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Find good reads about Peer-to-Peer lending, real estate crowdfunding, startup crowdfunding and other online alternative investments.

Logo Symbol of Crypto Lender Celsius
Peer to Peer Lending
Crypto Lending
Celsius Review
Celsius provides liquidity pool style investing so your funds go into the pool and they are loaned out to others. Celsius offers fixed-rate savings accounts in a regulated cryptocurrency business. Let’s take a look at the services Celsius offers.
Stu Lustman   •   July 31st, 2021
Logo Symbol of Crypto Lender Nexo
Peer to Peer Lending
Crypto Lending
Nexo Review
Nexo offers fixed-rate savings accounts in an EU-regulated cryptocurrency business. Nexo loans your money like a bank does. Nexo puts your funds into a liquidity pool and loans it out to the borrowers. Let’s take a look at the services Nexo offers.
Stu Lustman   •   July 27th, 2021
Image of a fence protecting investor funds
Peer to Peer Lending
Real Estate Crowdfunding
Ring-Fence and Protection of Investor Funds
In the Crowdfunding context, a ring-fence is the act of segregating investor funds from assets of the platform. It serves the purpose of creating a barrier against any claims to a platform itself for the protection of investor funds.
Eugene Ohotnikov   •   July 18th, 2021
Logo Symbol of Peer-to-Peer lender Swaper
Peer to Peer Lending
Swaper Review
Swaper lists loans from its parent company – Wandoo. It offers high interest rates and attractive buyback conditions. Issues of diversification and transparency cast some shade on its reliability though. What’s the balance?
Jan Bednorz   •   July 14th, 2021
Logo of Peer to Peer lender Crowdestor
Peer to Peer Lending
Crowdestor Review
Over 20% ROI on (unsecured) business loans seems too good to be true. With the majority of loans in delay or default, Crowdestor is unlikely to sustain such a ROI over the long term. Can it prove that its business model is sustainable?
Jan Bednorz   •   July 14th, 2021
The monthly funding report in June 2021
Markets
The Monthly Funding Report: June 2021
What happened last month in Peer-to-Peer lending and real estate crowdfunding? We take a look at numbers reported to P2PMarketData in June 2021 and dive deeper into this month’s special focus: the post-pandemic acceleration of business lending.
Jan Bednorz   •   July 12th, 2021
Crypto holder making a Peer to Peer governance decision on a protocol
Crypto Lending
Peer to Peer Governance in Crypto: How Public Digital Assets Make Decisions
Governance is something traditional peer-to-peer lenders don’t spend much time thinking about. And it makes sense why we don’t. After all, most of the platforms we use are private companies and have their own private decision-making processes.
Stu Lustman   •   July 7th, 2021
Logo of Peer to Peer lender Blend
Peer to Peer Lending
Real Estate Crowdfunding
Blend Network Review
BLEND Network has flourished during the COVID crisis, funding record-high volumes, consistently delivering high returns to its investors, and shielding them from losses. If you seek good earnings on secured UK-based property, keep reading!
Jan Bednorz   •   July 6th, 2021
Logo of Peer to Peer lending platform IUVO Group
Peer to Peer Lending
IUVO Group Review
IUVO is a daughter company of a large holding company focused on Eastern European markets. It offers investments in several currencies and has proved to be relatively shock-proof, going swiftly through the 2020 turmoil.
Jan Bednorz   •   July 5th, 2021
Logo of Defi Crypto Lending platform Aave
Crypto Lending
AAVE: Decentralized Crypto Lending at Its Best
AAVE is one of the biggest and most interesting DeFi lending apps in the Ethereum ecosystem. They started back in 2017 as ETHLend. Then rebranded in 2020 to AAVE. It’s a great place to lend your crypto and it is the most used DeFi lending platform.
Stu Lustman   •   June 21st, 2021
Internationa p2p lending volumes May 2021
Markets
The Monthly Funding Report: May 2021
What happened last month in P2P Lending and equity crowdfunding? We take a look at numbers reported to P2PMarketData in May 2021. This month’s special focus: the dynamics between traditional and alternative finance.
Jan Bednorz   •   June 14th, 2021
Logo of Crypto Lending Platform CoinLoan
Crypto Lending
Coinloan Review
Coinloan is one of the first crypto lending platforms to offer fixed rate savings accounts in an EU regulated cryptocurrency business. Let’s take a look at the services Coinloan offers.
Stu Lustman   •   June 10th, 2021