In the news - 19.02.16

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

Banks behind a quarter of loans on peer-to-peer websites

Banks now account for a quarter of the lending on peer-to-peer websites that connect investors directly with borrowers, in a sign that the UK's £3.2bn alternative finance market is going mainstream. (FT)

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ArchOver provides record £2.3 million in working capital loan

ArchOver, a peer to peer or “B2B crowdlending platform”, has facilitated a sizable £2.3 million loan to provide working capital to Duradiamond. The deal is stated to be a record-breaking amount for not just the online lender but for the industry as a whole. (Crowdfund Insider)

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Zoopla invests in Landbay

Online peer-to-peer (P2P) mortgage lender Landbay today announces that it has received investment from FTSE 250 company Zoopla Property Group (ZPG). In addition, the two proptech platforms will enter into a long term strategic partnership which is due to launch in the summer months. (Money Market UK)

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Online P2P lenders eye high street move

Online peer-to-peer lenders are eyeing moves into physical bricks and mortar as the industry seeks to broaden its customer base to take on the UK’s high street mortgage providers. (FT)

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Peer-to-peer platforms race to obtain authorisation before ISA season

Peer-to-peer lending platforms hoping to offer the new Innovative Finance Isa are in a race against time to obtain authorisation from the City regulator before the new tax year begins. (FT)

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$1M for alternative finance research

The University of Cambridge has secured $1m (£700k) to further its research into alternative forms of finance, including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. (Insider Media Limited)

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RateSetter to launch first P2P ISA

Peer-to-peer lending company RateSetter has now set out the terms of its P2P ISA product, the first of its kind, allowing investors to earn solid interest rates on up to £15,240, without paying tax. (Money Expert)

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Seedrs hits £100 million invested in early-stage and growth

Seedrs, the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform, today announced it has had more than £100 million invested on its platform in early-stage and growth focused businesses since it launched in July 2012. (Mondo Visione)

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