In the news - 22.04.16

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The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

Treasury admits slow start for Innovative ISA

HM Treasury’s head of business lending has admitted the Innovative Finance ISA has been slow to get off the ground, but said he is confident the rules are ready to include crowdfunding in the Autumn. Its launch on 6 Apil was mired in criticism, with 80 peer-to-peer lending platforms still waiting for approval from the Financial Conduct Authority a fortnight after the ISA had been officially introduced. (FT Adviser)

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Finance leaders call for collaboration on FinTech development

A group of global finance leaders is calling on regulators, start-ups and industry incumbents to embark on landmark collaborations that they say will reduce the chances of the financial technology boom imploding. The group, convened by the organisers of the World Economic Forum at Davos, argues in a position paper published on Tuesday that there is an “urgent need” to do more to ensure the rapid growth of fintech does not become a risk to “systemic stability”. (FT - subscription required)

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Peer to peer lending 'potentially attractive' to SIPP investors with government support, experts say

Lifting restrictions preventing private pension holders from investing in peer-to-peer lending could open up a "potentially attractive" new market for savers, according to pension law experts at Pinsent Masons. (

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‘Bitcoin is dead,’ says prominent FinTech exec

Taavet Hinrikus of Transferwise says bitcoin has failed: “Bitcoin, I think we can say, is dead. There is no traction, no one is using bitcoin. The bitcoin experiment, I think we can say, is over.” (Yahoo Finance)

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ArchOver points to independent report labeling their P2P platform as industry best practice

In an independent report conducted by Equity Development, peer to peer lender ArchOver has received a nice affirmation of their secured lending approach. The publication entitled, “How to Make a Relatively Safe 5% PA Return”, labeled their business model as perhaps the best practice in the peer to peer/crowdlending sector. (Crowdfund Insider)

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BlackRock backs P2P with £12.7m investment

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has made its first significant retail investment in peer-to-peer loans, lending credibility to a sector that has attracted concerns over its financial risks. (FT - subscription required)

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Advice to invest in peer-to-peer lending may now be covered by FSCS

FSCS may be able to compensate eligible investors in relation to unsuitable advice they receive about the merits of investing in peer-to-peer lending via loan-based crowdfunding platforms. Depending on individual circumstances, FSCS may be able to provide compensation of up to £50,000 in relation to investment advice. (WiredGov)

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