How Crowdfunding Can Boost Your Investment Diversity

How Crowdfunding Can Boost Your Investment Diversity

Remember the adage, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? This old saying certainly holds when making investing decisions; in fact, diversification—both between asset classes and within individual asset classes—ranks among the most powerful tools in your arsenal when it comes to reducing avoidable risk. As I’ve talked about before in this column, diversification is critical for any type of investing, in particular alternative...

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GamCrowd launches first gambling-focused crowdfunding website

GamCrowd launches first gambling-focused crowdfunding website

GamCrowd, a new crowdfunding and sourcing platform, has launched with the specific aim of helping start-up companies in the gambling industry. Backed by a number of investors, the new platform seeks to match investors, start-ups and industry expertise for the gambling sector. GamCrowd will focus on crowdfunding and how it is a useful method for start-ups to raise money at a time when banks and venture capital firms are reported in some quarters...

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Crowdfunding aims to prove that solar power is a bankable sector

Crowdfunding aims to prove that solar power is a bankable sector

Last year, $244bn (£149bn) poured into global renewable investments. But only a tiny amount of that trickled down to where it is needed the most – to provide power to the two billion people without access to energy. The UN’s goal of universal access to modern energy by 2030 will require an annual investment of up to $41bn a year. Progress to date has been slow, to say the least. Over the past year, a new model has emerged which blends...

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Are Crowdfunded Renewables The Game Changer?

Are Crowdfunded Renewables The Game Changer?

Crowdfunding of renewable energy projects is growing fast in Europe. If this grassroots movement gets organized in time to access the big money available in the next round of cohesion funding, it could have far reaching effects on the European energy sector. In recession era Europe, much talk is of ‘innovative’ or ‘alternative’ financing for sustainable energy – meaning money other than the public purse. Compared with the cost of...

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Don't take 'crowd' out of crowdfunding, MP warns regulators

Don't take 'crowd' out of crowdfunding, MP warns regulators

The Financial Conduct Authority risks taking the “crowd out of crowdfunding” if its proposals for regulation of the industry go ahead, a Labour MP has claimed. Speaking at a debate on the future of crowdfunding at Westminster today, Barry Sheerman said that crowdfunding is one of the most “vibrant and exciting” industries to emerge in the last decade, and empowers people who want to start their own business to access...

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