In the news - 15.04.16

The Marketing Eye Newsletter

The latest news from the world of Alternative Finance and FinTech

UK banks have yet to address the elephant in the room: Their current business model is unsustainable

It was another tough year for UK banks in 2015, and the challenges look set to continue. Our high-street banks are at a vital juncture: they’ve survived the crisis and are now preparing for one of the biggest overhauls of UK banking we have ever known with the introduction of ring fencing. (City A.M.)

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UK FinTech industry to be given new government boost

Harriet Baldwin, economic secretary to the UK Treasury, has announced FinTech Bridges, an industry-led panel and professional services hub to ensure that the UK remains the FinTech capital of the world. (Tech City News)

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Government tax schemes boost UK crowdfunding scene

The success of the UK’s crowdfunding industry has been driven by the Government’s tax efficient investment schemes, such as the EIS and SEIS, shows research from Growthdeck, the recently-launched equity crowdfunding platform. (SME Insider)

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P2P lending: These are the nine key trends in alternative finance

How will P2P lending fare in a downturn? Can the industry improve securitisation practices? Why did growth slow last year? Is China really the most exciting market? What will consolidation mean for the industry? (City A.M.)

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P2P sits between savings, which are safe, and more risky stocks and shares

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is controversial, to say the least. Despite the success of Zopa – which in total has loaned £1.4bn – many are distrustful, not least Lord (Adair) Turner, who recently said P2P platforms “make the worst bankers look like absolute lending geniuses”. (FT Adviser)

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Listen to the crowd – the growth of alternative finance in the UK

Following Lord Turner’s warning over the risks of peer-to-peer lending, Jimmy McLoughlin, the IoD’s head of external affairs, looks at the growth and challenges of Britain’s burgeoning alternative finance market. (Director)

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