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Why the UK and Europe are leading the world in equity crowdfunding

Europe (including the UK) leads by a long way, and we are holding ground if not accelerating away from our friends across the pond. With the western world so desperate

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Investors turn to alternative investments for excitement

Avacade found that more than one in five (21%) investors said they would invest in an alternative solely because of a personal interest in the product. When looking at the

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Reaping tax reliefs and returns through seed funding

You will get the benefits of protection from CGT and income tax on any gains. But there are several other ways to invest tax-efficiently that offer substantially more benefits for

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Gold buyers outnumber sellers two to one

The number of people adding to their holdings in February using BullionVault online rose to twice that of net sellers. That drove the proprietary index – which measures the balance

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FCA puts protection at the heart of crowdfunding

By boosting consumer protection, the rules will help ensure that consumers have access to fair, clear information that is not misleading, when using loan-based or securities-based crowdfunding platforms. Christopher Woolard,

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Who is the crowd and what are they funding?

Equity crowdfunding has allowed more and more investors to have direct access to startups to use them as a high risk but potentially high reward part of a diversified portfolio.

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Don’t be conned when investing in fine wine

In its opinion most of the problems seen in this market relate to valuations, storage and pricing transparency. To help investors avoid these pitfalls and to benefit from the positive

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VCTs are riding high

Despite investment companies experiencing strong performance over the last few years, the VCT sector is currently outperforming the wider investment company market over one and three years – no small

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Want to invest directly in emerging markets?

U-Start is aimed primarily at finding technology and digital startups in emerging economies and partnering them with western investors. It already has €3.8bn under management waiting to be invested in tech

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Government support for renewable energy is encouraging

Let’s be clear, a £10 million community energy fund is not going to mean a solar farm in every village across the land and it is small beer compared to