Long term financial stability is becoming a more prominent concern, especially in the circumstances of rapid financial growth. The boom of fintech has unfolded neverending investment and saving opportunities, all you need to do is to choose wisely. We asked Eduards Lapkovskis, CEO of the peer-to-peer lending platform VIAINVEST to share 4 quick tips on how to be smart about your financial decisions. Continue reading How to invest wisely? 4 tips from Eduards Lapkovskis, CEO of VIAINVEST
For many of us, the first introduction we had to peer to peer lending went something along these lines:
“Traditionally we all used banks. Banks lent money to consumers and small businesses at a high rate of interest. They used money from savers, paying them a much lower rate of interest. Banks made large profits on the spread between these two rates. Peer to peer lending connects lenders and borrowers directly so they both have a better rate.” Continue reading P2P Lending & The Lender/Borrower Spread
When it comes to where in the world P2P lending platforms make the most loans, the answer is the US. Its combination of size, an appetite for borrowing, and seeking new credit solutions are among the reasons why.
Yet many of the fastest growing platforms are in Europe.
We’re going to take a look at 2016 loan volumes in the US and across Europe. Continue reading P2P Lending Volumes in USA and Europe
Diversification – this is a word used often in the investments world and it’s based on the idea that you shouldn’t put all your risk into one investment. ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, right? Continue reading Peer to Peer Lending as an Investment
It’s said that starting to invest at a young age is one of the key preconditions of building wealth. We all know that it’s good to start saving and investing early, but how much of a difference does it make in practice? Continue reading Managing personal finances: benefits of early investing
While the oldest P2P lending platform is Zopa from England, most of the biggest and fastest growing platforms are based in the US. The huge size of the US and its base of borrowers and lenders is part of the reason why, yet there are a couple things the US is doing for its P2P lending markets that Europe could look to implement to help them grow. Continue reading What Europe Can Learn from US P2P Lending Markets
When you have a burgeoning European alternative finance market originating over 400 million EUR per month, it’s no surprise that governments are paying close attention. So, what are some of the approaches that national authorities have been taking to encourage the sector, and what is the appeal? Continue reading How (and Why) Governments are Encouraging P2P Lending
Banking is necessary, banks are not.
/Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft/
Bill Gates said this way back in 1994. Banks have only gotten larger, less effective and more out of touch with the communities they are supposed to serve. Banks are such a vital part of the economy that most governments do whatever they can to avoid bank failures and the ripple effects it would cause. The Cyprus bail-in is just one example in Europe and the fall of Bear Stearns investment bank triggering the events that caused the Great Recession in the US is another.
Fintech is incredibly disruptive to the old line ways of doing things and conventional banking. We are going to look at 2 big ways financial services are transforming. Continue reading How Fintech is Changing Financial Services
When it comes to P2P Lending in Europe, the dominant player is the UK, with by far the most platforms, most money invested and the clearest regulatory environment from their Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). While the UK is the biggest market and London the undisputed capital of P2P lending in Europe, the fastest growing region in Europe for alternative finance is in the Baltics. Continue reading Trends in European P2P Lending