In the news - 23.10.15

The Marketing Eye Newsletter

The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

Funding Circle is acquiring Zencap and entering Europe

Funding Circle, the peer-to-peer small business lending platform has acquired Germany’s Zencap, and it is expected to expand through that company to Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands. (ITProPortal)

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Alternative finance boom adds to case for interest rate rise

Rising use of alternative finance by small and medium-sized businesses is a sign that the UK economy is recovering, and sets the scene for interest rates to rise, according to a Bank of England’s Ian McCafferty. (The Telegraph)

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Lack of awareness of alternative forms of finance could hinder potential of EU growth companies

A report published by TheCityUK and EY finds that future European financial stability could be at risk over the long-term because of a lack of sufficient knowledge and awareness about complementary and alternative forms of finance among EU growth companies. (The Economic Voice)

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Innovative Finance ISA to swell P2P market by a third

New research has revealed that 40 per cent of people would consider investing in peer to peer when the Innovation Isa launches next April. (FT Adviser)

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“ArchOver’s secured and insured proposition provides a breath of fresh air in the P2P sector” - Investors Chronicle

ArchOver’s ‘secured and insured’ proposition for investors has been described as a “breath of fresh air in the P2P sector” by the Investors Chronicle, one of The Financial Times’ stable of highly respected professional magazines. (Investors Chronicle)

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P2P lenders told to meet higher standards of transparency

Peer-to-peer lenders will be required to adhere to higher standards of transparency, risk management and governance if they wish to remain members of the national trade association. The Peer to Peer Finance Association on Wednesday published a set of operating principles for its members. (Money Observer)

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We want to see peer-to-peer lending continue to grow and evolve

Harriett Baldwin MP, the Economic Secretary, gave a speech at this week's LendIt Europe Summit on the government’s approach to innovative finance and peer-to-peer lending. (GOV.UK)

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Banks' approach to bitcoin is 'cynical', says an ex-Barclays tech chief

22 of the world's leading investment banks have formed a partnership to look at how the blockchain can be used in traditional banking. But the former head of Barclay's technology division in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa says it is just a "cynical" attempt to try and control the technology. (Business Insider)

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