There’s a lot of money heading from mainstream finance towards the alternative finance sector. Perversely, one of the key reasons for that is the fact that the alternative sector is working hard to turn itself into something that looks like the mainstream – witness the popularity of banking licence applications, amongst other trends.
Stenn, a digital financing platform for SMEs, has closed a $50 million equity funding round with US investor Centerbridge, at a $900 million valuation.
Founded in 2015, Stenn has provided over $6 billion of financing to SMEs in over 70 countries, with capital provided by a number of global blue-chip banks and institutional fund managers.
The firm’s proprietary technology platform uses big data and tailored algorithms to analyse credit, fraud and compliance risks on behalf of lenders and promises access to capital within 48 hours.
Greg Karpovsky, founder and CEO of Stenn, comments: “Our proprietary platform and data analysis de-risks the process for our banking partners and provides a quick, simple and low-cost solution for SMEs.
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.