The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance has launched its Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study which systematically examines exchanges, wallets, payments and mining sectors of the burgeoning global cryptocurrency industry. This research is supported by Visa.
The Africa and Middle East Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report
This report, jointly produced by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) and Energy 4 Impact with the support of UKAid and CME Group Foundation, is the first study of its kind that systematically and comprehensively reports the size and growth of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending markets in Africa and the Middle East.
Breaking New Ground: The Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report, the first comprehensive study of the fast-evolving online alternative finance market in the Americas, finds the market is going through a state of consolidation and transformation, dealing with new challenges in an uncertain macroeconomic environment, embracing institutionalisation and reconsidering its P2P and crowdsourcing roots.
The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is an international interdisciplinary academic research institute dedicated to the study of alternative finance, which includes financial channels and instruments that emerge outside of the traditional financial system (i.e. regulated banks and capital markets). Examples of alternative channels are online 'marketplaces' such as equity- and reward-based crowdfunding, peer-to-peer consumer/business lending, and third-party payment platforms. Alternative instruments include SME mini-bonds, private placements and other 'shadow banking' mechanisms, social impact bonds and community shares used by non-profit enterprises, and alternative currencies such as Bitcoin.