One door closes, another opens. Or maybe that should read “loan offer”. Yesterday, Money&Co. closed out a £200,000 B+ offering of five years’ credit from Elliot’s Hair at average gross yield of 10.6 per cent. New offerings will be on site shortly.
Meanwhile our friends at P2P Finance News report a move by a UK-based association of cryptocurrency exchanges to get close to the regulators. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, the crypto eco-system is using our own peer-to-peer (P2P) regulatory system as its proposed model.
A GROUP of the UK’s leading cryptocurrency platforms want the regulator to use peer-to-peer finance legislation as a framework for their own sector.
CryptoUK, a self-regulatory trade association with eight members, has set out new plans for the Treasury to make cryptocurrency investment a regulated activity under the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
The plans are part of a written response by CryptoUK to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee inquiry into digital currencies, which is currently underway.
All loans on site are eligible for inclusion in a Money&Co. ISA. If you do not have a Money&Co. ISA yet, please click on the ISA application tab on the Home page and fill in the form. You will need your National Insurance number. The ISA allowance for 2018/19 is £20,000. For full detail on the process, see below.
One of the current offerings on site is a fixed-rate loan at a yield of 8 per cent, rated A. This loan of £200,000 is property-backed, with an A+ rating from our credit committee. It’s a pure loan, not a participation stake, but it offers the security of real estate (roughly at 64 per cent loan-to-value). A gross yield of 8 per cent equates to a return of 7 per cent net of our fees. The loan is closing when filled, and is currently 56 per cent bid.
If you invest via our Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (ISA – see below for a step-by-step guide to how this works) you will receive the income tax-free.
A Process Guide To Innovative Finance ISA Investment
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 2018/19 is unchanged from last tax year at ú20,000, 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 ú8,400 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.
It’s relatively easy to logon to our site and register to become a lender. But if that’s all too new-fangled, you can call us on 020 3143 4004 or write to Money&Co., 58 Glentham Road, London SW13 9JJ. We’ll then send you an ISA Brochure, and ISA Transfer Authority form (if you want to transfer monies from a Cash ISA) and a Freepost envelope. Then it’s just a question of following your nose to get that income…