In the news - 20.11.15

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

One in five UK crowdfunding investments fail

Equity crowdfunding — the form of alternative finance that allows large numbers of small investors to back start-up projects — has proved a flop in one-fifth of cases. According to the first comprehensive study of the fast-growing sector, by AltFi Data and law firm Nabarro, one in five companies that raised money on equity crowdfunding platforms between 2011 and 2013 has since gone bust — losing investors money. (FT)

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What will secondary markets look like in crowdfunding and P2P?


Head of fixed income at Ablrate, Andy Sweeney, talks to City AM about the future of secondary markets in P2P lending and how the Ablrate Secondary Market is already ahead of the game. (City AM)

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FCA promises sandbox won’t throw consumers to lions


The Financial Conduct Authority has challenged providers to set up authorised umbrella companies to take fintech start-ups under their wings, run pilots in the regulatory sandbox and potentially reap the rewards with fully-fledged firms at the end of it. (FT Adviser)

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London fintech startup Ebury just raises $83 million


Ebury, a London-based online business finance startup, on Wednesday bagged a huge $83 million (£54.5 million) of investment. The 6-year-old startup has raised the sum from private equity group Vitruvian Partners, which has backed startups like Just Eat and Farfetch, and existing investors 83North. Ebury has raised over $110 million (£72.2 million) in total since it was founded in 2009. (Business Insider)

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Regulation biggest threat to fintech growth - survey

Regulatory issues are set to be the biggest hurdles facing financial technology firms over the next year, according to a survey of fintech founders and investors. Of 101 fintech entrepreneurs and investors surveyed by Silicon Valley Bank, 43% expect this growing tide of red tape to be their biggest impediment. (Finextra)

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Alternative finance company lends £2.5 million to mortgage losers


Alternative lender HNW Lending has lent £2.5 million against individual homes or portfolios of property in 2015. (Mortgage Finance Gazette)

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Half of investors want to increase property exposure


According to a new study by peer to peer lending platform, Crowdstacker, 44 per cent of retail investors want to enhance their exposure to the UK property market by other means than owning their own home. (FT Adviser)

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Amazon launches online platform to tap into UK start-up scene


Amazon has launched an online platform for British start-ups to sell and market their products, providing a new shop window for small tech companies attempting to reach a wider range of consumers. The retailer said Launchpad, which it started in the US in July, would partner venture capital groups including Andreessen Horowitz and crowdfunding platforms such as Crowdcube, to discover fledgling tech groups. (FT)

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