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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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Investment strategy

CITR: how you can do well by doing good

Ignore corporate virtue-signalling. The CITR is a more practical and tax-efficient way for investors with a social conscience to help struggling commu…
14 Jul 2019
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Currencies

Bitcoin is back in a bear market – but don’t sell now

After its recent spectacular rise, bitcoin suffered a whopping great selloff that, technically, put it back in a bear market. But that doesn’t mean yo…
3 Jul 2019
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Alternative finance

Why Freetrade is my favourite fintech

Many investors restrict themselves to major platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown. But there are other options. Freetrade is one that's well worth a l…
1 Jul 2019
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Currencies

Libra, Facebook’s faux cryptocurrency, could really take off

Libra, the proposed new cryptocurrency from Facebook, could be huge, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Not because it is a cryptocurrency. But because it isn…
24 Jun 2019
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Currencies

With its Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook wants to disrupt money

Economist Friedrich Hayek argued that corporations should compete with governments to issue currencies. Facebook's Libra is the start.
21 Jun 2019
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Currencies

Facebook’s Libra is not really a cryptocurrency – but it could still be world-changing

Facebook could be on to a winner with Libra, its new cryptocurrency, says Dominic Frisby. Here, he explains why.
19 Jun 2019
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Economy

What will it take for us to value real stuff again?

The intangible economy has ballooned in recent decades and today it looks all but unassailable. Dominic Frisby looks at what could bring it back down …
29 May 2019
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Currencies

The bitcoin rollercoaster has started up again – hang on tight!

Sentiment on bitcoin has made an about turn and the cryptocurrency is back on the rise. Dominic Frisby explains why, and whether it's time to buy bitc…
15 May 2019
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Stockmarkets

This trend-following system is telling you to buy US stocks – and bitcoin

Dominic Frisby’s “no-brainer” trading system works across most trending markets – and right now, it’s telling you to buy.
24 Apr 2019
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Currencies

Bitcoin has been bouncing – but is the bear market really behind us?

Bitcoin has been on the up over the past few months. So, is that it for the bear market, and what does the future hold for the cryptocurrency? Dominic…
10 Apr 2019
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Savings

IF Isas: look beyond stocks and bonds

You can now put a wide range of alternative investments  in the tax-free wrapper, with the Innovative Finance Isa, (IF Isa). But tread carefully.
15 Mar 2019
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Alternative finance

Peer-to-peer: cutting out the middleman could cost you

There are a vast array of peer-to-peer lending sites. That’s why you need a company to help research and collate the ones that might suit you.
11 Mar 2019