings: a risky ride into the Wild West of finance

Companies can now raise funds by issuing their own digital currencies. Ben Judge explains how initial coin offerings work.

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