The oscillations of the world’s equity markets are a good indicator of instability and uncertainty in the underlying economies. While we appreciate that this is hardly news, that instability may have an effect on the ability of small- and medium-sized companies to service funding debt of the kind facilitated on platforms like Money&Co.’s.
For the moment, our outstanding record of just 0.03 per cent bad debt across more than five years and over £20 million facilitated remains in tact.
In the wake of pressure from alternative lenders and the fintech community, the British Business Bank yesterday announced the opening of applications to join the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
Marketplace or peer-to-peer lenders are still excluded from the process however, much to the dismay of the industry.
“Presently, we are experiencing considerable interest from lenders, seeking information on accreditation to the CBIL Scheme,” the British Business Bank wrote.
“Our priority, at this stage, is to implement the scheme through existing Enterprise Finance Guarantee accredited lenders. We will aim to resume the consideration of new applicants and respond to Expressions of Interest as soon as we are able to.”
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
That figure is the result of over £20 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 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.
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.