Online Lending

Multimillionaire CEO Claims Predatory Lenders are Causing Him to Sell His Furniture for Food

November 22, 2018
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Two months ago, a billionaire hedge-fund manager named Philip Falcone, the 377th richest person in the United States who once “put the squeeze on Goldman Sachs,” led a Virginia-based investment group to make a strategic purchase of a local Telemundo TV station in Columbus, Ohio. The seller, a company led by local businessman Richard Schilg, […]

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LendingClub Funds $1 Billion in CLUB Certificates

November 20, 2018
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LendingClub announced today that it has funded $1 billion in CLUB Certificates, in just under a year since the company introduced the offering. According to its website, CLUB Certificates are “pass-through securities with CUSIP numbers backed by LendingClub prime or near prime personal loans.” What does this mean? LendingClub was unreachable at the time, but […]

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Credit Karma Moves Towards Home Mortgages with Acquisition

August 20, 2018
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Credit Karma acquired Approved last week, according to a blog post written by Approved CEO and founder Andy Taylor. Approved is a platform that simplifies and facilitates the process of obtaining home mortgage loans. “When we left Redfin three years ago to tackle the often painful and tedious process of getting a home loan, nearly […]

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SoFi Has Massive Loss in Second Quarter

August 7, 2018
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SoFi had a second quarter adjusted loss of about $200 million, according to a Bloomberg story from yesterday, citing people familiar with the company’s situation. “Our Q2 financial results were negatively impacted by significantly lowered valuation of legacy loans and assets as well as the slow start to increasing prices in the face of a […]

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CommonBond Issues Securitization

August 3, 2018
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CommonBond, which helps people finance student loans, announced today its second AAA-rated securitization from Moody’s and DBRS. At $292 million of total collateral, the transaction is the company’s largest to date. It is CommonBond’s second securitization of 2018 and its seventh altogether. The company, which competes with SoFi, now has a total securitized loan amount […]

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Square Capital is Funding $130 Million a MONTH

August 1, 2018
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Today Square released its Q2 2018 earnings, revealing that in the second quarter Square Capital facilitated over 60,000 business loans totaling $390 million. This is an increase of 22% year over year, and a 13% increase compared to last quarter’s loan volume of $339 million. Square’s growth was also driven by its Instant Deposit, Caviar […]

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PayPal’s Actions Convey Continued Expansion of Lending Business

July 27, 2018
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PayPal announced its Q2 2018 earnings yesterday. Notably, total payment volume grew 27%, which is 1% higher than Q2 of last year. And the popular payment app Venmo, which is owned by PayPal, grew 78%, only slightly less than its growth of 80% from the last quarter. As expected by Wall Street analysts, revenue growth […]

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Elevate Offers Prime-like Credit Card to Non-prime Consumers

July 23, 2018
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Last week, Elevate (NYSE: ELVT) launched the Today Card, a credit card for non-prime consumers with features typically included only on cards for prime users. Some of the features for the new card include credit lines up to $3,500, a mobile app where consumers can check their balance, pay their bills, zero liability fraud protection, […]

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Australia Brimming with Alternative Lending Activity

July 18, 2018
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OnDeck announced today that it has closed on a $75 million (AUD) asset-backed revolving credit facility with Credit Suisse for its business in Australia. This will be used to refinance OnDeck Australia’s current loan book at a significantly lower cost, as well as to fund future originations there.   This comes shortly after Lending Express […]

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DFS Releases Recommendations for Online Lending

July 12, 2018
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At left, One Commerce Plaza where DFS’ Albany office is based The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a report on Wednesday on the subject of online lending in the state. The report was mandated by a bill signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 1 of last year. According […]

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