Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that, in volume terms, business investment was estimated to have fallen by 0.4% to £49.2bn between the first quarter of this year (January to March) and the second quarter (April to June). The asset that contributed most strongly to the decline was information and communication technology (ICT), alongside other machinery and equipment.Speaking about the reasons behind the drop, director general of EISA Mark Brownridge said: "We believe this is the 'Brexit effect' kicking in. No business likes uncertainty, yet clearly businesses and investors are not sure what to do. They need extra support as they navigate these extraordinary times."We believe that the government's messages on Brexit are actively scaring enterprise, by constantly offering a 'worst case' scenario. We would call for a more positive approach to give businesses the support, certainty and investment they so badly need."Capital investment is a key measure of economic health, and an indication of confidence in future growth, while business investment accounts for around 10% of overall yearly GDP."
As we've consistently made clear, Money&Co. will continue to lend to carefully vetted small businesses with no other debt and a strong track record of profitability. See earlier stories here and here.
New Loans Latest
Project Rhapsody is now 30 per cent funded. The loan offer has an A risk rating, and provides a fixed-rate return of 8 per cent over five years.
Log in or register for full detail. As ever, we've done due diligence but cannot categorically warrant that the representations are true. Read risk warnings on site. Our current annual bad debt rate is 0.03 per cent over more than five years (see also risk explanations and associated articles below).
The second tranche offered by Yes You Can is a B-rated offering, over a five-year term, with a fixed rate yield of 11 per cent gross. It is presently eight per cent funded.
Money&Co. lenders have achieved an average return of more than 8 per cent gross (before we deduct our one per cent fee).
That figure is the result of over £17 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.
Money&Co. has been lending for over 5 years and has only had one bad debt so far, representing a bad debt rate of 0.03 per cent per annum.
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:
Step 1: Register as a lender. Go to the login page, and go through the process that the law requires us to effect. This means we have to do basic checks on you to comply with money-laundering and other security requirements.
Step 2: Put money into your account. This is best done by electronic transfer. We can also process paper cheques drawn in favour of Denmark Square Limited, the parent company of Money&Co.
Step 3: Buy loans in the loan market. Once you've put cash in your account it will sit there - and it won't earn interest until you've bought a piece of a loan. It's this final step that requires lenders and IFISA investors to be pro-active. Just choose some loans - all loans on the Money&Co. site can be held in an IFISA - and your money will start earning tax-free interest.
The ISA allowance for 2019/20 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.