Alternative finance

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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Top articles on alternative finance

A new business model for alternative finance

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Crowdfunding platforms need to consider a new business model for a “new normal” in alternative finance, says Geoff Miller.

Dark clouds looming for alternative finance funds

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Alternative finance funds in the US have been finding the going tough lately. Could we see the same happen in the UK too?

Innovative finance Isas: join the crowdfunding revolution and give your income a big boost

This April sees the launch of the innovative finance Isa, a new tax wrapper that’s been rushed into service to cope with the rapid growth of alternative finance.

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First-time buyers: don’t touch property crowdfunding products with a bargepole

Property crowdfunding products aimed at first time buyers don’t help anyone, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They just add an extra slice of personal financial risk.

Tread carefully in new-fangled peer-to-peer Isas

Putting your savings into a new peer-to-peer loans Isa is an interesting idea, says Sarah Moore. But don’t be too quick to jump in.

Get set to buy into the altfi revolution through your Isa

Last year was great for alternative finance, and 2016 could be even better. David C Stevenson looks at the best opportunities to profit.

What’s next for alternative finance?

David Stevenson looks at how the world of alternative finance may develop for investors over the course of the year.

Alternative finance: how safe is your money?

Sam Hodges compares the protection available to investors from P2P investment platforms’ contingency funds with that provided by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for more conventional investments.

Mapping out the P2P funds universe, part 2

A look at the difference in risk and return when investing via P2P platforms such as Zopa and Ratesetter, and putting your money in a P2P-lending fund.

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