Alternative finance

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.

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It’s time to short bitcoin

For now, the bitcoin bulls are winning big. But Matthew Partridge thinks it might be time to bet on a pullback.

PSD2: the next big thing in digital banking

PSD2 is a Europe-wide set of standards that has the potential to transform how we view and manage our money, says David C Stevenson.

Growing pains for digital banks

It’s not all been plain sailing for digital banks since they launched a few years ago. Ben Judge looks at how they have fared.

Bitcoin is not a fraud – it’s dotcom 3.0

Most investors don’t know what to make of bitcoin. But the best brains see the potential and are flocking to this new asset class, argues Charlie Morris.

Get bigger profits from mini bonds

In the past year we’ve seen a steady rise in quality mini-bonds, says David C Stevenson, as reputable alternative asset managers move in with asset-backed propositions.

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?

New opportunities in P2P buy-to-let

More than £30m of buy-to-let mortgages from P2P property-lender Landbay have been securitised and given an AAA rating. But does investing in buy-to-let as an asset class make any sense? David C Stevenson investigates.

Should you follow the crowd into P2P?

The peer-to-peer lending sector is booming – but it’s risky and has yet to endure a recession. So if you’re tempted, ensure you understand what you’re investing in and why, says Ben Judge.

A first retail bond from a P2P platform

We’ve not had a retail bond from an alternative-finance firm, says David C Stevenson. That is, until now.

Can bots take the pain out of mortgages?

Finding a suitable mortgage can be tough, says Ben Judge. Will new online broker services make life easier for house hunters?

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