Question: What Has Grown by c.30% Over the Past Year and is Completely Tax-Free?
Answer: Your personal ISA allowance. Since the start of the new UK tax year two weeks ago, our ISA allowances have risen to £20,000 (from £15,240 previously). This means investors will now be able to set aside even more money each year in their tax-free ISA accounts, which broadly fall into three categories - Cash, Stocks & Shares, and the new Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). The IFISA was introduced last year, extending the same[...]
Using P2P / Crowdfunding to Kickstart Economic Growth
One of the key criticisms of how governments and central bankers around the world have responded to the 2008 financial crisis is that while their policy interventions have restored short-term stability, they have also exacerbated imbalances and inequalities, widening the gap between those who have and those who have not. Monetary stimulus has driven benchmark rates/yields towards the zero bound and directly (or some would say[...]
Why IFAs and Wealth Managers Should Start Taking Real Estate Crowdfunding Seriously
For those of us who use an independent financial adviser (IFA) or discretionary wealth manager, you have likely never heard them mention P2P lending, Crowdfunding, or Alternative Finance as one of the investment options for your portfolio. This may appear unusual, considering how much coverage the industry has received in the media, especially since the launch of the Innovative Finance ISA last year. In fact, one might argue that the[...]
LSE/Deutsche Boerse Saga: The Future of Exchanges
The scuppering of the mega-merger between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse raises further questions about the future of exchanges as we know them. We shouldn't be too surprised; the two European exchange giants have had a go at wedded bliss before, and failed. Twice. But this time was different. It was supposed to be the key to their longer-term survival. Both groups have experienced sluggish growth in recent years as[...]
Innovative Finance ISAs – Why are Approvals Taking So Long?
With the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Crowdfunding industry having gained a degree of acceptance amongst savvy investors, and ISA season in full swing with the new tax year less than a month away, the question will no doubt be asked again of these Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISAs) and why they haven't quite taken off as predicted. A little bit of background is probably useful here: then-Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to introduce the[...]
Real Estate Crowdfunding – Helping To Solve the Millennial Price Problem
As a bit of a self-confessed geek with a penchant for mathematics, one of the pipe dreams I had growing up was perhaps one day solving a Millennium Prize Problem and winning the million dollars that came along with it. But of course, I never progressed far beyond a precocious aptitude for algebra, never got close to solving a Millennium Prize Problem, and at some point remembered telling myself, “there must be an easier way of making[...]
Early Close for Property Crowd’s Second Offer Amidst Strong Demand for Senior Secured Debt Yielding 12%
We’ve often noted in the past that, almost ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world still remains a visibly fragile, and some would say broken, place. Benchmark rates remain near zero as central banks seem afraid to choke off any budding recovery, and despite a deluge of liquidity, certain segments of the market (e.g. short-term borrowers and small businesses) still find it difficult to secure lending at reasonable[...]
Industry Heavyweight Joins Global Alternatives Ahead of Launch of Cross-Border Property Trading Exchange
- Global Alternatives appoints Brendan Bradley, former Chief Innovation Officer and Board Member at Eurex, as Non-Executive Chairman.
- Bradley joins as Global Alternatives prepares to launch Prop-X, an industry-wide property trading exchange. With a beta launch expected in early Q2, it will bring together Property Crowd’s crowdfunded assets with other assets from across the institutional sector.
An Alternative Look at Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter to Shareholders
Letter writing is an art that not all of us have the gift or frankly the time for. But from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” which helped spark a civil rights revolution, to Mark Zuckerberg’s recently published 5700-word manifesto, the power of the written word is undeniable – possibly because it often represents a carefully considered distillation of thoughts/ideas into a single pithy document. One such[...]
London’s Bonus Season 2017 – What To Expect And What To Do With It
It’s that time of the year again in the City, when bonuses are finally revealed to those of us employed in the finance sector. For all but the most aloof of us, it is a much anticipated event – an affirmation, we hope, of all the hard work one has put in over the past year – the outcome of which sets the tone for the year ahead (and whether or not we’re speaking to headhunters during our lunch breaks for the next couple of[...]