In the news - 11.09.15

The Marketing Eye Newsletter

The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

New online property investment portal launched

Elevate has launched a new online property investment portal,, which enables investors to trade in residential property online in the same way that you can trade in listed companies. The company says the portal has an easily navigable interface to meet the needs of investors, homebuyers and owners, property developers and intermediaries. (Every Investor)

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P2P providers urged to come clean on fees

Peer-to-peer lending platforms have been accused of hiding some of the costs of investing by analysts who argue they should develop a standard formula for expressing costs and charges. Neil Faulkner, co-founder of 4thWay, a comparison site for peer-to-peer lending, said: “None of the P2P lending websites are fully transparent with lenders about their costs. (FT)

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£4bn+ boom in businesses borrowing against hard assets

Businesses borrowing against their own hard assets, including inventory, plant and machinery and real estate, is growing rapidly, says the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), the body representing the asset based finance industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The ABFA says that an all-time high of £4.2 billion of alternative business finance is now secured against such assets, up 9% on £3.8 billion a year ago. (The Economic Voice)

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Small business lending via NACFB brokers up 31%

Lending levels by new types of business finance such as peer to peer and crowdfunding continued to increase, from last year’s level of £624m up to £847m. (FT Adviser)

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'Four in five peer-to-peer borrowers rejected'

Most businesses or individuals attempting to raise money via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are rejected, according to Giles Andrews, co-founder and executive chairman of P2P lender Zopa. (Express & Star)

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SIPP providers reveal P2P is ripe for mis-selling

Self-invested personal pension providers have warned of the dangers of including peer-to-peer lending products within their wrappers, responding to initial distribution deals being signed in recent months. (FT Adviser)

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Challenger banks complain Osborne tax will put them at ‘disadvantage’

Britain’s challenger banks are warning that payday lenders will have an unfair advantage over them as they do not have to comply with a proposed new bank tax. (FT)

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FLS SME lending increases by 22.5pc

Lending to SMEs using the Funding for Lending scheme increased by 22.5% in Q2 2015 compared to Q2 2014, statistics from the Bank of England show. (Mortgage Introducer)

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Global credit analysts warn banks of challenge from alternative lenders

Alternative lending is set to stay and significantly shake up the banking market, according to the world’s leading credit experts. But news from the University of Edinburgh Business School’s biennial Credit Risk and Credit Scoring Conference paints a positive picture for both business and personal borrowers. (CCR Magazine)

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