Alternative finance products are becoming more top of mind for advisers as the demand from clients grows. Five of alternative finance’s most prominent platforms showcased their offers at the London Stock Exchange for the Intelligent Partnership Alt Fi Showcase on 5 February.
Ceri Williams talks about the difficulties financial advisers might encounter when navigating the alternative finance space. He also covers the future direction of Downing Crowd, shares his insights on IF ISAs’ performance and landscape, and the comments on the regulatory environment of Debt-Based Securities.
Caroline Flagg discusses recent developments and the overall performance of Octopus Choice over the last year. Talking about challenges in the property market, she tells Intelligent Partnership that Octopus is optimistic about the future of this asset class. She also talks about platform diversification and a recently doubled number of deal flows.
Mario Lupori speaks about RateSetter’s shift towards the advisers’ market. He expands on the company’s offering to retail clients through its advice channel. He explains why P2P loans offer more stability versus the volatility of equity markets. He also talks about the future of the P2P market.
Speaking to Guy Tolhurst, Jake Wombwell-Povey discusses the growing popularity of alternative finance. He explains how Goji has diversified its offer over the last year, extending the focus from IF ISAs to SIPPs. He also covers the exciting opportunities of investing in renewable energy via direct lending.
Belinda Thomas discusses the key differentiators of Triple Point’s Income Service. She explains how alternative investments are incorporated in a portfolio and talks about the increasing interest in the IF ISA and alternative finance. She also discusses product diversification and Triple Point’s due diligence process.
Following the record VCT fundraising in the tax year 2017/2018, Will Fraser-Allen talks about the possible trends this year. He discusses Albion’s business model after the risk-to-capital condition came into effect, the company’s expansion into technology and technology-enabled businesses in healthcare and recent exits.
Richard Moore shares his outlook on VCT fundraising in the tax year 2018/2019. He tells Intelligent Partnership that the risk-to-capital condition had little impact on Calculus’ business model because of the company’s strong pedigree in growth investing. He also discusses Calculus’ dividend payouts approach and the challenges facing VCT managers previously focused on capital preservation.
Laurence Callcut takes a closer look at factors behind the VCT fundraising surge in the tax year 2017/2018. He explains the advantages of a generalist versus a specialist approach for different purposes. He also talks about Downing’s VCT dividend payouts and VCT as a supplementary retirement planning tool.
Speaking about the record fundraising for VCT in the tax year 2017/2018, John Davies shares his predictions for 2018/2019. He explains why the deal-flow is pivotal when choosing a VCT and discusses potential developments in terms of dividend payouts.