Marketplace Lending

Catching Up With Marketplace Lending – A Timeline

April 20, 2017
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A timeline of alternative finance

This article is from deBanked’s Mar/Apr 2017 magazine issue. To receive copies in print, SUBSCRIBE FREE 2/17 Prospa, an online small business lender based in Australia, was valued at $235M (AUD) in a $25M capital raise Square announced funding $248 million worth of business loans in Q4 2016 2/21 A Massachusetts state court vacated a […]

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Lending Club to Beta Hardship Plans for Borrowers (and Protect Returns for Investors)

April 5, 2017
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Scott Sanborn - Lending Club

Lending Club wants to make it easier to accommodate borrowers facing hardship and in the process potentially protect the investor from unnecessary losses. A full explanation of the program was sent out to Lending Club investors on Wednesday, the full text of which we’ve pasted below: At Lending Club, we are committed to improving experiences […]

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Prosper Lost A Whopping $119 Million in 2016

March 20, 2017
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Prosper Marketplace

Prosper might be the online lender for the who’s who of Wall Street these days, but the company still lost $119 million in 2016. To add perspective, Prosper only had $136 million in revenue for the year, meaning that for every dollar it earned it spent almost two. The loss was also more than 4x […]

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WebBank Releases Earnings, Market Valuation

March 20, 2017
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Utah flag on money

WebBank, a Salt Lake City-based bank commonly used by online lenders such as Avant, CAN Capital and Prosper to make loans nationwide, reported year-end figures last week through an SEC filing. The company is 91.2% owned by Steel Partners Holdings L.P (NYSE:SPLP). The bank reported net income of $29.2 million for 2016. “Despite significant declines […]

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Are Those Shopping for an Online Loan More Risky?

March 18, 2017
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potential stacking

ID Analytics is enabling online lenders to know a thing or two they might not be able to find out on their own. For example, did a loan applicant apply for other loans on the same day? There’s a good chance ID Analytics can tell you the answer since they claim their Online Lending Network […]

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How Whitepages Turned Their Data into an Identity Verification Tool for Online Lenders

March 15, 2017
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Whitepages Pro

Whitepages might be a 20-year old company but the data they’ve amassed over time can add significant value to online lenders, the company claims. Whitepages Pro, which offers identify verification, allows lenders to gauge if an individual is real. “It examines fraud risk, not credit risk,” company CEO Rob Eleveld said in a brief interview […]

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See You At LendIt

March 3, 2017
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Peter Renton, Chairman and Co-Founder
LendIt,  speaking to LendIt USA 2016 conference in San Francisco, California, USA on April 11, 2016. (photo by Gabe Palacio)

Monday kicks off the LendIt conference at the Javits Center in NYC. Given that it’s the biggest event of the year for the industry, I certainly hope to meet as much of you there as possible. If you still haven’t registered, make sure you at least take advantage of a 15% discount by using promo […]

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In The UK, Regulators Advise Where The Line Between Banks and Non-banks Lies

March 1, 2017
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UK Flag

Online lenders shouldn’t be borrowing money from other online lenders and using that money to lend, the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK warned on Tuesday. Doing so without regulatory permission, they explained, would constitute accepting deposits and be a criminal offense. A copy of the official letter signed by Jonathan Davidson, Director of Supervision […]

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Prosper, A Marketplace for the World’s Richest Banks and Billionaires?

February 28, 2017
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gold

Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and funds tied to some of the world’s richest billionaires (including George Soros) all make up the “consortium of institutional investors” and “syndicate of lenders” involved in Prosper’s recently announced landmark deal. The terms allow for the investors to purchase up to $5 billion of loans on […]

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For Lending Club Borrowers, Interest Now Accrues During Grace Periods

February 26, 2017
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Lending Club CEO Scott Sanborn Presents at Money2020

On February 24th, Lending Club eliminated a courtesy that had long been afforded to borrowers, interest waivers during grace periods. Specifically, borrowers who missed a monthly payment were given 15 extra days to make the payment with no extra interest assessed or late fees. Going forward, interest will indeed accrue during grace periods. “we are […]

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