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Category: Private Debt Lending

Pastures New – Is it Time for Diversification?

From an investment perspective, we are living through strange and jittery times that may ultimately lead to greater diversification. Let’s start with the strange.  Around a quarter of bonds sold around the world are now said to be paying negative returns when the rate of interest is mapped on to the premium paid to buy…

It’s Been A Tumultuous Year But Investment Carries On  

The United Kingdom’s December began with yet more political drama in the shape of Parliamentary deadlock over the agreement paving the way for withdrawal from the European Union and a subsequent vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. The vote failed and Theresa May resumed her attempts to win support for her exit deal….

Market Lending Platforms Outperform 90% of Bond and Property Funds

Platform lending has been with us for around eight years now  – ever since the launch of Funding Circle, in fact – but for many investors, it remains an untried concept. Yes, this corner of the financial services industry has grown rapidly since 2010, in terms of those who lend and borrow through the available…

Ten Years On – How Lehman’s Collapse Changed the Face of Investing

The tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers has been marked by a predictable and perhaps also very necessary round of stock taking on the part of commentators, policymakers and the great and the good of the financial services industry. A decade on, the question that is mainly asked is: ‘could it all happen…

Driving Performance – The Important Role of Non-Core Asset Investment  

There is nothing wrong with a safety first approach to investment strategy. Indeed, many investors – perhaps the majority – will choose to hold tried and trusted assets over a long time frame in order to secure a predictable and reliable income, coupled with an acceptable level of growth.   In practice, that might mean…

Supporting Business, Achieving High Returns – The Appeal of Platform Lending

 Everyone’s investment portfolio is different. In some cases an investor will opt for a simple split between a cash-in-the-bank safety net and equities (purchased direct or as part of a fund) and perhaps some bonds. More commonly these day the portfolio might also embrace property,  alternative investments such as wine or antiques and equity stakes…