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Lisa Walls-Hester


Lisa started her early career as an auditor before moving into corporate finance. She spent many years abroad including a decade in the Middle East but has now returned to the U.K. and writes full-time on business and investments. Investing in companies has been a passion since she was a teenager, she is an angel investor and has been an equity and lending crowd funder since 2012.

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Articles by Lisa Walls-Hester

Monzo breaks another equity crowdfunding record

29th March 2017

Monzo breaks records to attract 6,500 investors on Crowdcube as part of its latest £22m funding round with Thrive Capital, Passion Capital and Orange Digital Ventures.   The UK digital ...

Nucleus Commercial Finance hits £500m in loans to SMEs

28th March 2017

Nucleus Commercial Finance, a specialist in alternative finance for SMEs, has reached hit the £500m mark in lending and says it plans to double this to £1bn in the next 12 months.   The ...

Experts predict avalanche of partnership deals between traditional and alternative lenders

23rd March 2017

Ninety percent of industry insiders anticipate an increase in traditional bank and marketplace lender partnerships in 2017. This is according to a survey conducted by digital asset management platform ...

Xero expands capital and credit sources to UK Business

22nd March 2017

Xero has added finance providers MarketInvoice, iwoca and DueCourse into its app marketplace to give SME’s easier access to capital.   The Xero marketplace allows over 500 service providers ...

Capitalflow gets new £50m cash pot

22nd March 2017

Belfast-based commercial business lender Capitalflow has announced new funding of £50m to finance Irish SMEs.   The firm is supported by Pollen Street Capital, which is a significant shareholder ...

Billionloans is looking for $1m investment to boost growth

21st March 2017

Billionloans, the online lending platform founded by former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, is looking for funding.     Billionloans which launched earlier this year was founded by former ...

BinckBank buys robo-advisor startup

21st March 2017

BinckBank responds to increasing customer demand by acquiring robo-advisory firm Pritle for €12.5m.   The independent online dutch bank, BinckBank has expanded its digital wealth management ...

Seedrs announces two new key hires

15th March 2017

Seedrs has bolstered its management team with the appointment of two new senior executives. Jeff Kelisky joins as chief operating officer and Ricardo Brízido as chief technology officer.     Kelisky ...

Financial health incubator is on the look out for fintech cohorts

15th March 2017

Fintechs with a focus on financial health can now apply to participate in a ground-breaking incubation programme announced today by the Finance Innovation Lab and Toynbee Hall.   The programme, ...

CapitalRise offers investors first property IFISA as tax year-end edges closer

13th March 2017

CapitalRise says it is the first investment platform to offer savers access to prime residential property investments through an IFISA and targets potential returns of 10-14 per cent on its London property ...

AlphaFlow brings robo to real estate

9th March 2017

San Francisco-based real estate investment platform AlphaFlow has launched AlphaFlow Managed Portfolios, which it believes is the first automated real estate investment service of its kind.   The ...

Misys and Moroku collaborate on gamification for money management

9th March 2017

Misys, the London-based financial services software company, is collaborating with Moroku to bring gamification to educate the next generation on money management.   The company says it is ...

New research reveals investment attitudes of men and women and it’s not what anybody expects

8th March 2017

A recent investor study from SyndicateRoom identifies diversity trends for 2017 and it finds women are not as risk averse as people think and it says online investment platforms reduce inequality in male–female ...

Dubai regulates its first P2P lender

7th March 2017

Dubai-based Beehive has become the first P2P lending platform to be authorised and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).   Beehive launched in 2014 and was founded ...

Seedrs launches IRR tool for investors

6th March 2017

Seedrs has announced a pioneering new product which will give investors real-time access to their individual portfolio IRR.   The new product is available to investors from today, and follows ...

BrickVest gets £2m and extends its funding round

2nd March 2017

BrickVest has raised £2m in its latest fundraising round and has decided to extend fundraising after new investor, Jean-Romain Lhomme, former co-head of Europe at Colony Capital, persuaded the ...

ClearBank launches, and says its making UK banking history

28th February 2017

The UK’s latest challenger bank, ClearBank, has announced its launch today and says it is the first clearing bank to enter the UK market in more than 250 years.   ClearBank is regulated ...

Monzo closes £19.5M new investment and promises another crowd round

23rd February 2017

UK challenger bank Monzo has agreed on a new £19.5M investment round with US-based Thrive Capital, London’s Passion Capital, and Orange Digital Ventures and says it is also planning ...

Fund&Go announces a platform to manage funds raised from crowdfunding

23rd February 2017

Fund&Go wants to revolutionise the crowdfunding industry and claims its product, which partners existing crowdfunding platforms, will reduce fraud, scams and failed management in crowdfunding campaigns.   The ...

Plum announces partnership with Ratesetter

22nd February 2017

Plum, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered Facebook chatbot which allows consumers to start saving and investing without any effort, today announces its partnership with RateSetter.   Plum’s ...

OurCrowd announces expansion to Taiwan

18th February 2017

OurCrowd, has announced its expansion in Asia with a new Taipei office and financial partner, Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank (SCSB).   Jon Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd said: “We ...

Invesdor picks up new investment

17th February 2017

Invesdor, the Nordic provider of digital financial and crowdfunding services has announced a new investment from Mika Ihamuotila. Ihamuotila is chairman of the board of the iconic Finnish fashion ...

AdvisorEngine acquires WealthMinder assets

17th February 2017

AdvisorEngine, the New York-based digital wealth management platform, has purchased the technology assets and intellectual property of Wealthminder, a cloud-based offering that enables financial ...

Fintech start-up TrueLayer closes $1.3m funding round

17th February 2017

London-based Fintech firm, TrueLayer, has closed a $1.3m seed funding round led by Connect Ventures with participation from US-based Graph Ventures. Investment has also come from angels including Nexmo ...

SyndicateRoom reveals EIS trends for 2017 and identifies knowledge gap among retail investors

15th February 2017

Only one in ten retail investors have invested in tax-efficient products aimed at early-stage investing in the past 12 months, including Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs), the Enterprise Investment Scheme ...

BetaSmartz opens office in Hong Kong, bringing its smart robo to Asia

14th February 2017

BetaSmartz the business-to-business automated investment platform has announced it has opened new offices in Hong Kong.   BetaSmartz which offers hybrid digital investment or “robo-advice” ...

Float secures $3m in angel funding

11th February 2017

Float, a US-based fintech startup that offers instant access to small dollar credit lines has launched this week. The company also announced that it raised $3m in an angel round from fintech ...

Crowdcube investment figures defy Brexit gloom

8th February 2017

Crowdcube has seen a strong upswing in investment through its platform since the decision to leave European Union (EU) last June. In the six months since the Brexit vote, Crowdcube reports investment on ...

Lending Works launches new innovative finance ISA

8th February 2017

Lending Works, the first peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform to have insurance protecting lenders against certain borrower default risks, today launched its Individual Savings Account (ISA).   Lending ...

The UK gets its first robo-advice comparison site

7th February 2017

The Finance & Technology Research Centre (F&TRC) has launched a new digital wealth comparison site which provides analysis and ratings of digital advice platforms.   The site, called ...

New blockchain platform aims to tackle £3bn invoice factoring market

6th February 2017

Populous, a London-based startup, is set to launch a smart contract invoice marketplace. The new platform will use blockchain to disrupt the invoice financing industry.   The platform’s ...

Prosper Marketplace appoints Usama Ashraf as CFO

2nd February 2017

Prosper Marketplace has appointed Usama Ashraf as Chief Financial Officer. Ashraf will oversee the company’s capital markets function, as well as all the company’s finance activities.   As ...

Canada's Wealthsimple expands into US robo-adviser market

1st February 2017

Wealthsimple, the Toronto-based robo-adviser has expanded into the US. The expansion follows a $15.25m investment from Power Financial Corp. According to industry analysts, Wealthsimple is the first foreign ...

Raymond James unveils its Connected Advisor platform

1st February 2017

Florida-based Raymond James Financial is rolling out a new robo-adviser platform this year. While many wealth management firms are choosing to partner with or purchase robo-advisor platforms, Raymond James ...

FinTecSystems partners with Smava for fully automated loan system

1st February 2017

FinTecSystems, Fidor Bank, and credit comparison site Smava have partnered to launch Kredit2Go, which they claim is the first fully automatic credit system with an immediate payout.   Kredit2Go ...

8 Securities extends its robo-advisory app to banks and asset managers

27th January 2017

Asia’s first robo-advisor, 8 Securities, is now offering a B2B service to large financial institutions.   It will allow financial firms to customise its platform for their own customers. ...

Varo adds consumer lending feature to its mobile app

27th January 2017

Varo the US-based financial technology company has launched a new consumer lending tool via its mobile app.     Varo will be issuing credit products in several states through its own lending ...

Ratesetter - Savers want better returns, not more protection

27th January 2017

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is set to increase the limit of insured bank deposits from £75,000 to £85,000 next week, but research says consumers would prefer a higher ...

UK Bond Network approved to offer tax-efficient Innovative Finance ISAs

24th January 2017

UK Bond Network, the alternative finance provider that specialises in structuring and distributing investment opportunities in secured corporate bonds, has moved a step closer to offering a tax-efficient ...

Welendus launches equity crowdfunding campaign

23rd January 2017

Welendus, the new payday peer-to-peer lender with an ambition to shake up the short-term lending market, has launched an equity crowdfunding round on Seedrs.   The company is seeking £300,000 ...

Wealthfront adds a share selling service to its robo-advisory platform

20th January 2017

Wealthfront, the US-based automated wealth manager has launched a free share selling service for employees to offload shares in their companies.   It calls the service ‘Selling Plan’ ...

Misys new FusionBanking CrowdLending solution will allow banks to recapture P2P market

19th January 2017

The London-based financial services software company has launched a new white label crowdlending module which will allow retail and corporate banks the opportunity to seize back their share of the $490bn ...

iBAN, launches equity crowdfunding round for its Crowdlending App iBAN Wallet

19th January 2017

iBAN, the lending platform, launched its first seed investment round seeking £100,000 to develop its money management and Crowdlending app, iBAN Wallet.   The app will connect lenders ...

Credimi secures agreements with four primary investment funds

17th January 2017

Credimi.com, the Italian digital financing solution for SMEs has signed agreements with four primary investment funds for the purchase of up to €50M of commercial loans, originated by the digital ...

Munnypot’s digital financial advice service, goes live

14th January 2017

The founders of Cavanagh Group have teamed up to launch a new service offering online financial advice. The robo-advice service aims to bring online savings and investment tools to users at a fraction ...

AllBright equity crowdfunding platform now live

13th January 2017

The AllBright platform with its three female founders  emerged to address the funding gap that currently exists between male and female-led companies and aims to unearth, fund and support outstanding ...

Financial management platform Squirrel launches an equity crowdfunding round

12th January 2017

Squirrel, launched an equity crowdfunding round this week and has already raised almost half of its target funds. The company is seeking £400,000 for six per cent equity. The campaign is running ...

Workinvoice launches securitisation vehicle for marketplace receivables

12th January 2017

Workinvoice, the Italian invoice trading platform, has just launched and funded the first Italian securitisation vehicle for marketplace receivables.   Factor@Work, an Italian based portfolio ...

Novofina brings its robo-adviser to the UK targeting 20% returns

9th January 2017

European wealth management firm Novofina is bringing its 'Neue Finanzen' robo-advisor to the UK. Its trading algorithms target high returns, and were previously only available to the super-rich. ...

Invesdor doubles its equity crowdfunding platform investment in 2016 and plans to do the same in 2017

5th January 2017

Invesdor, the equity crowdfunding platform based in Finland announced that funds raised through its platform surpassed €25m just before 2016 ended and says it is on track to reap the ...

Metro Bank to lend £1bn to UK businesses in 2017

4th January 2017

Metro Bank has signaled that it is open for business with £1bn of funds ring-fenced for lending in 2017.   The funds will be available to both new and existing businesses, as well as commercial ...

GrowthDeck seeks funding for its unique hybrid platform

27th December 2016

Growthdeck has launched a funding round to facilitate expansion. It wants to extend its deal processing capability and says its hybrid platform, combining Radius Equity and Growthdeck, represents a significant ...

Growth Capital Ventures gets £1.1m investment from Maven Capital Partners for new P2P platform

16th December 2016

Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), has completed a £1.1m investment in Growth Capital Ventures (“GCV”), funded through its managed Venture Capital Trusts. GCV is a leading ...

Moola gets FCA approval and partners with BlackRock

13th December 2016

Online investment service Moola, which is partnered by BlackRock and Winterflood, has been fully authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The company will be open for business at the start ...

Two tempting plays in the music industry for equity crowdfunding investors

12th December 2016

Technology has upturned the music industry and while some commentators lament the demise of the old model the music tech sector is booming. Could there be opportunities for retail investors to buy into ...

New EU rules pave the way for larger crowd rounds

9th December 2016

The European Parliament has given the go-ahead for new Regulation that will enable EU countries to increase the level of crowdfunding rounds without the need for a prospectus from €5m to €8m.   The ...

Businessagent.com gets strategic investment from securities veteran

8th December 2016

“Crowdfunding secondary market is one step closer,” says businessagent.com as city securities figure Malcolm Burne takes a strategic investment in the platform.   Business Agent ...

University students crowdfund their own startups in US’s first experiential course on crowdfunding

2nd December 2016

Students at Suffolk University in Boston are crowdfunding their business course projects as part of a new entrepreneurship course. The university claims it has introduced the US’s first ...

Viainvest launches a new P2P platform, aims to become leader in the Baltics

1st December 2016

Viainvest will join the P2P lending community by offering a marketplace for both private and legal entities to invest into consumer loans, originated by non-banking lenders.   All loan agreements ...

A new P2P lending platform is crowdfunding, aiming to revolutionise friends and family borrowing

1st December 2016

A new peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform that integrates social networks for trust-based lending will soon launch in the UK and Ireland.   Flender is not a traditional P2P platform with an ...

The ticketing industry is on the cusp of change - does this signal an opportunity for crowdfunding investors?

28th November 2016

Ticketing sites are the hot topic of the week as MP’s call for an investigation into the ticket-resale market following complaints from consumers and event owners about profiteering in the industry.   A ...

Indiegogo partners with MicroVentures to launch new equity crowdfunding platform

16th November 2016

Indiegogo, the US-based platform for entrepreneurs, is to utilise new equity crowdfunding regulations that took effect in May to launch an equity crowdfunding service.   The equity crowdfunding ...

Alternative finance needs to do more to fill the gender funding gap

11th November 2016

Alternative finance has been welcomed around the globe as an important innovation in democratising access to capital and investment opportunity. This relatively new industry was supposed to open up the ...

AllBright announces its new female-focused crowdfunding platform

4th November 2016

AllBright is to launch a new crowdfunding platform that promises to unearth, fund and support outstanding female talent in the UK.   AllBright claims it is the first funding platform of ...

A fintech innovator overfunds equity crowdfunding round in eight hours

31st October 2016

WeSwap, the fintech platform that allows people to swap currency, managed to pull off a noteworthy pre-registration campaign, overfunding its £1m target by over £500,000 with backing from 1,086 ...

Crowdcube expects the trend of growth stage or VC-backed businesses seeking crowd equity to continue

28th October 2016

Crowdcube reports another year of growth as the amount raised by businesses has increased by more than 50 per cent to £86m in the 12 months to 30 September 2016. The average amount raised by businesses ...

A greenfield opportunity for investors in the insurance sector?

21st October 2016

You would be forgiven for thinking that the centuries old insurance industry has little to offer in the way of new products or innovation but EmbryoCare, believes it has a product which is completely new ...

Technology is driving a revolution in real estate

17th October 2016

LOT11 is a company threatening to bring the UK property market into the 21st century by disrupting the traditional auction method and persuading the public that online auctions are a better proposition ...

Financeit announces $US17m round led by The Pritzker Organization

10th October 2016

Canadian fintech firm Financeit announces $US17m investment for its recently announced acquisition of TD Bank Group’s indirect home improvement financing unit.   Financeit, a leading ...

Design tools for dummies are attracting big-name backers, but can the crowd invest?

7th October 2016

Graphic design platforms have experienced huge growth and VC’s are falling over themselves to back startups with potential. The platforms that make it easy for anyone to create their own websites, ...

Restaurants, food, and beverage - an outperforming sector for equity crowdfunding?

30th September 2016

In its recent portfolio update, Seedrs reported that food and beverage (F&B) is its most popular and best-performing sector with a 22.77 per cent non-tax-adjusted IRR.    In light of ...

RateSetter returns £50m to investors without dropping a penny

23rd September 2016

RateSetter reports that investors have pocketed more than £50m in interest since the platform launched in 2010. It says investors have earned an average rate of 4.7 per cent on their money.   RateSetter ...

Incubators and accelerators – an accessible route into tech equity investment

22nd September 2016

Accelerators are a fairly new player in the startup ecosystem but their growth and an infinite supply of budding tech entrepreneurs mean that these types of funds will become more and more common on equity ...

Upfront Car Finance gets backing from UK Bond Network

19th September 2016

Upfront Car Finance plc, a specialist vehicle finance provider for Uber drivers, has secured £3.5m of funding from peer-to-peer bond platform UK Bond Network.   Upfront is a driver-centric, ...

Is Robo-advice the next step in the evolution of asset management?

9th September 2016

Investors see potential in Robo-advise services and rush in to fund the fintech that is expected to be mainstream in the next three-to-five years.   This week robo-advice startup, RiskSave ...

Investors unsure how best to save since the EU referendum

7th September 2016

Three months after the EU referendum, one in three UK investors claims the outcome of the vote has put them off investing - according to research commissioned by peer-to-peer lender ThinCats.   The ...

Is property a better bet than a pension?

2nd September 2016

Investing in property is a better bet than a pension, according to Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England. Haldane courted controversy again this week by stating that investing in ...

Three startup equity crowdfunding campaigns with disruptive ambition

26th August 2016

Deep in the midst of the holiday season, with offices running a skeleton staff and emails  bouncing back with out-of-office replies, Lisa Walls-Hester still finds a steady supply of interesting equity crowdfunding campaigns ...

Fine art investment for the ‘not so’ filthy rich

20th August 2016

Ever wanted to own a Jackson Pollock or vintage Porsche? Well, you can stop dreaming because a new platform, Shares.com, is planning to bring this assets class to retail investors.   Anyone ...

BrewDog taps the crowd for $50m to funds its US expansion

19th August 2016

The Scottish craft beer producer is looking across the pond to further expand its growing empire.   BrewDog has turned to the crowd (again) to fund its latest expansion plans, but his time it ...

Who should investors back in the £5.3bn equity investment industry?

10th August 2016

For investors who want to own a share in the alternative finance sector, there has been no end of opportunity this year as equity crowdfunding platforms line up to raise finance.   Crowdcube, ...

TradeRiver Finance reaches milestone of lending £100m to UK Business

8th August 2016

TradeRiver Finance has reached a significant milestone, lending £100m to high growth SME businesses in the UK.   TradeRiver Finance has provided trade credit for 1,600 separate transactions ...

Reinventure Group announces new fintech fund

4th August 2016

Reinventure Group announces its second fund with a $50m commitment from Westpac Banking Corporation. The new fund will focus on investments in Australia’s growing fintech ecosystem.     The ...

Beauhurst paints a bleak picture for equity investments in 2016

1st August 2016

Beauhurst has released its latest report, The Deal, H1 2016, which provides a review of investment in UK startups and high-growth companies.   Beauhurst tracks the UK’s private high-growth ...

The crowd sees success in WaaS – Website as a service

28th July 2016

In her latest Crowd View column, Lisa Walls-Hester takes a look at MBJ London a company aiming to disrupt the global web industry with its brand new concept of WaaS – website as a service.   MBJ ...

Shenton International launches asset-backed mini bond

20th July 2016

UK investors get the opportunity to invest in real estate projects in Germany, North America and Brazil with the launch of the Shenton International asset-backed mini bond.   Alternative ...

Crowdcube receives £50m in investor commitments

15th July 2016

Crowdcube receives £50m in expressions of interest for its upcoming raise.   Crowdcube will soon become the latest platform to launch its own funding round on its own platform, following ...

Understanding the enterprise finance cycle

14th July 2016

Crowdfunding platforms categorise investment opportunities is several ways, industry sector, region, risk and increasingly we are seeing platforms group investment opportunities by the company’s ...

Crowdcube now internationally regulated in two countries

12th July 2016

Crowdcube is now internationally regulated in two countries, by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom and by the CNMV in Spain.   The platform announced ...

The Different Business Models of Crowdfunding

8th July 2016

Crowdfunding is the practice of financing a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a lot of people. It allows innovators, entrepreneurs and business owners to utilise their social networks ...

AIM-listed Fitbug taps the crowd for funds via SyndicateRoom

8th July 2016

SyndicateRoom is offering retail investors the chance to take part in a £2.6m fundraise for the AIM-listed wearable tech company, Fitbug.   Fitbug is the second publicly listed company ...

Invesdor scores €1.2m to grab a slice of the established UK equity crowdfunding market

1st July 2016

Competition grows in the equity crowdfunding space as Invesdor, the fintech pioneer from Finland, closes a fund raise scoring €1.2m to finance its expansion in the UK market.   Invesdor ...

Disruptive Peer-to-Peer lending platform JustUs is born

30th June 2016

JustUs, a peer-to-peer lending platform has launched today with an accompanying equity crowdfunding raise on Crowdcube. The platform intends to raise a total of £5.3m, £1m is the target ...

Platform Preview - Seedrs

24th June 2016

Seedrs was recently named the most active investor in private companies in the UK in a report from independent research firm Beauhurst. The report, The Deal 2015/16, also showed that the platform has over ...

ABF Says P2P Loans Top Match, but Traditional Funding Lines Still Popular

22nd June 2016

As Alternative Business Funding (ABF) launches its commercial model, it has released data finding that shows P2P term loans received the most matches to an SME, but traditional funding methods made ...

Assetz Capital Launches New Property Investment Products

22nd June 2016

Assetz Capital has announced a working relationship with new broker platform, Fundbay.co.uk, and has launched several new specialist commercial loan products through it.   Assetz Capital has ...

When The Crowd and The Venture Capitalist Collide

15th June 2016

The sceptics said equity crowdfunding would be a short-term event, a gap filler until the finance industry bounced back after the recession. Yet we have seen big name backers enter the arena1 and now this ...

SyndicateRoom Launches New EIS Tracker Product

10th June 2016

SyndicateRoom has launched a new Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund designed to bring a portfolio approach to investment in early stage companies.   Fund Twenty8 was developed and named ...

Equity Crowdfunding: Is It Time To Show Investors the Door?

6th June 2016

The biggest turn off for investors in equity crowdfunding is the length of time the money is tied up. Most crowdfunding campaigns estimate a ‘return’ or ‘exit point’ for investors ...

Platform Preview - SyndicateRoom

6th June 2016

SyndicateRoom recently closed its latest funding round which drew in £3.1 million to fund its ambitious expansion policy. It plans to double its team from the current 22 members and focus on providing ...

Debt, Equity and Dilution: What Investors Should Know

6th June 2016

Companies need cash to grow. Internal sources of working capital are usually only enough to sustain existing business operations so directors need to seek outside sources of capital to expand the business.   External ...

WiseAlpha Raises £594,000 on Crowdcube to Compete in Marketplace Lending Space

6th June 2016

WiseAlpha, a new online lending marketplace that enables investors to lend to larger British businesses than existing peer-to-peer lending platforms, has just raised £594,000 from the crowd.   The ...

Understanding Asset-Based Lending

27th May 2016

We lend money with a reasonable expectation that we will get it back, otherwise, it would be a called a gift right?   To secure the chances of us getting our money back we can ‘hold’ ...

SyndicateRoom secures over £3 million to pursue growth in equity capital markets

25th May 2016

SyndicateRoom has completed its series A funding round, raising £3.1million.   The round oversubscribed, exceeding its original target of £2.3 million (at a valuation of £25million) ...

HMRC Set To Publish More Investor Statistics

20th May 2016

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) produce a quarterly official statistics publication that gives information on the number of companies raising funds, the number of subscriptions and amounts raised through ...

Financial Industry Is Being Damaged Because Providers Use Jargon – Says Bank of England’s Chief Economist

20th May 2016

A speech made by the Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, this week is getting a lot of press attention because he admitted that he didn’t understand pension products. Haldane ...

Old School City Investment Club Connects with P2P Lenders to Leverage The Crowd

13th May 2016

Offline platform, The Route – Finance, part of The Route - City wealth club, is working with Peer-2-Peer (P2P) lending platforms, to develop its brand and bring its lending proposition to retail ...

How Sophisticated Are You?

12th May 2016

When we sign up to a platform we are tracked and packed and labelled. This is because some alternative finance platforms are obligated to determine an investor’s level of knowledge, investing experience ...

Diversification demystified

4th May 2016

Businesses fail. Start-ups and small businesses are the most at risk from failure and according to the Office for National Statistics, 50-70 percent of all new enterprises set up in the U.K. fail within ...

New innovative online investment platform raises funds on Crowdcube

4th May 2016

WiseAlpha is a new online platform that allows ordinary investors to invest in secured corporate loans to blue-chip British companies. The platform will deliver yields of 4 to 8 percent, via structures ...

Crowd Due Diligence – Do Crowdfunded Companies Have a Better Chance of Survival?

3rd May 2016

Investors now have access to a wider variety of investments than at any other time in history; the rise of the alternative finance industry has democratized investment opportunity meaning that unquoted ...

Mondo raised £1 million in 96 Seconds, good opportunity or marketing masterclass?

25th April 2016

Recently we saw the first crowdfunded bank, Mondo, break another record and become the fastest crowdfunding campaign to date.  Was this an unbelievably good deal for investors or just a cleverly managed ...