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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How P2P funds fell from favour

Peer-to-peer lending funds are out of favour, says David C Stevenson. That spells opportunity for contrarian investors.

Cut out the middleman with asset-backed lending

Asset-backed lending is a relatively new product in the peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Ben Judge explains how it works.

The perils of P2P lending

P2P lending sold itself as a simpler alternative to traditional banks, but it’s grown increasingly complex. Now the FCA is worried that with complexity comes risk.

Backing the next Uber through crowdfunding

Crowding funding can be an innovative way to finance the corporate giants of tomorrow. Ben Judge explains how it works.

A cheaper way to transfer money

Ben Judge explains how fintech is shaking up the rip-off money transfer market, and why that’s good news for you.

Should you take a chance with P2P lending?

As traditional savings rates fall, many savers are tempted to take on a little extra risk with peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, says Ruth Jackson.

P2P funds suffer softer returns

Can P2P funds generate enough income to justify the risks, and what will happen if the economy turns down? David C Stevenson investigates.

The four stages of enterprise finance

A look at the stages of the enterprise finance cycle, from seed capital to IPO, to help investors understand the various stages of capital fundraising.

The different flavours of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding comes in many flavours – your money can be a donation, a loan, or in return for equity. Here is a guide to the different types of crowdfunding available.

P2P default rates on the rise

Raising default rates from loans made in 2014 have caused some investors in the peer-to-peer lending sector to start to worry. Matthew Partridge reports.

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