Posts By: Trevor Clawson

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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What’s in a Name? – the Difference Between Peer to Peer lending and Private Debt    

‘Private debt’ is not a term that has much resonance outside the financial services industry. Unlike, say, crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, the concept doesn’t attract much coverage in the mainstream press and, as yet, it probably isn’t on the radar screens of the majority of small and medium sized business owners. And yet, along with…

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Crunching the Numbers – What 2017s Numbers Say About AltFi’s Future

2017 marked another year of growth for the Alternative Finance industry – a sector that now not only includes crowdfunding and platform lending, but arguably a whole new fund-raising category in the shape of initial coin offerings (ICOs). But what do last year’s figures tell us about the industry’s prospects in 2018. And perhaps more…

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