Smart beta is sold as a way for private investors to follow sophisticated investment strategies at low cost. These include value (looking for cheap shares) and momentum (investing in companies where the share price is rising fast.) Ed Bowsher discusses the pros and cons with David Stevenson of ETFstream, Nicolas Samaran of Invesco, and market strategist Richard Wiggins.
Will markets carry on rising this year? Is Gold the best insurance policy against something going wrong? And how will the ETF industry evolve? Will ESG be the big theme of the year? Ed Bowsher finds out from James Butterfill of ETF Securities, Adam Laird of Lyxor, David Stevenson of ETFstream and John Davies of S&P Dow Jones.
James Butterfill, Adam Laird, David Stevenson, John Davies
This is 'Crowdfunders', the show that covers the fast-growing world of alternative finance.
We join Share Radio's Ed Bowsher, and in today's show, the guests are looking at an example of a business that listened to its customers and reversed course on a controversial business strategy. In this instance it was one of the biggest peer to peer lending businesses, Ratesetter. We'll hear from one of Ratesetter's founders on what happened.
The show will also look at a new bond issued by Swindon Borough Council, the world's first ever 'Council solar bond!'
And on top of that, an interview with the chairman of an innovative sportswear business, Skins, that is raising money from investors on the Seedrs equity crowdfunding platform.
It's time again for Crowdfunders, produced in association with Archover - Crowdlending as it should be.
This week, Ed Bowsher looks into the new website that can help you decide which crowdfunding opportunities to choose, a look at liquidity, a chat with Neil Faulkner from 4th Way, and a round-up of the week's crowdfunding news.
On our first episode of The Crowdfunders, Ed Bowsher is joined by Neil Faulkner, founder of P2P comparison site 4th Way, and City A.M. financial journalist Harriet Green lead Ed Mitchell through the world of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer financing.