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.

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.

Innovative Finance Isas available to invest in now

Innovative Finance Isas have been around since April 2016, but are only now becoming widely available. Here, we present a comprehensive list of IFIsas available to invest in now.

All alternative finance articles

Three alternative-finance platforms making waves

Funding Circle’s disappointing debut doesn’t mean all alternative lending platforms are overhyped. David C Stevenson highlights three of the sector’s wide range of operators.

P2P car loans for subprime borrowers

A peer-to-peer platform, Buy2Let Cars, claims investors can get a bumper return from leasing cars to people with less-than-perfect credit histories. 

FCA threatens clampdown on P2P lending

Regulators are considering making peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding less accessible to investors who aren’t professional or very rich, says David Stevenson.

A hybrid alt-fi play for income investors

This mature alternative-finance property firm is not without risks, says David Stevenson, but could still be worth tucking away for the long term.

The apps that help you cash in on your personal data

Every day we all hand over vast amounts of personal data to big business. Why not make a bit of money yourself from the deal?

The robo-advisers battling for your money

Investors are spoilt for choice when it comes to robo-advisers – also known as digital wealth managers. David Stevenson looks at what’s available, and how they differ.

The fortunes to be found in fossils

An auction house in France stoked controversy last month with the sale of a fossilised dinosaur skeleton. Chris Carter reports.

Cryptocollectables: art on the blockchain

Punks, kitties and virtual tulips: the technology underlying cryptocurrencies has created a whole new world of digital art

Britain should woo bitcoin boosters

The City is missing a trick, says Matthew Lynn. London is the natural home for the growing cryptocurrency industry.

Equity crowdfunding: be an angel and back the next Facebook

Ed Bowsher has been using equity-crowdfunding platforms to invest in small businesses and start-ups since 2012. Here’s what he’s learned so far.

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