The Downing Crowd platform has launched two brand new Regular Access Crowd Bonds, some of the first of their kind in the crowdfunding market, designed to offer investors attractive returns without having to lock away their money for a long period of time.
As the crowdfunding community awaits the arrival of the FCA’s review of current regulations for the sector, Downing Crowd’s Julia Groves looks at what she believes consumers and the sector really need from the regulator and if this will match up with reality…
Oakman Property Ltd, the new owner of the historic Royal Foresters pub site in Berkshire, is seeking to raise £2.5 million through crowdfunding platform, Downing Crowd.
Hedderwick Ltd, the owner of recently opened Royston-based high quality pub restaurant Banyers House, is raising £1.87m million through crowdfunding platform, Downing Crowd.
Crowdfunding platform, Downing Crowd, has successfully raised £1.25m to fund its first ever hydro bond for a newly opened ‘run-of-river’ power station developed by Nightjar Sustainable Power Limited in Argyll, Scotland.
Downing Crowd has just announced its latest Crowd Bond – a fundraise of £2.7 million into Alternate Energies, a solar project in Colchester.
Crowd Bonds look set to become a popular addition to the IF ISA, as many investors seek to further diversify their portfolios, thanks to the rise in the annual ISA allowance from £15k to £20k. Instead of just taking home 4-4.5% from 6% gross earnings, the tax-efficient wrapper will also allow crowd bond investors to keep everything with no income tax payable on the interest earned……an attractive prospect in the current low interest-rate world. Read the article
In fact, Crowd Bonds are a simple type of securitised investment and, provided investors fully understand the relevant risks compared to savings accounts, they can potentially offer attractive returns in the current climate of low interest rates and rising inflation. Read the article
To me, risk is not a dirty word. There is no such thing as investment without risk. That’s what we call savings, though with interest rates this low, in real terms, you are losing money when any interest payments are less than the rate of inflation. The challenge is to understand what the risks are, and whether they are worth taking for the potential return on offer. Read the article
Despite any good intentions to invest early, the end of every tax year inevitably sees investors flock to ISAs at the last minute – it’s simply human nature. But investors should still take time amidst the rush to shop around, particularly in today’s low interest rate world. Read the article
Groves remarked that her firm engage in due dilligence of the firms seeking to raise capital, and if investors lose their capital or are not paid the coupon promised, then Downing will not be paid its fee. Read the article
It’s a privilege to be able to bring a new lease of life to beautiful buildings at the heart of these market towns, creating local jobs along the way and helping with the communities’ wider sustainability efforts, highlighted by our top rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Crowdfunding investors have helped us turn this vision into a reality and we are excited to be working with Downing Crowd in this latest project. Read the article