AltFi News - 18.11.16

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Zopa plans to launch a banking arm to offer wider range of products


Zopa, the UK’s oldest peer-to-peer lender, is planning to launch a bank to gather retail deposits and diversify its sources of funding — raising questions over the growth potential of alternative finance. (Subscription required) (Financial Times)

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LendingCrowd thinks outside the bank using the power of the crowd

Peer-to-peer firm LendingCrowd was quick to attract investment to grow in Scotland's niche crowdfunding sector. The company also had the vision to appreciate the vast fintech potential here, which thrives on over 1,000 tech firms, together with 600 financial and business companies. (CITY A.M.)

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The UK and China have reached a new fintech agreement

In the latest example of cross-border cooperation between governments on fintech, the UK and China agreed to form a fintech bridge on Thursday, as part of a series of new measures to strengthen economic ties between the countries. (Business Insider UK)

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Chancellor Philip Hammond says UK is 'global fintech capital' as Nutmeg raises £30 million

Digital wealth manager Nutmeg has raised £30 million ($37.3 million) after changing CEOs in the spring. (Business Insider UK)

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European Commission takes first step towards assessing fintech risks, puts topic on agenda for 2017

BRUSSELS — The European Commission aims to propose recommendations for financial technology firms early next year, taking a first step towards assessing the risks and rewards presented by a sector that is shaking up traditional banking. (Financial Post)

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Bank of England given new powers to curb risky buy-to-let lending

The Bank of England is gaining powers to curb any lax lending in the fast growing buy-to-let mortgage sector, an area it has identified as posing a potential risk to the financial system. (The Guardian)

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