Alternative finance

Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom
Bitcoin exchange shop in Krakow
Bitcoin

Buying bitcoin could be the best way to play the remote working boom

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the move to home working, flexible employment practices and the rise of the “digital nomad”. One of the best …
21 Oct 2020
The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England ©  Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
Will fintech change the face of banking?
Simon Hu, CEO of Ant Group © Shutterstock
Alternative finance

Will fintech change the face of banking?

Fancy new apps have become popular for everything from making a payment to buying insurance and shares. Should the big banks be worried? Simon Wilson …
17 Oct 2020
Sterling or bitcoin? I know which one I trust more
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Bitcoin

Sterling or bitcoin? I know which one I trust more

Many people don’t understand or trust bitcoin. They don’t think it’s real money. But it’s more robust and less easy to manipulate than our national cu…
14 Oct 2020
Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin
Bitcoin on euro notes © NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Bitcoin

Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin

While bitcoin is having a quiet year – at least in relative terms – its potential to become the default cash system for the internet is undiminished, …
16 Sep 2020
P2P lending sector’s growth put on pause
Alternative finance

P2P lending sector’s growth put on pause

The online P2P-lending revolution has run into trouble, but don’t write it off just yet, says David C Stevenson.
25 Aug 2020
Bitcoin has just “halved” again – what does that mean, and should you buy in?
Bitcoin

Bitcoin has just “halved” again – what does that mean, and should you buy in?

Cryptocurrency bitcoin has just hit a milestone, where the rate of new coins being produced halves. Dominic Frisby explains what that means.
13 May 2020

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Is bitcoin going mainstream?
Bitcoin

Is bitcoin going mainstream?

The cryptocurrency suffers from all the problems it has always had and that may never change. But digital currencies more broadly may be about to take…
9 May 2020
Market crash exposes the risks in P2P lending sites
Alternative finance

Market crash exposes the risks in P2P lending sites

The increased risk that goes with the supercharged returns from P2P lending is coming to the fore.
24 Apr 2020
Why now is the time to own gold – and bitcoin
Gold

Why now is the time to own gold – and bitcoin

The amount of money spent bailing out our financial system is incredible. Every government and central bank is at it. It’s times like these when you n…
8 Apr 2020
The juicy yields on offer in European fintech
Alternative finance

The juicy yields on offer in European fintech

With interest rates still at historic lows, income seekers should consider looking beyond traditional asset classes. Here are three ideas.
9 Mar 2020
Innovative Finance Isas available to invest in now
Alternative finance

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…
5 Mar 2020
Is it time to buy bitcoin? This chart suggests it is
Bitcoin

Is it time to buy bitcoin? This chart suggests it is

Dominic Frisby’s simple trading system is based on making as few decisions as possible then sitting tight. And right now, it’s telling you to buy bitc…
5 Feb 2020
Whatever happened to blockchain?
Alternative finance

Whatever happened to blockchain?

Not long ago investors were getting hyped up about blockchain. Then they dropped it. But they should take another look, says Ben Judge.
2 Jan 2020
Don’t give up on P2P lending
Alternative finance

Don’t give up on P2P lending

The P2P lending sector has had a torrid year and the rules are being tightened. But it’s hardly game over, says David Stevenson.
24 Dec 2019
The future of money is borderless – and difficult to tax
Economy

The future of money is borderless – and difficult to tax

Borderless money was once the norm, says Dominic Frisby. We used it for centuries before the era of the nation state. And as the physical economy dema…
23 Oct 2019
Bitcoin has just crashed hard – where will it go next?
Currencies

Bitcoin has just crashed hard – where will it go next?

The bitcoin price has taken a beating, down by 15% in one day. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s behind the crash, and where the cryptocurrency might go …
25 Sep 2019
Peer closely – but carefully – at peer-to-peer property investments
Property

Peer closely – but carefully – at peer-to-peer property investments

The interest rates on peer-to-peer property investments may look appealing, but investors should tread carefully.
16 Sep 2019
P2P lending hits a speed bump
Alternative investments

P2P lending hits a speed bump

The P2P lending sector is slowing, but it remains appealing in an era of zero interest rates, says David Stevenson.
3 Sep 2019
How and where to buy bitcoin in the UK
Bitcoin

How and where to buy bitcoin in the UK

There are many ways of buying in to the bitcoin boom. Dominic Frisby looks at the most common, and explains exactly how to buy bitcoins in the UK.
28 Aug 2019
The demise of Lendy, and why P2P can’t reinvent the basics of finance
Alternative investments

The demise of Lendy, and why P2P can’t reinvent the basics of finance

If you are offered a temptingly high return on anything, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it is because it is illiquid and risky. That’s something that inve…
24 Jul 2019
Another bubble in bitcoin for traders to short
Spread betting

Another bubble in bitcoin for traders to short

This surge in the bitcoin price seems no more likely to endure than the last one, says Matthew Partridge.
16 Jul 2019