Posts By: Trevor Clawson

Filling The Gap – SME Funding After Brexit

The scale of Britain’s contribution to the European Union continues to be a subject for sometimes heated debate – even two years after the Brexit vote. During the referendum campaign, those on the leave side put the figure at £19bn per year, while remain voters pointed out that a large percentage of that money came…

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Funding Circle Replaces  Downloadable Loanbook With Quarterly Report

Peer-to-Peer lending platform  Funding Circle has announced that retail investors will no longer have access to a downloadable loanbook. Instead – in a switch to quarterly reporting – data on loans will be made available through a new statistics page, which will be updated every three months. Signalling the change via its corporate blog, Funding…

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The Blockchain Revolution – Will ICOs Change the Alternative Finance Game?

In December 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority issued a statement warning that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) should be considered as high risk and highly speculative investments, suitable only for sophisticated investors.   To support its statement, the Authority cited a number of risk factors that should be flashing warning lights. These included the fact that…

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Fintech’s Success Story – The Secret is Better Service

Financial technology – more colloquially referred to as Fintech – has become one of the hottest corners of the UK’s startup universe.   Evidence of the sector’s strength is provided, at least in part, by the growing interest of investors. In 2017, British tech startups attracted £2.99bn in equity investment, according to figures published by…

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Private Debt Investors Increasingly Drawn To Special Situations Deals

Private debt investors are increasingly targeting higher risk deals, according to research published by alternative asset market intelligence provider Preqin.   In its latest quarterly Private Debt Market Update, Preqin estimates that there are more than 3,200 active private debt investors globally, and within that community the appetite for exposure to deals involving distressed debt…

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Is Crowdfunding Right For You? – A Checklist

The Alternative Finance universe is expanding and evolving, but for most small and medium sized businesses in search of funding, there are two basic options – namely borrowing or selling equity via a crowdfunding platform.     Borrowing via an online platform is the most popular of the two, at least in terms of the sums…

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MarketInvoice Joins RBS/NatWest’s Alternative Finance Marketplace

Invoice trading platform MarketInvoice has joined the Royal Bank of Scotland/NatWest Capital Connections panel, joining a group of alternative finance providers that also includes Peer to Peer Lender, Funding Circle and Assetz Capital. The Capital Connections Panel was set up by the High Street banking group to help businesses that were unable to attract traditional…

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