Alternative finance

A risky P2P opportunity for 2018

Last year was a tough one for the peer-to-peer (P2P) finance sector, though investors still received a decent yield. So where should you be looking for 2018? David C Stevenson [...]

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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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?

Beware the cryptocurrency con men

The hype about digital currencies is growing – but wise investors should steer clear of this unregulated world of financial scams, says John Carter.

The apps that save behind your back

Ben Judge looks at the best apps on the market to help you save for the future.

Should you trust online bank-account aggregators?

Online tools can offer an easy way to keep an eye on your money, but security worries remain. New EU rules could change that next year, says Emma Lunn.

A new way to buy into big-name bonds

Young alternative-investment platform WiseAlpha has come up with a different way of attracting investors. David C Stevenson explains.

Why Sipps aren’t yet embracing P2P

Innovative Finance Isas are finally beginning to take off , with several launched since the start of the new tax year. However, the same can’t be said for P2P investments in Sipps. Here’s why.

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