Europe has had a solid year in terms of total FinTech funding, with UK at the forefront. The European FinTech sector secured $58.1 billion in capital last year. This is significantly greater than the $43.4 billion the industry acquired back in 2018 – according to a recent report from Big Four auditing firm KPMG.
KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2 2019 report confirmed that Europe’s record year for Fintech investments could (largely) be attributed to FIS’s acquisition of WorldPay, at a valuation sof $42.5 billion. The deal accounted for over 50% of Fintech investments in Europe for 2019.
As noted in the report, most of the financial technology investments were diversified, as the ten largest deals spanned six different countries, meanwhile, venture capital funding managed to attract a record $7.2 billion in funding.
Internationally, overall Fintech investments declined compared to 2018, which was a record year; $137.5 billion was allocated towards financial technology projects last year which is a bit lower than the $141 billion invested back in 2018. The number of deals finalized by large tech industry players like Alibaba Group, Alphabet, Apple, Baidu, IBM, Microsoft and Tencent increased for the fifth consecutive year. These giants invested a combined $3.5 billion across 46 different Fintech projects.
Yes You Can, rated B, for £30,000 with an 11 per cent fixed yield over five years, is now filled. Project Rhapsody rated A+, with an 8 per cent fixed yield for three years is also filled. More loan offerings will land on site soon.
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
That figure is the result of over £20 million of loans facilitated on the site, as we bring individuals looking for a good return on capital together with carefully vetted small companies seeking funds for growth. Bear in mind that lenders’ capital is at risk. Read warnings on site before committing capital.
All loans on site are eligible to be held in a Money&Co. Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA), up to the annual ISA limit of £20,000. Such loans offer lenders tax-free income. Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.
So here’s our guide to the process:
The ISA allowance for 2019/20 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We’re assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.
Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying – buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the “loans for sale” market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.
Risk: Security, Access, Yield
Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here’s one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.