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.

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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.

Benefit from the Buffetts next door

The fintech revolution has made it easy to copy how others like you are investing. But it’s not always a good idea, says David C Stevenson.

Cryptocurrencies might be a bubble, but they’re here to stay

John Stepek looks at how the main asset price charts are faring ahead of the weekend, starting with bitcoin’s recent meteoric rise.

Initial coin offerings: a risky ride into the Wild West of finance

Companies can now raise funds by issuing their own digital currencies. Ben Judge explains how initial coin offerings work.

The phone apps that let you go Dutch

A new EU rule means we will soon have a wider choice of smartphone payment apps allowing us to transfer money to friends and contacts.

Bitcoin’s bull market goes on and on – don’t miss it

Bitcoin has hit a record high against the dollar. And it’s not finished yet. Dominic Frisby explains its real potential, and why it’s got a lot further to go.

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