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Alternative finance is the internet age's 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.
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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- Crowdfunding takes Dragons’ Den into the mainstream
- How bitcoin could help the world’s poor get access to decent toilets
- An exciting future for tech stocks
- The P2P lending market is throwing up some exciting opportunities for investors
About once a decade, the dollar makes a world-shaking lurch. James Ferguson explains why it's time to prepare for the next one, and John Stepek tips the best shares to profit.
Hydraulic fracturing - 'fracking' - is the energy story of the 21st century. This new technology means previously unrecoverable reserves of oil and gas can now be extracted. It has transformed the energy markets in the US, and led to huge new opportunities for investors. Below, we explore the best ways to play this exciting story.
The opportunity for fracking to transform some of Britain’s poorest areas is too good to pass up, says Matthew Lynn.
John Stepek looks at how some of the hottest trends in the tech world are transforming the lowest-tech industry of them all – mining.
- Introducing Dr Download – how to profit from wireless medical technology
- Walter Price: The future of software is in the cloud
- This incredible technology could form the next great bull market
- What the rise of the ‘smart home’ means for penny share investors
- This Belfast firm is cashing in on big data – and you can too
Find out how Bitcoin is set to revolutionise the world in Dominic Frisby’s witty and engaging new book, says Matthew Partridge.
One of the world's greatest scientific hoaxes took place today in 1912, with the presentation of human evolution's missing link to the Geological Society in London.
Biotech stocks have been booming over the last few years. Anyone who has invested will have made some very respectable profits. And it's a bull market that's set to continue for some time yet.
Science is only just getting to grips with the fact that 90% of our body is made up of bacteria – the microbiome. Bengt Saelensminde investigates.
The Bank of England has made it clear that interest rates will rise in 2015. So if you own a home, or plan to buy one, fix your mortgage now.
Sovereign debt among many countries in Europe is running dangerously high. If any country defaults, it poses a threat to the rest of the eurozone and to the single currency itself. And if the euro collapses, it would have enormous consequences for world markets, the global economy - and your wealth.
Greece could be on the path to a government that would make its position in the eurozone untenable. That could have a huge impact on the rest of the continent.
In increasingly desperate attempts to bolster their economies, many of the world's central banks are following policies of money printing- so called 'quantitative easing' - and lowering interest rates, pushing down the value of their currencies. Here we examine why, what it means for you, and how you can profit.
Japan’s quantitative easing programme is the biggest in the world. And it just got bigger. That’s great news for Japanese stocks, says John Stepek.