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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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.
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.
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.
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?
More than £30m of buy-to-let mortgages from P2P property-lender Landbay have been securitised and given an AAA rating. But does investing in buy-to-let as an asset class make any sense? David C Stevenson investigates.
The peer-to-peer lending sector is booming – but it’s risky and has yet to endure a recession. So if you’re tempted, ensure you understand what you’re investing in and why, says Ben Judge.
We’ve not had a retail bond from an alternative-finance firm, says David C Stevenson. That is, until now.
Finding a suitable mortgage can be tough, says Ben Judge. Will new online broker services make life easier for house hunters?
The hype about digital currencies is growing – but wise investors should steer clear of this unregulated world of financial scams, says John Carter.
Ben Judge looks at the best apps on the market to help you save for the future.