The last two years have seen a significant increase in activity in the alternative investment sector. Enterprise Investment Schemes, Crowd Funding, Peer to Peer lending, UCIS and direct investments into land and property have all attracted attention.
Growth has been driven by a combination of innovative products, aggressive marketing, enterprises looking for new sources of capital and investors' desire for alternatives to the mainstream asset classes. Investment has come both from traditional sources such as high net worth and sophisticated investors looking for diversification or tax incentives and from ordinary retail investors – often made possible by the flexibility of SIPPs and light touch regulation.
It’s clear that there is an appetite for alternative investments, but not all of this activity has been benign. After a series of FSA papers and alerts coupled with some high profile investment failures the sector is taking stock and preparing for much greater levels of regulatory scrutiny.
In an effort to take a step back and make sense of all the changes, this year’s Alternative Investment Summit, hosted by Intelligent Partnership and taking place in London on the 27th November, will examine what the future might hold and where the opportunities are in the sector.
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We deliver accredited research, training and events to a community of financial services and investment professionals. IFAs and Wealth Managers make up the majority of our 5,000 subscribers, all of whom are interested or active in alternative investments.
Our aim is to increase awareness and engagement amongst intermediaries, providing them with the tools and information they need to speak knowledgeably with their clients about the whole alternative investment universe.
Our content is delivered using digital and printed reports, via video and through live events – these are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Chartered
Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and Personal Finance Society (PFS).
We are building a future where alternative investments are as easy to understand and access as mainstream assets. If we can do that we will create a much more open and efficient market for everyone.