Monthly Archives: May 2019

Banks Look To FinTech “To Meet Customer Needs” – Plus Loan Latest

The ritual danced between alternative finance and the mainstream continues. Our own peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sector is at the fore of this process. Here’s just one of many reports carried in News over the past five years. The latest news is carried by our friends at P2P Finance News, which looks at recent research indicating […]

Data-Driven ‘Big Bang’ To Have Major Effects – Plus Loan Latest

The Oxford University Law Faculty looks at regulation in the light of what it calls a data-driven  Big Bang. This paper examines initiatives in financial and trade reporting (MiFID II), data protection (GDPR) and open banking (PSD2) – all of which have Europe-wide effect. The argument runs that the collective effect of these separately designed […]

Feeling High – How P2P Investors Can Understand Risk

Hello and welcome to the late-starting working week. Today, we’re sharing an opinion piece in FT Adviser. It’s replete with wisdom and common sense about the much misunderstood peer-to-peer (P2P) sector. Imagine an asset class where investor returns have been overwhelmingly positive every year since its inception and incredibly stable, hovering around the mid-single digits, […]

SME Funding – Awareness Up, But Successful Referrals Down

The signals on funding for  small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are mixed. Every few weeks research is released that purports to show SMEs are waking up to the funding available outside the traditional banking mainstream. Then along comes data that seems to demonstrate the opposite. Below is an upbeat report published here just over a […]

P2P Or Not P2P? These Are The Risk-Assessment Questions To Ask

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders have done well. With an annual default rate of less than 0.3 per cent over more than £15 million facilitated, Money&Co. lenders have achieved returns of more than 8 per cent gross.  But P2P loans are riskier investments than cash deposits as an asset class – and ease of access. We’ve attached […]

Inheritance Tax Planning – No Time Like The Present

Death and taxes may be the only certainties in life, but they offer another immutable truth:  they always come at an inconvenient time. So, it’s pleasing and mildly surprising to discover that some of you are addressing both death and taxes at the same time. Our Inheritance Tax service is proving popular, with several enquiries […]

IFISA Season Knows No Bounds

As we’ve said before, times are tough for income-hungry investors. Interest rates remain low, and traditional savings products mostly lag inflation. So the hunt for income is always on, as noted by our friends at P2P Finance News. ISA SEASON may be a distant memory but there are still tax-wrapper product launches to look forward […]