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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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.
Crowding funding can be an innovative way to finance the corporate giants of tomorrow. Ben Judge explains how it works.
Ben Judge explains how fintech is shaking up the rip-off money transfer market, and why that’s good news for you.
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.
Can P2P funds generate enough income to justify the risks, and what will happen if the economy turns down? David C Stevenson investigates.
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.
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.
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.
Several investment trusts have sprung up to invest in peer-to-peer, or P2P, lending. David C Stevenson tips two he’s keeping a close eye on.
As banks cut their interest rates after the financial crisis, other providers stepped in, offering higher returns. But are they worth using? David Stevenson explores the world of alternative finance.