In the news - 04.12.15

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

Funding Circle launches first P2P investment trust

Funding Circle, one of the UK’s biggest peer-to-peer loan providers, has become the first platform to launch its own investment trust. The Funding Circle SME Income fund listed on the London Stock Exchange on Monday after raising £150m from a group of institutional investors and will focus on loans to small businesses in the UK, US and Europe. (FT)

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Peer-to-peer lender LendInvest on track to back £1bn of new properties by 2016


Peer-to-peer (P2P) property lending and investment firm LendInvest said it has doubled the number of properties it has supplied finance to over the last year, as developers scramble to keep up with demand for more homes. (City A.M.)

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ArchOver breaks through £10m loans barrier


ArchOver, the UK's fastest-growing B2B crowdlending platform that is unique in using credit insurance to safeguard lenders against possible default, has passed the £10m landmark figure for total loans advanced to business borrowers. ArchOver opened its doors for business just over a year ago. (The Economic Voice)

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How to overcome the SME AltFi knowledge gap


Conrad Ford, founder and chief executive of Funding Options, looks at how to overcome the SME knowledge gap when it comes to Alternative Finance in City A.M. (City A.M.)

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Funding for Lending extended. GLI Finance says program does not solve the problem

GLI Finance were quick to highlight the need for SMEs to be made more aware of AltFi following the latest FLS figures: “The latest figures released by the Bank of England highlight that SMEs are not getting access to the finance they need to thrive. The scheme has failed in its aim to encourage more SMEs to consider alternative finance as a way to meet their needs." (Crowdfund Insider)

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Fintech firm named fastest growing UK technology company


WorldRemit has been crowned the UK's fastest growing tech company, having achieved an average four-year revenue growth rate of 20,385%. (CBR)

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Autumn Statement 2015: Innovative Finance ISA extended


In his latest Autumn Statement, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has announced that the list of qualifying investments for the new Innovative Finance ISA will be extended in autumn 2016 to include debt securities, or loans, offered via crowdfunding platforms. (Money Observer)

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JPMorgan plans push into marketplace-lending sector


JPMorgan Chase is tying up with OnDeck Capital, one of the biggest of the specialist online lenders, in a blurring of the boundaries between the old and new worlds of finance. (FT)

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