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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The phone apps that let you go Dutch

A new EU rule means we will soon have a wider choice of smartphone payment apps allowing us to transfer money to friends and contacts.

Bitcoin’s bull market goes on and on – don’t miss it

Bitcoin has hit a record high against the dollar. And it’s not finished yet. Dominic Frisby explains its real potential, and why it’s got a lot further to go.

Why this fintech tycoon is worried about Brexit

Taavet Hinrikus, cofounder of P2P money transfer service TransferWise, explains how Brexit could affect the fintech sector – a hugely important industry for Britain.

How to choose a robo-adviser

Many of us haven’t got the time, knowledge or the disposition to pick great funds on a regular basis. The answer could be to look at the fast-growing “robo-advice” sector.

The battle for the future of bitcoin

There’s a civil war brewing over the future of bitcoin that could lead to a “fork” – two separate currencies running on separate versions of the underlying software, operating by different rules.

Europe’s first fintech ETF, and an IFISA roundup

Source, the London-based provider of exchange-traded funds (ETF), has announced what it claims is Europe’s first fintech ETF. Plus, a roundup of Innovative Finance ISAs on the market

A new breed of challenger bank

A new breed of branchless, smartphone-based challenger bank is hoping to revolutionise banking. Ben Judge looks at what’s on offer.

IF Isas: a slow start for innovative finance

The innovative finance (IF) Isa was announced two years ago, says Ben Judge. But it’s been slow progress since then.

New clearing bank targets small start-ups

The founder of payment processor Worldpay has created Clearbank, the UK’s first new clearing bank for almost 200 years.

The changing face of insurance

Start-ups are cropping up all over, offering innovative products such as micro-insurance, P2P car insurance and insurance on demand, says Ben Judge.

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