Online Lending

Amazon Now Among The Top Online Small Business Lenders in The United States

May 8, 2019
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Amazon has joined PayPal, OnDeck, Kabbage, and Square as being among the largest online small business lenders. On Tuesday, Amazon revealed that it had made more than $1 billion in small business loans to US-based merchants in 2018. Amazon says the capital is used to build inventory and support their Amazon stores. By selling on […]

Small Businesses Rank Online Lenders More Transparent Than Big Banks

April 16, 2019
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When it comes to business loans, small businesses say online lenders are more transparent than big banks. Specifically, 15% of respondents to a Federal Reserve survey reported challenges with transparency experienced at big banks versus only 12% with online lenders. Small businesses also ranked big banks worse on credit decision wait times, application process difficulty, […]

Direct Lending Fund CEO Resigns, Investigation

March 20, 2019
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In this dark blurry photo, Ross moderates an online lending panel in 2014 Direct Lending Fund CEO Brendan Ross, has resigned, according to Bloomberg News and numerous individuals identifying themselves as investors on an industry blog. The fund not only lost nearly 25% of its portfolio in a single sour investment, but it’s reported that […]

Elevate Reflects on Success of Fintech in Personal Loans

February 21, 2019
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The unsecured personal loan market hit an all-time high in 2018, jumping 17 percent year-over-year to $138 billion, according to data from TransUnion released today and featured in a CNBC story. “The rapid growth in consumer loans sits squarely on the shoulders of fintechs,” said Jason Laky, senior vice president and leader of TransUnion’s consumer […]

‘Peers’ Are Almost Gone From Lending Club’s Funding Mix

February 20, 2019
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Long gone are the days of peer-to-peer lending. On Tuesday, Lending Club, a pioneer in the peer-to-peer lending space, reported that only 6% of its Q4 originations came from individual self-managed accounts. Accounts professionally managed for individuals made up 16%, with the rest of the loans being funded by a combination of banks, institutions, and […]

LendingPoint Gets Even More Financing

February 4, 2019
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LendingPoint announced today that it has closed an increase of its mezzanine funding, a hybrid of debt and equity financing. The company’s mezzanine financing now totals more than $67.5 million. Paragon Outcomes Management LLC is the primary investor and was joined for this round by an unnamed co-investor. “Paragon Outcomes continues to provide outstanding support […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

July 23, 2018
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Credit Cards

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Australian Lenders Commit to Best Practices Code

July 10, 2018
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Six small business fintech lenders operating in Australia, including OnDeck, have signed a self-imposed “code of best practice lending principles,” according to a recent statement from Prospa, one of Australia’s largest online small business lenders. This comes shortly after Prospa paused its June IPO, having received a letter from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission […]

LendingPoint Gets Increase in Financing

June 28, 2018
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Tom Burnside, CEO, LendingPoint LendingPoint announced today that it closed an increase of its mezzanine financing, bringing the total of the facility from Paragon Outcomes Management to $52.5 million. Mezzanine financing is a hybrid of debt and equity financing. Paragon and LendingPoint initiated a relationship with its first credit facility in January 2017 for $20 […]

Report Demonstrates How Online Lenders Benefit Economy

May 31, 2018
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A report on “The Economic Benefits of Online Lending to Small Businesses and the U.S. Economy” was released yesterday, using data from 180,000 U.S. small businesses that represented nearly $10 billion in funding from 2015 to 2017. The report used data from five online lenders, including OnDeck, Kabbage and Lendio, and was sponsored by the […]

GreenSky Lists on the Nasdaq

May 25, 2018
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GreenSky IPO

Yesterday, GreenSky announced its initial public offering of 38,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at $23.00 per share. The shares of common stock now trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol “GSKY” and are valued at $24.77, as of the close of trading today. GreenSky facilitates point-of-sale financing that enables over 12,000 merchants to […]