Alternative finance

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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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Credibility of ICOs faces its first big test

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.

Francisco García Paramés: Bitcoin is gambling

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.

Two P2P lenders with tempting rates

David C Stevenson looks at two P2P lenders who warrant attention from investors in search of a decent yield.

A new rival for bitcoin – and for cash

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.

It’s time to short bitcoin

For now, the bitcoin bulls are winning big. But Matthew Partridge thinks it might be time to bet on a pullback.

PSD2: the next big thing in digital banking

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.

Growing pains for digital banks

It’s not all been plain sailing for digital banks since they launched a few years ago. Ben Judge looks at how they have fared.

Bitcoin is not a fraud – it’s dotcom 3.0

Most investors don’t know what to make of bitcoin. But the best brains see the potential and are flocking to this new asset class, argues Charlie Morris.

Get bigger profits from mini bonds

In the past year we’ve seen a steady rise in quality mini-bonds, says David C Stevenson, as reputable alternative asset managers move in with asset-backed propositions.

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?

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