There have been some wild claims made about the potential of blockchain technology, but doubts are starting to set in, says Simon Wilson.
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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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 picks a risky punt.
Too many small businesses are finding it hard to gain access to funding, says David Prosser. Alternative finance may have the answer.
Gold is an excellent store of value, but it’s lost its utility as money. But now a London-based fintech startup wants to bring gold into the 21st century. Ben Judge reports.
Micro-finance is the ultimate example of ethical investing. Here, David C Stevenson looks at one scheme bringing renewable energy to remote parts of Africa.
Tezos received plenty of hype ahead of its initial coin offering during the summer, says Ben Judge. But for those who bought in, the cryptocurrency has yet to materialise.
Buying bitcoin is just a form of gambling, says Francisco García Paramés, Spain’s best-known fund manager – and he doesn’t see the appeal.
David C Stevenson looks at two P2P lenders who warrant attention from investors in search of a decent yield.
Cryptocurrency Ripple was created by a California-based start-up of the same name as a way for financial institutions to make cross-border payments quickly and securely.
For now, the bitcoin bulls are winning big. But Matthew Partridge thinks it might be time to bet on a pullback.
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.