It’s an open market, but it’s not a free-for-all. News reaches us of the rising tide of participants in the open banking market.
Less than four months after reaching a milestone of 5 million open banking users, the UK has hit a new record of 6 million users.
The industry has clearly come a long way in the past few years — a big leap from taking 10 months to move from 1 to 2 million users back in 2020.
In the last month alone, 5 million open banking payments were made, and open banking payments have grown at a rate of 500 per cent year-over-year.
Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) head of stakeholder engagement Constanza Castro Feijóo revealed the news exclusively at the AltFi Open Banking Forum 2022 yesterday.
She said the rise in the number of payments and users is evidence of how end users are choosing to pay, and the increasing switch to a fast, frictionless, more secure way of paying.
Loan Offer Latest
A loan offer from Harris & Co., a borrower that operates in the litigation claim sector, is available on site. The loan is risk-rated A by our credit committee. It has a gross yield of eight per cent, for a fixed term of 12 months. The loan offer is currently 13 per cent subscribed, and will close when filled.
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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.