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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Investors are shifting into property crowdfunding

Property crowdfunding looks set to dominate alternative finance both for lending as well as equity based investing, says Richard Bush. Here, he looks at the differences with traditional crowdfunding.

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.

Mapping out the P2P funds universe

Sam Hodges looks at the fast-expanding range of London stockmarket listed funds investing in P2P loans and direct loans to small businesses.

Who prospers after emerging from the Dragons’ Den of crowdfunding?

Making successful investment decisions requires accurate data on performance, risk and returns. That’s something that’s desperately needed in crowdfunding, says David C Stevenson.

Five questions to ask before investing in crowdfunding

Investors need to be better informed about the risks they are taking when crowdfunding, says Elliot Cowan. Here, he outlines five vital questions to ask before you hand over any money.

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