The pandemic does have a silver lining – albeit a very faint one. Trust in UK banks has risen over the past year, according to research conducted by our friends at AltFi.
Despite the financial uncertainty prompted by the pandemic, across several different areas trust appears to be rising both in neo banks such as Monzo and Starling Bank as well as large high street incumbents like HSBC, Lloyds and Barclays.
The Opinium and AltFi Digital Banking Study 2021, which surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults, found 26 per cent saying their trust in digital banks has improved in the last 12 months, while 23 per cent said the same about large banks.
The proportion who remain distrustful of neobanks remained almost stable at 25 per cent (compared to 26 per cent last year), however.
Overall nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) said they trust large banks such as HSBC and Lloyds to keep their money safe, an increase from 57 per cent in 2020.
While markedly lower for neobanks such as Monzo and Starling Bank, newer digital players did also see an increase in levels of trust to keep cash safe. Almost exactly one third (33 per cent) said so, up from 29 per cent one year ago.
The second tranche of the Fleetwood Legal £250,000 loan offering is now 21 per cent filled. The loan offering is rated A with a yield of 8 per cent and a 12-month term. Please note that ‘Fleetwood Legal’ is a code name for commercial reasons.
Money&Co. lenders have been funding legal claims since May 2019. Over that period, and despite the issues that affected the courts at the start of the pandemic, all of the money lent has been returned to our lenders with an average rate of interest of 7.85% before fees.Fleetwood Legal (FL) has an A rating from our credit committee and offers a yield of eight per cent over its one-year term. Below we offer an extract from our credit analysis. Readers wishing to see the full note and to subscribe to this offer must log in (or register if you are a first-time lender).
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
That figure is the result of over £24 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 2020/21 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.