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Rupert Taylor


Rupert is well positioned to provide context for the peer to peer sector.  With over 13 years of investment banking experience, initially in institutional equities before moving into principal trading, he has a broad understanding of a range of asset classes and a proven ability to generate returns.  Aswell as being a founder of AltFi Rupert is CEO of AltFi Data. 

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Articles by Rupert Taylor

P2P platforms and the FCA are increasingly well aligned on disclosure

12th December 2016

Last week’s ‘interim feedback’ from the FCA’s post-implementation review into crowdfunding regulation contained some alarming looking statements relating to disclosure.    “We ...

"Where Are They Now" report on crowdfunding released

8th November 2016

Before the age of the internet gave rise to equity crowdfunding, equity in fast-growing young companies was difficult, if not impossible, for most investors to access. The outsized gains available had ...

PeerStreet brings ‘The Big Short’ pedigree to US bridge funding

11th August 2016

PeerStreet – the marketplace for investing in US real estate loans – blasted through $100m in ‘funded loan investments’ last week. After a formal launch in October 2015 the signs ...

Understanding of risk remains a central issue for P2P industry

5th August 2016

The ongoing governmental tension relating to marketplace lending has been revealed again – this time in a letter. Andrew Tyrie, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, has written to the outgoing ...

Dear Treasury Select Committee, please think very carefully before asking for skin in the P2P game

25th July 2016

Chris Philp MP made a suggestion in last week’s treasury select committee that will chill the blood of the largest UK P2P lending platforms. These platforms have to date originated over ...

Equity Crowdfunding arms race continues…UPDATE*

24th May 2016

* = Article updated in the light of some clarifications and with the addition of a quote from Seedrs.    Last week saw the publication of a report from research company Beauhurst.  ...

Lending Club spotlight – Degrees of transparency and the importance of corporate culture

16th May 2016

Much has been written about the recent travails of the US marketplace lending sector.  The commentary has broadly reflected the vested interests of the various camps.  To disruptors this is: ...

LAFDI Market Report – ONDK leads further pounding

6th May 2016

The LAFDI took a pounding as global capital markets digested OnDeck Capital’s disastrous results. After the bad PR generated earlier in the year by Prosper’s very public falling out with Citigroup ...

Marketplace lending funds represent good value - would a benchmark help to illustrate this?

4th May 2016

Stock markets have undergone a significant change of heart with respect to the value they ascribe to listed marketplace lending funds.  In the months after the float of P2PGI, its shares traded at ...

LAFDI market report - Calm after the storm

11th March 2016

After last weeks huge rally this week the LAFDI re-traced about 1/5th of last weeks absolute gain.  After seeing 20 of the index’s 32 constituents post gains of over 5% last week this week saw ...

Subsidised Capital! But only for the banks…

11th March 2016

What does TLTRO mean for P2P? Confused about the meaning of TLTRO?  Don’t worry – so were markets.  European stock markets and the euro endured wild swings on Thursday as investors ...

Landbay: Convertible Triggered

8th March 2016

As well as achieving record-breaking volume growth secured property lender Landbay is also delivering value creation and product innovation as an issuer in the equity crowd funding space. As reported at ...

LAFDI market report - Huge rebound for the LAFDI

4th March 2016

After a long period of absolute declines, coupled with material under-performance, the LAFDI rebounded spectacularly this week.  The recovery was broad-based with only 3 decliners out of 36 index ...

The Crowd Loves An Idea, But They Hate Playing The Odds

2nd March 2016

Investment wisdom tells us that valuation is the single most important consideration when choosing an equity investment.  The world is an uncertain place - even more so in the world of business.  ...

LAFDI market report - LAFDI remains under a cloud

26th February 2016

Whilst having been more volatile, at least recent moves in the LAFDI have had the same sign as wider markets. Not this week – as wider markets continued to recover the LAFDI registered another down ...

LAFDI market report - After a pounding LAFDI bounces hard

19th February 2016

The LAFDI remains a high beta play on markets – bouncing hard as markets finally re-gained their poise.           Weekly return LAFDI 8.95% MSCI ...

Zopa Drops its 'Guard...

18th February 2016

Zopa has announced the launch of a new suite of products for investors offering lenders a greater range of risk and return profiles. Ahead of the launch of the Innovative Finance ISA, Zopa will replace ...

Why can nobody agree on UK Equity Crowdfunding volumes?

18th February 2016

Last week Seedrs made an impressive announcement. It’s worth repeating their exact claim because the wording is important: “As the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform, we ...

Zoopla Takes Equity Stake In Landbay To Cement ‘Proptech’ Partnership

16th February 2016

Zoopla, FTSE 250 owner of UK property search portals, has today announced a series of investments into the UK ‘proptech’ sector.  Whilst the exact terms and individual amounts are undisclosed ...

SME Lender GLIF Updates On Strategic Review

16th February 2016

Also announces interim CEO Andy Whelan has been made permanent boss of Guernsey based lender.   Channel Islands based GLIF – which owns stakes in a huge range of alternative finance platforms ...

LAFDI market report - LAFDI remains under pressure

12th February 2016

The LAFDI remains under a cloud with another awful performance in both absolute and relative terms.           Weekly return LAFDI -7.69% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - LAFDI can't quite keep up

5th February 2016

The LAFDI at last re-bounded but still failed to keep pace with the wider market         Weekly return LAFDI 0.95% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Malaise Continues

29th January 2016

The LAFDI underperformed yet again falling even as global equity markets recovered their poise.  Meanwhile volatility remained elevated with a significant weekly moves seen in many index constituents. ...

Roll up roll up… Equity risk for sale offering bond like returns!

26th January 2016

There is nothing wrong with mini-bonds in theory.  In fact they could prove to be perfectly designed to satisfy a yawning gap in the investment landscape.  At present opportunities for the retail ...

LAFDI market report - Fear of the Unknown

22nd January 2016

The LAFDI underperformed yet again delivering an even worse performance than global equities.        Weekly return LAFDI -4.40% MSCI ...

Wellesley mini-bond Series 2 – Would investors be better off investing on the platform directly?

22nd January 2016

Wellesley Finance Plc has closed Series 1 of its corporate mini-bond – the Wellesley Mini-Bond – which is one of the largest ever on the UK market, having raised £25m since its launch ...

Wellesley mini-bond hits £25 million ahead of schedule – launches series 2…

18th January 2016

Wellesley Finance Plc has closed Series 1 of its corporate mini-bond – the Wellesley Mini-Bond – which is one of the largest ever on the UK market, having raised £25m since its launch ...

Punks Beware!

18th January 2016

Brewdog want to sell you great beer. But they have little interest in delivering you a financial return on your investment.      Whilst the use of such colourful language is a first ...

LAFDI market report - Crowd Crash

15th January 2016

The LAFDI took a pounding this week and sharply under-performed global equity markets.  Whilst it is notable that many financials have been weak, with specialty financials a notable under-performer, ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 8th January

8th January 2016

This week we outline both the one week LAFDI performance as well as the 4 week statistics that encompass the holiday interrupted period since the last update.            Four ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 18th December

18th December 2015

        Weekly return LAFDI -3.56% MSCI World 0.29% Top ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 11th December

11th December 2015

        Weekly return LAFDI -1.89% MSCI World -0.83% Top ...

Picking your pocket? Pocket Land is back for more with a £1.25m-£2.5m Mini-bond

8th December 2015

Crowdcube’s remarkable mini-bond success looks set to continue.  With 40 days left to run, and after only listing last week, they have raised c.£127,000 into another round of a Pocket ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 4th December

4th December 2015

        Weekly return LAFDI 1.06% MSCI World -2.75% Top ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 27th November

27th November 2015

In the same vein as the previous week LAFDI constituents experienced sharply divergent fortunes this week.  This time however the LAFDI achieved a small outperformance versus the wider market.          Weekly ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 20th November

20th November 2015

        Weekly return LAFDI -0.07% MSCI World 1.78% Top ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 13th November

13th November 2015

The LAFDI managed some outperformance in a tough week for global equities.           Weekly return LAFDI -1.60% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 6th November

6th November 2015

The LAFDI delivered another sliver of outperformance this week.           Weekly return LAFDI 0.44% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 30th October

30th October 2015

The LAFDI managed to deliver some outperformance after a soft couple of weeks.           Weekly return LAFDI -0.08% MSCI ...

What sort of track record should an investor look for in a crowdfunding platform?

23rd October 2015

This week’s crowdview implores investors not to consider the merits of an investment campaign in isolation….   Earlier this month SyndicateRoom made an announcement that was highly ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 23rd October

23rd October 2015

The LAFDI endured another week of moderate under-performance.         Weekly return LAFDI -0.63% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 16th October

16th October 2015

        Weekly return LAFDI -0.97% MSCI World 0.75% Top ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 9th October

9th October 2015

The LAFDI boomed last week and also clawed back some of last week’s under-performance.        Weekly return LAFDI 6.41% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 2nd October

2nd October 2015

  The LAFDI took a pounding this week in a relatively calm week for global equity markets.           Weekly return LAFDI -3.07% MSCI ...

Rest Easy Crowdfunders

17th September 2015

For this edition of Crowdview I have headed over to Syndicate Room.    Syndicate Room does not perhaps have the profile of Crowdcube but as an investor seeking sound investment opportunities, ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 11th September

11th September 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors gave back some of the recent relative gains that it has made against global equities – underperforming this week by 1.13%.       Weekly ...

Hargreaves Lansdown to launch their own P2P lending platform

11th September 2015

Hargreaves Lansdowne has confirmed plans that it will build its own P2P lending platform.  Rumours began in December 2014 and were fuelled in early 2015 when Chief Executive Ian Gorham made positive ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 4th September

4th September 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors again out-performed in a tough week for global equity markets       Weekly return LAFDI -0.64% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 28th August

28th August 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index out-performed in a tumultuous week for global equitiy markets, however it still suffered in absolute terms.  .       Weekly ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 21st August

21st August 2015

After solid recent performance this week the LAFDI gave back some of its recent gains.       Weekly return LAFDI -3.82% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 14th August

14th August 2015

There were some extremely strong moves amongst a number of Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index constituents this week resulting in a solid out-performance of wider equity markets.  .   ...

P2P Global Investments deal closes early on ‘very strong’ demand

23rd July 2015

AltFi understands that the P2P GI’s latest capital raise will close early today at the full planned size amidst ‘very strong’ demand.  After initially announcing an issue of in excess ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 17th July

17th July 2015

Whilst rallying strongly the Liberum AltFi Disruptors Index still could not keep pace with a buoyant global equity market..          Weekly return LAFDI 1.69% MSCI ...

Weighing Up Crowdfunding Returns

14th July 2015

The news of the first ever UK Crowdfunding exit this week has made some recent analysis by AltFi data all the more interesting.  Whilst we don’t know exactly what return the lucky investors ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 10th July

10th July 2015

The Liberum AltFi Disruptors Index under performed a very weak global equity market last week.          Weekly return LAFDI -2.85% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 3rd July

3rd July 2015

The Liberum AltFi Disruptors Index registered a small out-performance versus a weak global equity market this week.          Weekly return LAFDI -1.74% MSCI ...

P2P GI Prospectus Points Towards Exciting Equity Exposures

1st July 2015

P2P Global Investments yesterday published a prospectus confirming their intention to issue new C shares as initially announced on the 18th of June.   As we explained a few weeks ago, Existing ...

Funding Circle may indeed have a horn

25th June 2015

Funding Circle has thus far reacted with graceful discretion to numerous reports, all un-substantiated, that the company has achieved the coveted ‘Unicorn’ status – Silicon Valley speak ...

FundWatch: GLI Alternative Finance PLC – GLI AF

25th June 2015

GLI Finance Ltd has now confirmed plans to launch a closed end fund (CEF), listed on the LSE, to invest in SME loan assets.  Below we review this latest planned new entrant to the space for this edition ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 19th June

19th June 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index registered a small out-performance versus a subdued global equity market this week.  .         Weekly ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 12th June

12th June 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index registered a small under-performance versus global equities over the last week.         Weekly return LAFDI -0.22% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 5th June

5th June 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index notched up another week of small relative out-performance, with returns just staying in positive territory.         Weekly ...

Comparing the Big Three – What effect is institutional involvement having on Gross Lending rates?

4th June 2015

Our recent article ‘a dive into the Loan Books of Zopa, Funding Circle and RateSetter’ highlighted that one of the factors affecting the changing nature of the loan books of the big three has ...

Death to the Fat Cats? If Brew Dog represents the future then lets hope not…

2nd June 2015

Here at AltFi we feel happy to be on the right side of a new wave of more equitable finance.   We want to support small and exciting businesses - particularly those that are prepared to innovate ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 29th May

29th May 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index eked out a positive return this week with a little over 1% out-performance versus global equities.      .     Weekly ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 22nd May

22nd May 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index had a very poor week, under-performing by 2.75%.      Weekly return LAFDI -2.25% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 8th May

8th May 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index struggled this week, both underperforming and falling in absolute terms.     .     Weekly return LAFDI -2.66% MSCI ...

How should an investor compare a mini-bond with a secured loan?

6th May 2015

When the world of alternative finance was broken down into the relatively simple distinctions of ‘equity crowdfunding’ and ‘peer to peer lending’ there was already a bewildering ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 1st May

1st May 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index delivered a solid week of out-performance besting the wider market by just shy of 2%.    .     Weekly return LAFDI 1.18% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 24th April

24th April 2015

The Liberum AltFi Financial Disruptors Index gave back a fraction of last week's out-performance in a quiet week of trading for the index.     Weekly return LAFDI -0.17% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 17th April

17th April 2015

The LAFDI enjoyed a strong week in both absolute and relative terms.  The vast majority of index constituents showed a positive return.  In fact 22 of the 30 index constituents were up on the ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 10th April

10th April 2015

The LAFDI enjoyed a week of moderate gains but failed to keep pace with the wider market.     Weekly return LAFDI 1.08% MSCI ...

Analysing P2P Industry Returns - What are the Correct Comparables? And a note on Volatility…

25th March 2015

Here at AltFi Data we have been extremely excited to launch the first comprehensive industry returns index – the Liberum AltFi Returns Index or LARI.  Inevitably, now that investors ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 20th March

20th March 2015

Whilst stronger in absolute terms the LAFDI could not keep pace with the wider market this week.      Weekly return LAFDI 0.88% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 13th March

13th March 2015

Whilst weaker in absolute terms the LAFDI has delivered a week of impressive out-performance suggesting that investors are perhaps reappraising the sustainability of the sectors performance in an environment ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 27th February

27th February 2015

The LAFDI has underperformed this week with several stocks having very poor weekly performances and pulling down the overall index.   Weekly return LAFDI -1.28% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 20th February

20th February 2015

The LAFDI has delivered another week of impressive out-performance further adding to its recovery after a lackluster start to the year.        Weekly ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 13th February

13th February 2015

The LAFDI delivered another week of out-performance adding to its recent recovery after a poor start to the year.      Weekly return LAFDI 2.26% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 6th February

6th February 2015

The LAFDI delivered some solid out-performance this week exceeding the wider market return by a solid 3.34%.  Whilst not yet allowing it to claw back the under-performance of the past two weeks it ...

LAFDI market report - Friday 30th January

30th January 2015

  The LAFDI has endured another tough week, again underperforming most other equity indices (save Greece!).      Weekly return LAFDI -1.73% MSCI ...

LAFDI market report - week ending Friday 23rd January

23rd January 2015

  The LAFDI had another tough week against a backdrop of broad gains in global equity markets as investors cheered the larger than expected package of QE from the ECB.  Set against this ...

The End of the beginning? The emerging trends that favour the market leaders…

16th December 2014

  Since Zopa invented peer to peer lending in 2005 imitators have been inevitable.  Indeed, of late, barely a week goes by without the news of a new platform launch.  The consensus, ...

How should an investor compare a mini-bond with a secured loan?

17th October 2014

When the world of alternative finance was broken down into the relatively simple distinctions of ‘equity crowdfunding’ and ‘peer to peer lending’ there was already a bewildering ...

Ageing before beauty…

24th July 2014

What impact does the ‘youthfulness’ of the sector’s loan book have on defaults and returns?     Ageing is a wonderful thing.  Truly it is.  Depending slightly ...