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 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.

Should you take a chance with P2P lending?

As traditional savings rates fall, many savers are tempted to take on a little extra risk with peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, says Ruth Jackson.

P2P funds suffer softer returns

Can P2P funds generate enough income to justify the risks, and what will happen if the economy turns down? David C Stevenson investigates.

The four stages of enterprise finance

A look at the stages of the enterprise finance cycle, from seed capital to IPO, to help investors understand the various stages of capital fundraising.

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