What is alternative finance?
Alternative finance providers act as intermediaries between borrowers and lenders, and are complementary to traditional High Street banks.
GLI Finance's alternative finance platforms are non-bank lenders; covering peer to peer, marketplace, and balance sheet lenders.
Why does it matter?
Around the world, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) struggle to get access to finance. Traditional banks have retrenched from lending to SMEs, and alternative finance providers have entered the market and are delivering the finance that SMEs need.
The sector is growing
The alternative finance sector has grown rapidly to date, and is continuing to scale as evidenced by the performance of GLI Finance's own portfolio. In May 2015, Morgan Stanley estimated that the industry would grow to between $150bn and $490bn globally, by 2020.
Range of platforms
GLI have invested in a broad range of alternative finance platforms all focused on the Small & Medium Enterprise segment which makes them one of the most diversified investors in the space.
Many finance solutions
GLI platforms deliver a broad spectrum of finance solutions to the Small & Medium Enterprise segment giving GLI Finance an unparalleled understanding of the market opportunity.
SME Loan Fund (SMEF) is a closed end fund focusing on a loan portfolio diversified by geography, asset class, duration and security.