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There are many successful companies and entrepreneurs in the financial services sector who have already harnessed alternative finance, of which FinTech is an integral part. As a result, the term “alternative finance” has become more popular and widely understood. Alternative finance is a new term that describes any transaction or service that is not credit based. This article will explore what alternative financing entails and how it might be used to benefit consumers in the future.

To start, let’s define what “alternative” means in this context:

When people use this type of finance they do not need to borrow money from a bank or other institution, such as another person or their family member. This requires that the lending be made to a company, organization, or government. They might have to pay back the amount of the loan or investment on time, but it is not borrowed money. (Perhaps an analogy is apt here – when someone buys a lottery ticket, they are not borrowing money from a bank, but they do have to pay it back.)

In practice, alternative finance has evolved into something that could be considered FinTech:

As such, this area of finance is exploding and growing at an exponential rate that few can keep up with. A recent report from Deloitte estimated that FinTech will create 2 million jobs in the U.S by 2022 and generate $1 trillion in revenue for companies by 2020. FinTech is not just a catch-all term for types of applications; rather, it is a collection of companies that are innovating in areas such as: Online account management, Remittance and foreign exchange, Peer to peer lending (peer-to-peer and social funding), Insurance, Mortgage and loan origination.

Not only is the FinTech industry growing exponentially, but its applications are also diversifying. Understanding why “alternatives” have become so prevalent in the financial sector will help you understand the power of alternative finance and how it applies to different industries. Here are two examples that show some of the promising uses:

Investing money for retirement has traditionally been through bonds or stocks. These markets can be highly volatile and unstable, with large amounts of risk being involved. Alternative finance allows for funding that is safer, more stable, and provides a much greater return. For example, alternative finance displaces traditional banks because it is a way of investing money to generate a high return over time.

For instance, peer-to-peer lending platforms allow individuals to lend each other money with interest rates that are lower than the typical savings accounts or bonds. Peer-to-peer lending has become extremely popular in recent years as an alternative to investing in traditional bonds or stocks. The level of involvement of the borrowers’ needs to be minimal; this allows access to capital for those who would not otherwise qualify for traditional programs.

Perhaps the most important use of alternative finance is to provide unbanked, underbanked, or low-income consumers with access to loans. One example of this is Kiva Zip, a lending platform that allows even the smallest donations of $25 to used as a microloan. Since its inception in 2005, over one million entrepreneurs have received more than $1 billion through microloans via Kiva Zip.

This particular example involves using the power of social media to harness the economic benefits of peer-to-peer lending. The platform might require users to set up an account and answer a series of questions before they can begin investing in loans. The lender can review repayment histories, a borrower’s financial history, the purpose of the loan, and much more.

Another example involves loans with no collateral. Peer-to-peer lending also helps individuals secure small business loans without tying it to real estate or other valuable assets. This is cheaper for businesses because they do not have to pledge collateral and it gives them a better chance at receiving funding from alternative finance.

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Most frequent questions and answers

What clients usually engage your Alternative Finance Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Alternative Finance talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Alternative Finance professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Alternative Finance talent and are able to provide clients with Alternative Finance professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Alternative Finance professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Alternative Finance consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Alternative Finance consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Alternative Finance talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Alternative Finance talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Alternative Finance consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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