A little bit of high-grade tittle-tattle, otherwise known as research from an august international financial institution, as we head for the Easter break. Digital banks and FinTechs are set to create pressure on the mainstream, as a new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) illustrates.
The International Monetary Fund says fast-growing finechs pose challenges for both regulators and less technologically advanced banks, whose long-term viability may be under threat.
In a report, the IMF notes that while most individual fintech firms are still small, they can scale up very rapidly across both riskier clients and business segments than traditional lenders.
“This combination of fast growth and increasing importance of fintech financial services for the functioning of financial intermediation can come with system-wide risks,” say authors Antonio Garcia Pascual and Fabio Natalucci.
Digital banking startups in particular are more exposed than their traditional counterparts to risks from consumer lending, which usually has fewer buffers against losses because it tends to be more uncollateralized. Their exposure also extends to higher risk-taking in their securities portfolio, as well as higher liquidity risks.
The end of the 2021-22 tax year and the deadline for Individual Savings Plans on Tuesday leaves us with just one open loan auction.
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.