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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.

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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.

The rise of the robo-advisers

Ben Judge explains how robo-advisers are bringing portfolio advice to smaller investors priced out of the market.

Even the robots are going alternative

US startup LendingRobot sounds like an attempt to tick every box in innovative finance, says Ben Judge.

How P2P funds fell from favour

Peer-to-peer lending funds are out of favour, says David C Stevenson. That spells opportunity for contrarian investors.

Cut out the middleman with asset-backed lending

Asset-backed lending is a relatively new product in the peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Ben Judge explains how it works.

The perils of P2P lending

P2P lending sold itself as a simpler alternative to traditional banks, but it’s grown increasingly complex. Now the FCA is worried that with complexity comes risk.

Backing the next Uber through crowdfunding

Crowding funding can be an innovative way to finance the corporate giants of tomorrow. Ben Judge explains how it works.

A cheaper way to transfer money

Ben Judge explains how fintech is shaking up the rip-off money transfer market, and why that’s good news for you.

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