In the news - 25.09.15

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

Ablrate exceeds £3 million in funded loans

Ablrate, a pioneering peer-to-peer lending platform that is the first in the world to offer investors access to asset-backed loans against aircraft transactions, has announced that it has completed over £3 million in funded loans. Ablrate broke through £3 million in funded loans just over a year since official launch, with £1 million being completed in the last six weeks. (PRWeb)

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GLI Fund Launches

The long-awaited GLI Alternative Finance fund has launched, with a market cap of £52.66m. The majority of that total is comprised of a £40.27m portfolio of GLI loans that have transferred into shares in the fund. £12.4m of fresh capital has been raised via the London Stock Exchange listing (LSE). (AltFi)

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Ratesetter doubles sales as it targets listing

Ratesetter, a British peer-to-peer lender backed by the star fund manager Neil Woodford, has more than doubled revenues in the space of a year. (The Telegraph)

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New bank Fidor offers interest rates linked to Facebook likes

New bank Fidor has launched in the UK and it's promising a very different type of banking experience that's built around its online community. For example, Fidor is offering interest rates linked to Facebook likes and cash rewards for answering other customers’ personal finance questions. (BT)

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Rating agency seeks to cut out noise around crowdfunding

The fast-expanding equity crowdfunding sector is aiming to add a professional sheen to its investor offering with a new rating agency that will assess every company raising money on the three biggest UK platforms. (FT)

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Banks face losing market share to digital services

Banks in Europe risk losing out on €22bn of revenues to big technology groups that threaten to disrupt the retail payments sector with slick digital services. The payments market is expected to be worth €128bn to European banks this year, and is forecast to grow to €139bn by 2030, which is €22bn less than it would have been because of technology disruption, according to advisory firm Deloitte. (FT)

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UK FinTech investment dwarfs the rest of Europe

The figures are very impressive: over 10 per cent of global investment in FinTech has been made into UK-based companies. In fact, the UK’s investment is more than the rest of Europe combined. The figure is higher even than China’s or India’s investments, which, if combined, would only just be more than the amount invested into the UK. (PaymentEye)

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Small firms are owed billions in late payments and the figure is climbing

The problem of late payments that is straining the finances of many of the UK’s smaller firms is getting worse, according to new figures. British small and medium-sized enterprises are owed £67.4bn in unpaid invoices, up eight per cent from this time last year, according to the Asset Based Finance Association. (City AM)

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