Peter Renton, a co-founder of the LendIt Conference and p2p lending investor since 2008, published his latest portfolio performance data on Monday. While he wrote that the downtrend is continuing unabated, he still reports an overall marketplace lending return at 7.73%. Notably, he reported that one of his Lending Club accounts actually lost money in […]View Post
One notable remaining aspect of Funding Circle’s peer-to-peer roots has been its own online forum. If you haven’t been part of that community, you’re too late, since it’s shutting down on Tuesday. According to a forum admin, “there has been a developing trend towards a small number of investors asking questions about a narrow range […]View Post
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 […]
The peer aspect of peer-to-peer lending continued to erode last year, according to Lending Club’s year-end earnings presentation. Self-managed individuals, those still making their own investment decisions, only made up $263 million of their 4th quarter’s origination volume, reaching the lowest level in two years. That’s nearly 38% lower from the peak of $419 million […]
Perhaps the only thing worse than sending a nude photo of yourself to a lender as collateral is learning that the photo had been leaked on to the internet. In China, some online lenders hold on to nude photos of their borrowers (typically women) to use as leverage to pay up. If they don’t, the […]
BitLendingClub (not to be confused with Lending Club) has shut down their bitcoin-based p2p lending platform, citing regulatory pressure. A message posted on their website says, “over the last year or so, the regulatory pressures has been increasing to the point that it is no longer feasible to maintain the operation of the platform. We […]
In South Korea, the government isn’t sure if Funda is a direct funder. Funda, ironically spelled like the New York pronunciation of the word, is one of several companies offering high yields to investors across their peer-to-peer lending marketplace. The average rate of return is 10.94%, according to Funda’s home page. But according to Bloomberg, […]
The can of worms was set open with the shakedown of Ezubao, the Chinese P2P lending site which duped 900,000 investors of $7.6 billion in February this year.
Chinese police have been ordered to shut down illegal online lending sites and take swift action against suspects.