Tag Archives: Getting Fooled Again

High-Tech Future – Bane Or Bonanza? Plus Loan Close

Today, as our latest A+ property-backed loan offering closes, we look at what the future holds. Our communications director, award-winning journalist and author, Martin Baker, is writing a follow-up to his highly acclaimed first book of satirical financial essays, A Fool And His Money.  Getting Fooled Again? asks whether the financial world is making the same […]

Getting Fooled Again? Alternative Finance In A Post-Fact World

Today, we’re showcasing a forthcoming new book on alternative finance and its future in a post-fact, post-truth world. Getting Fooled Again? comes from the pen of award-winning author and journalist, Martin Baker. See this extended extract from the publishers…   “The world of alternative finance (altfi), crowdfunding and financial technology (FinTec), has sprung up to […]

FinTech’s Future And A Non-Event…

The Autumn Statement was something of a non-event. Soon, indeed, it will no longer be an event at all, as Chancellor Hammond informed us that the Autumn Statement was to be discontinued. This common-sense pronouncement was the most significant news item of the day. In the lull after the non-storm, we bring you a rather […]

AltFi Growth Needs No Quick Fixes

Ahead of the Autumn Statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, we see healthy growth on the equity side of the crowdfunding fence. This, garnered from Lexology, is an encouraging read. “In 2014-15, 3,265 companies raised £1.8 billion through EIS funding and 2,290 companies raised £175 million through SEIS funding which is an increase of […]

SME Funding ‘Still Below Pre-Crisis Levels’ – KPMG

Today, an opinion piece from KPMG offers this somewhat depressing news: “Lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has never returned to its pre-financial crisis levels. Peter Tuvey, co-founder and managing partner of Fleximize, a UK-based alternative business lender, discusses the bank referral scheme and how alternative finance can benefit SMEs. “Earlier this month, the government’s […]

SMEs Miss AltFi Funding – And Growth – Opportunities

Our friends at Small Business UK look at recent research into small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) activity and confidence. The message is all too familiar: many SMEs don’t consider funding options other than the mainstream – and this is hampering growth. “Small business growth and investment activity is being put under threat by concerns over […]