Loan Originations Slow IndustrywideMay 10, 2016 | By: Sean Murray
It’s not just one marketplace lender experiencing a slowdown in originations. Some of the largest players across the spectrum cooled their jets in Q1 of this year compared to Q4 of last year.
While Lending Club weathered the storm relatively well, the resignation of their CEO amid a loan manipulation scandal does not bode well for its immediate future prospects.
Avant CEO Al Goldstein, whose company’s loan volume among the bunch dropped off the most, told Crain’s Chicago last month, “If we can’t find capital, we’re not going to grow fast. If we can, we will.”
In a later comment to the WSJ, an Avant spokesperson explained that Q4 loan volumes are typically elevated because of the holidays and Q1’s volume down because many borrowers are receiving their tax refunds.Last modified: May 10, 2016
Sean Murray is the founder of deBanked, a 10-year veteran of the merchant cash advance industry, a casual Lending Club and Prosper investor, the co-founder of Daily Funder, an alternative lending speaker, consultant, writer, and enthusiast. Connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on twitter.