IFISAs Bring Hope to Troubled Savers - Orca Money

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Financial comparison site Orca Money has published a short guide to the Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA), the new product that allows ordinary investors to put money into peer-to-peer lending tax-free.  If you are the kind of investor who has already put money into ISAs, or you have money to invest before April 5th, you would do well to read Orca Money's advice.

You Have No Reason To Exist, Says Expert

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A 'senior industry source' claims that the vast majority of alternative finance platforms currently seeking authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have no reason to exist, according to a report in The Times this morning.

It's funny, isn't it, how all the most provocative and groundless allegations we read in our sector come from people who are described as 'expert', 'senior', or 'well-placed' ?

In Praise Of Cautious Investors

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The world has plenty of fools. Crowdfunding for sustainable growth needs a community of investors who think carefully and invest shrewdly, who assess risk, but treat risk as a thermometer (too hot, too cold, in the zone) rather than a traffic light (stop, go).

Understanding FCA Authorisation of P2P Lenders

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We want a well-regulated market with many participants investors can choose among. But what is going on with the long queue of peer-to-peer lending platforms looking for full authorisation?  

We expect the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) to be dilgent, but also fair.  Quality matters, but quantity matters too.  So far, the market has ten fully authorised players, and at least thirty in a queue. 

4thWay Expects IFISAs to Boost P2P Lending

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Peer-to-peer lending ranking site 4th Way has published a guide to the IFISA market in 2017, and predicts the new Innovative Finance ISAs will  lead tol an explosion in P2P loans. We are generally sceptical when a crowdfunding platform blows its own trumpet, but 4thWay is a bit different: it's a service that compares offerings from many lenders; and it is governed by a Panel of Peers - users of the site who are themselves experienced peer-to-peer investors.