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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.

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 craft beer bubble is just a symptom of a much deeper malaise

The latest crowdfunding push from craft brewer Brewdog says a lot about the ease of raising money, says John Stepek. From junk bonds to sovereign debt, there are signs of a huge bubble getting ready to pop.

Alternative finance: Helping Britain’s 'gazelle companies' to leap the funding gap

Small businesses can’t get money from the bank, and their
needs are too large for crowdfunding platforms. Mini-bonds
are the answer for them – but are they good for investors?

Peer-to-peer lenders still hopeful they will be included in Isas after Budget disappointment

P2P lenders were disappointed not to have their products included in the Isa framework in the Budget. But they remain quietly confident their day will come, says Kam Patel.

Peer-to-peer lending is all very trendy – but should we buy it?

Peer-to-peer lending generates a lot of hype. David C Stevenson looks at the numbers to see if investors are right to be excited.

'Property crowdfunding' may look tempting, but it's very risky

Using crowdfunding to buy property to let is tempting, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it carries an awful lot of risk.

The 'disruptive innovators' making waves in finance

Everywhere you look, the finance sector is undergoing fast-paced change. That’s great news for investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Alternative finance: The exciting rebels elbowing their way into a boring business

Lots of small businesses are fed up with being paid late. David C Stevenson looks at the innovators that have come to put an end to it.

Gordon Brown to take over at RBS – and five more predictions for 2015

Will deflation spread to Britain, and could Gordon Brown turn around RBS? Matthew Lynn sets out his six predictions for the year ahead.

What Lending Club’s float means for peer-to-peer lending

The biggest peer-to-peer platform has delivered stellar returns, says David C Stevenson. But big players are not the only profit-spinners out there.

Lending Club IPO is a big boost for the peer-to-peer lending sector

The flotation of Lending Club is a milestone for the fast-growing P2P lending sector as it looks to raise its challenge to traditional banking. Kam Patel reports.

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