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Category: Private Debt Platform

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…

A Question of Value – Securing the Right Investment Outcome  

In April of this year, the Financial Conduct Authority published new proposals aimed at improving transparency on the part of asset management firms when they report to their beneficiaries.   In particular, the FCA focused on the question of whether or not asset managers were providing value for money in terms the balance between charges…

As Funds Flow Out of UK Equities, Investors Are Seeking Alternative Asset Classes

May 2018 was not a good month for funds investing in UK equity. According to figures published by the Investment Association (AI), investors withdrew around £1.2bn over the month, representing the biggest outflow since the period following Britain’s vote to leave the EU back in 2016.   All companies funds saw the biggest outflow –…

Investors Bullish About The Role Of Private Debt

The expansion of the private debt market has been one of the big financial stories of the past few years and while the market cooled a little in the first quarter of 2018, investors remain bullish about the prospects for the year ahead.   As noted in this blog back in February of this year,…