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Published on February 21, 2017

Income generative and first in line to be repaid

In the persisting long term, low interest rate environment, both individual and institutional investors are searching for stable and predictable forms of income. Commercial property can fulfil these requirements through two linked but very different asset classes – equity

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Published on February 7, 2017

The Hits Just Keep On Coming For UK Savers

Just days after provider research showed that ISA savers have missed out on returns of £100bn by investing in cash rather than stocks and shares, NS&I have announced across-the-board cuts to the returns on their premium bonds and Direct ISA. On 1 February,

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Published on February 1, 2017

IF ISA – Looking to the future

The Innovative Finance ISA (IF ISA), which allows investors to hold peer to peer investments within a tax free ISA wrapper, was rolled out in April 2016. At the time, no P2P platforms were authorised as ISA Managers, a requirement to offer loan investments within an ISA. During the past six months

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Published on January 24, 2017

One of the lowest-risk lending platforms in the P2P market

Proplend was in the news on Saturday 21 January 2017 as The Times published a feature on the health of the UK peer-to-peer (P2P) lending market. 4thWay Managing Director, Neil Faulkner was quoted in the article, responding to record 2016 figures coming from The Peer-To-Peer Finance

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Published on December 20, 2016

2016 – Year in Review

2016 Industry Summary The year started with Lending Club in the US, CEO Renaud Laplanche was fired over internal investor disclosure misdemeanors, the shares fell to over half of IPO value and have remained there ever since Platforms in the US have seen a reduction in loan volumes and a rise in loan default levels

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Published on December 14, 2016

FCA feedback on Peer to Peer Lending – Dec 2016

Last week the the FCA published its initial views from its review of the crowdfunding (investment and loan based) industry in Feedback Statement (FS16/13). While the detail of new rules will not be announced until 2017, it reveals some interesting points of view which are not only important for

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Published on December 2, 2016

Proplend wins Most Outstanding Peer to Peer Lending Platform 2016 award

Proplend is pleased to announce that we have been awarded Most Outstanding Peer-to-Peer Lending Platform 2016 by Acquisition International magazine. The awards were conducted based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research

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Published on November 29, 2016

Peer to peer: A useful addition to the economic landscape

A recent article by James Wallace, summing up an IPF panel debate titled ‘P2P CRE lending still must prove it is not the next retail investor scandal waiting to happen’ paints an unflattering picture of P2P platforms and the competence of those working there, but

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The FCA are reviewing the Crowdfunding industry – have your voice heard

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is currently undergoing their regulatory review of Crowdfunding. To better inform this ongoing review, the FCA has commissioned the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of

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Published on November 21, 2016

Time is Money – High Speed Property Investing

Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase ‘Time is money’ and this never can this ring truer within property investing. Property is a long time trusted investment asset class, we all live in flats and houses, we work in offices, we buy from shops, we socialise in pubs, restaurants, cinemas, gyms and hotels and

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