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All Alt Credit Opinion Articles


Funding Circle chief steps back from investment trust

19th May 2017 Daniel Lanyon

The firm’s CEO Samir Desai is will no longer be a director of the Funding Circle SME Income Fund.      Samir Desai is standing down as a director of the £305m Funding ...

Peer-to-peer lending and direct loan funds: The new face of the hedge fund industry

16th May 2017 James Hedges

Let’s be candid. The hedge fund landscape is a wreck. Mediocre performance for years. Heavy fee burdens. Limited disclosure.  No real asset flows in years (except for performance increases). ...

Seizing the opportunity: How innovation and economic uncertainty can reshape supply chain finance

5th April 2017 Tony Duggan

    As Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to pull the trigger on one of the most momentous political decisions in recent history, investors across the globe are set to prepare themselves ...

What blockchain can do for p2p lending platforms

10th March 2017 Guy Halford-Thompson

    The peer to peer (P2P) lending industry is fast expanding, but most of the platforms available today are not being built using blockchain technology.   Industries which have ...

The income opportunities in alternative credit

8th March 2017

Goji's David Beacham reveals why financial intermediaries as well as institutional investors are increasingly paying attention to the fast growing alternative credit universe.     Last ...

SQN poised to take over the SME Loan Fund

21st February 2017 Daniel Lanyon

The alternative credit investment trust is considering several new proposals to shake up its ownership and management structure.     The SME Loan Fund plc is in discussions with New ...

Private debt eyes up real estate finance

10th February 2017 Nicolas Campiche

Nicolas Campiche, chief executive officer of Pictet Alternative Advisors, reveals why real estate debt may be a bright spot of alternative credit amid an uncertain market in 2017.     Amid ...

Mass customisation is the future of investing

10th February 2017 Adam French

The founder and CEO of robo advice platform Scalable Capital reveals what he thinks is the future of wealth management.     From the shoes on your feet to your daily caffeine shot, many ...

How to Diversify your Alternative Credit Portfolio

26th January 2017 Josh Matthews

Maseco's Josh Matthews  reveals why investors in Alternative Credit funds should condsider diversification as a key maxim in their investment strategy.       Diversification ...

Value creation in private equity

20th January 2017 Andrew Lebus

Fintech investor Pantheon's Andrew Lebus reveals why unlisted eqity can add alpha over the long term.    One of the much touted benefits of investing in private equity was its low correlation ...

The important trends for funds in the Alternative Credit market in 2017

5th January 2017 Gabriella Kindert

NN IP’s head of alternative credit Gabriella Kindert reveals her key predictions for the alternative lending space in 2017.     Connectivity and interdependence have increased ...

P2P platforms and the FCA are increasingly well aligned on disclosure

12th December 2016 Rupert Taylor

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

Luxembourg secured lending funds: An attractive alternative to traditional fixed income for wealth managers

28th November 2016 James Levy

It is remarkable...what a change of temper a fixed income will bring about" Virginia Woolf, A Room of One´s Own   Though few who practice our trade will admit it publicly, the wealth ...

The fintech/altfi trade-off facing Phillip Hammond ahead of the Autumn Statement

23rd November 2016 Daniel Lanyon

Today’s Autumn Statement will be the Chancellor’s first major moment and the UK’s first budget event since Brexit but will he favour the disruptors or the big banks, asks Daniel Lanyon.     The ...

Inflation will continue to rise, warns Nutmeg

18th October 2016 Daniel Lanyon

The chief investment officer of the leading robo-advisor platform Nutmeg thinks inflation will tick up to 2.5 per cent next year.      Investors should consider greater exposure ...

Having a lending criteria is essential and the 5 C’s of lending are a great starting point

13th October 2016 Josh Matthews

In the next installment of a series of articles MASECO Asset Management's fund architect, Josh Matthews, explains how investors can gauge alternative credit instruments.      Whilst ...

When will a large number of retail investors have p2p lending exposure in their portfolios... perhaps they already do?

12th October 2016 Daniel Lanyon

Many theories are touted as to what will prompt the "inevitable" wall of retail money into the p2p market but critics should note many retail investors already have exposure whether they know ...

PIMCO: The Future of Lending

10th October 2016 Joshua Anderson

PIMCO’s Joshua Anderson, the portfolio manager who oversees the firm’s European opportunistic investments across public and private mortgage, real estate and specialty finance markets explains ...

Everyday Investors Should Avoid Alternative Investments

14th September 2016 Steven Podnos

Investors and investment advisors alike are bombarded with information about the benefits of alternative investments, or "alts." Because these investments tend not to correlate with the stock ...

QE - when the solution becomes a problem...

13th September 2016

Neil Williams, group chief economist at Hermes Investment Management, warns that the global ‘splint’ of QE will continue to be used to hold up asset prices, as central banks dare not lift the ...

Paving the way for institutional investment in the alternative finance sector

12th September 2016 Andrew Whelan

Andrew Whelan, chief executive officer of GLI Finance reveals why the scene is set for more institutional demand for alternative finance.   The latest economic data has baffled the Brexit naysayers ...

Pantheon: Plenty of opportunities in fintech and P2P despite Lending Club’s woes

19th August 2016 Daniel Lanyon

Alex Scott of private equity firm Pantheon International is undeterred from the opportunities in fintech and marketplace lending despite the setback seen in the past three months.     Fintech ...

Why the opportunity in alternative credit is far broader than just p2p

18th August 2016 Josh Matthews

In the first of a series of articles Maseco Asset Management's Josh Matthews reveals why he thinks investors should look beyond p2p and marketplace lending for exposure to higher yielding 'alternative ...

When will private banks offer marketplace lending investments?

17th August 2016 James Levy

James Levy, founder of Clearwater Private Investment, argues there are several benefits to P2P and marketplace lending that institutional investors should take note of.    A recent ...

FSCS protection would be spark that ignites crowdfunding and p2p lending growth – and finally levels playing field with banks

10th August 2016 Richard Wheat

MRM's Richard Wheat believes recent proposals by the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), could be catalyst for explosive growth in the alternative finance sector.    Recent ...

What does a drop in interest rates mean for SME P2P lenders?

8th August 2016 Kevin Caley

Kevin Caley, founder and chairman of ThinCats reveals how he believes lower interest rates will impact p2p lending.   Last week marked a historic day for the UK economy. The Bank of England ...

Where to invest in an increasingly uncertain world? Litigation, of course!

2nd August 2016 Edward Truant

    As central banks head toward negative interest rates, the geo-political environment becomes increasingly unstable - witness Brexit, ‘President’ Trump and Turkey in lock-down ...

Global litigation finance: a bright spot in the gloomy marketplace lending picture

29th July 2016 Gary Chodes

eDiscovery and litigation finance are now disrupting the legal sector, similarly to fintech.   In the US, recent slowdowns in loan originations at large consumer marketplace lenders (e.g. Lending ...

Star fund of funds manager Craig: Why I am buying alternative credit funds but avoiding P2P

21st July 2016 Daniel Lanyon

The head of Old Mutual Global Investors’ Cirilium range of fund of funds has been buying up newly launched investment trusts in the nascent alternative credit space.   The likes of the ...

Why investors should scoop up discounted P2P funds before putting cash into platforms

5th July 2016 Daniel Lanyon

There is plenty of negative noise around P2P/marketplace lending at the moment that appears to be behind loan volumes failing to meet the stellar growth rates of recent years as well as prompting institutional ...

Brexit: a time of opportunity for alternative finance providers?

4th July 2016 Nick Stainthorpe

By Nick Stainthorpe, Partner, Reed Smith LLP    The UK referendum has caused uncertainty in the financial services industry, but what does it mean for alternative capital providers? And ...

P2P/marketplace lending should outperform in a downturn, says Polar Capital's Brind

27th June 2016 Daniel Lanyon

The manager of the Polar Capital Income Opportunities fund owns P2P and marketplace lending exposure instead of regular credit as he thinks it could stand up better in a prolonged period of down market ...

EXCLUSIVE: My fund can gain from platforms market turmoil, says P2P Gl’s Simon Champ

17th June 2016 Daniel Lanyon

It has been a tough month for investors in P2P and direct lending trusts in terms of market sentiment but the outlook is stronger than ever for closed-ended funds in the space, argues Eaglewood’s ...

Forget Lending Club, there’s a buying opportunity in the likes of P2P GI and VPC investment trusts, says Cantor’s Tepes

31st May 2016 Daniel Lanyon

Marketplace lending trusts have had a rough ride of late, but this has only served to make them more attractive according to Cantor Fitzgerald’s Monica Tepes.   Investors should treat ...

“It’s the known unknowns that are creating all the problems”: GLIF’s Whelan thinks Marketplace Lending Trusts’ Discounts Will Narrow

24th May 2016 Daniel Lanyon

The CEO of GLI Finance reveals why he thinks marketplace lending trusts have seen a hit in sentiment in 2016 but also why this should not last.   Investors in marketplace lending investment ...