Posts Tagged: fintech

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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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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Banks Face an Uber Moment, says Citigroup Report

Every industry has its Uber moment – the point when a new wave of technology-led challengers begin to change the game. And according to financial services giant Citibank, that moment has arrived for the banking industry in Europe and North America. In a new report entitled Digital Disruption – Citigroup puts traditional banks on notice…

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MarketInvoice To Provide Credit Insurance Amid Brexit Uncertainty

Invoice trading platform, MarketInvoice has announced a partnership with specialist insurer Euler Hermes aimed at protecting its business customers from the negative impact of bad debt.   Founded in 2010, MarketInvoice is a platform-based lender that is best known for its invoice finance solution. Backed by a community of investors, the platform allows businesses to…

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Bank of England Backtracks on Digital Currency

The UK’s central Bank has dropped any plans to launch its own digital currency but has said it will continue to research the proposition. The decision to ditch a digital currency in the short-term is thought to be anchored by concerns about the impact of such a currency on the global financial system.   The…

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A Shifting Balance – Why Alternative Finance is Winning Market Share

Marketplace lending is now an established segment of the UK’s business finance ecosystem, but until relatively recently it has perhaps been considered as an ‘alternative’ solution – something that sits outside the mainstream.   It’s a perception that may be changing, as debt platforms take an increasingly large share of the SME lending market.  …

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Open Banking Set to Boost Fintech

New Open Banking rules are set to boost the UK’s fintech sector.From January 13, 2018 new rules come into force meaning that all of Britain’s banks will be required to make customer account data available to approved rivals.   If Open Banking proves a success, it could mean a wider range of financial services for…

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Will Traditional Banks Take on Their Challengers?

  The number of the new banks seeking to disrupt the UK financial services landscape has increased in the last couple of years. These so-called ‘challenger banks’ are luring customers away from the traditional banks at an alarming pace, growing their customer base from those who are still suspicious of traditional institutions since the financial…

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