In the news - 05.02.16

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

FCA to ban commission for Innovative Finance ISA advice

Consumers looking to use the incoming Innovative Finance ISA for certain peer-to-peer lending agreements should receive information on issues including the potential tax disadvantages of the loan not being repaid, the FCA has proposed. As part of its proposals, the FCA will look to apply rules banning the payment or receipt of commission by firms in relation to recommendations involving advice on P2P agreements. (FT Adviser)

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URICA partners with Shop and Display Equipment Association 

Global payments network URICA has announced a new partnership with Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA). “I’ve been on a mission to help members with late payment since our research revealed late last year that members’ clients were getting slower to pay and this was adversely affecting their cash flow." SDEA director Lawrence Cutler. (Housewares Live)

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SME lending grows for first time since financial crisis

Lending to small and medium-sized businesses in the UK is growing for the first time since the recession, but many outside the south-east remain starved of equity finance, a comprehensive annual survey has found. (FT)

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Peer-to-peer finance platform Assetz Capital secures £525m to be lent to UK SMEs

Peer-to-peer finance platform Assetz Capital has today announced that it has secured £525million to be lent to UK small and medium-sized enterprises in the next few months after securing funding from institutional investors. (This is Money)

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P2P loans in UK break through £2 billion barrier in 2015

The peer-to-peer lending industry lent more than £2.2 billion in 2015 according to new figures released today from the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). The sector has now lent £4.4 billion in total, doubling in size since the end of 2014. In the final quarter of 2015, P2PFA members provided just under £660 million in new lending. (Finextra)

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Increase in authorised e-money providers highlights boom in UK FinTech sector

The number of registered e-money providers has more than doubled in the last two years, signalling the growth of the UK’s FinTech sector. According to Bovill, a specialist financial services regulatory consultancy, there has been a significant increase in the number of e-money providers registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Seventy nine businesses, the firm said, are now authorised by the FCA, in comparison to just 38 in 2013. (Tech City News)

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