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.

Innovative Finance Isas available to invest in now

Innovative Finance Isas have been around since April 2016, but are only now becoming widely available. Here, we present a comprehensive list of IFIsas available to invest in now.

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Start-ups bring share dealing to the smartphone

App-based challengers for banking and payments are everywhere, says Ben Judge. Now it could be time for them to upend the investment industry.

Investing in whisky: liquid profits on the blockchain

The whisky industry is steeped in history, but investing in the water of life has been brought up to date with P2P platforms and the blockchain.

IFIsas: a bold way to build your capital

Innovative Finance Isas are the newest kids on the block, offering diverse ways to invest, but be aware that high rewards mean greater risk.

Be cautious when seeking income

Mini-bonds are going out of fashion, says David C Stevenson. But they do still have some redeeming features.

Property crowdfunding: trading on a British obsession

Crowdfunding promises to “democratise” the property market, says Sarah Moore. But high fees mean poor investment returns.

Gold goes virtual on the blockchain

Blockchain companies are “tokenising” gold, marrying it to freely tradable cryptocurrencies. So should you buy virtual gold, or stick with the real thing?

The trials of turning bitcoin into cash

Making your fortune in bitcoin is all very well. But how do you actually turn it into cash you can spend? Ben Judge explains.

Steer well clear of Kodak’s crypto offerings

Kodak announced a new blockchain strategy last week and saw its share price near-quadruple as a result. But investors should tread carefully.

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 picks a risky punt.

A helping hand for small businesses

Too many small businesses are finding it hard to gain access to funding, says David Prosser. Alternative finance may have the answer.

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