News Briefing - Crowdfunding, SME And Alternative Finance

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1.UK - FinTech

City A.M. reports activity at Draper Esprit.

“The venture capital firm behind brands such as Graze, Revolut and Seedrs today tapped investors for almost £200m after doubling annual profits.

Aim-quoted Draper Esprit is to "double down on Europe", with a £115m share placing and raising a further £61m across its range of funds.

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EIS: A Guide For Investors

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The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) appeals to investors in equity crowdfunding, unlisted and growth SMEs. If you have an equity portfolio, EIS will help you keep more of your returns after tax and mitigate risk and any losses you might make.

The new guide to the scheme from the EIS Association is a valuable introduction for smart investors and anyone discovering equity crowdfunding.

Investors Say Less EU, More AI

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Will robots make Brexit a success? An expert investment panel asked this in London recently. The Smith & Williamson Artificial Intelligence Fund is less than six months old, but if our country needs a supply of hard workers who are more popular than the Polish or Portuguese, maybe robots are the answer.

Risk Analysis: Odds On A Horse In The White House?

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Many income-hungry investors are turning to peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. Cash deposits currently pay, according to independent comparison site, Moneyfacts, two per cent at best.

We run a guest article with the kind permission of Money&Co. It examines mainstream risk analysis - and the take on what might happen next in the White House is truly outrageous!