News Briefing - Crowdfunding, SME And Alternative Finance

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1.UK – AltFi

More bad news from the unregulated mini-bonds sector. We first told you about noted Blackmore Bonds in April, as another prominent custome of the Surge marketing firm. Now the FCA has ordered them to close to new business.

Their homepage  rather cheekily says: "We have achieved our fundraising goals and are not currently taking new investment. " Sounds much nicer, when you put it like that.

2. UK - Equity

Seedrs looks at the start-ups which have done well under its wing. The equity crowdfunding platform has an awards ceremony for its own clients. 

3. UK – P2P

Credit Suisse sets up a fund to invest in consumer loans via a platform.

4. International – FinTech

China’s central bank issues a three-year FinTech plan.

5. International – FinTech

The European Banking Authority has published a report which suggests reconciling national authorities’ procedures for regulating Fintech.