From approximately July 2015 until May 2017, Prosper excluded certain non-performing loans from its calculation of annualized net returns that it reported to its investors, according to an SEC order released last Friday. The order found that Prosper reported overstated annualized net returns to more than 30,000 investors on individual account pages on Prosper’s website […]
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 […]
Back in 2014, peer to peer (P2P) lending in China was all the rage. Multiple P2P platforms were launching daily, with investors and borrowers were eager to participate. According to South China Morning Post, the P2P lending frenzy hit its peak in 2015 when about 3,500 P2P businesses were operating. Now, these same businesses are […]
In the second quarter of 2018, Lending Club originated a record high of $2.8 billion, up 31% from the same time last year. Net revenue also hit a record high of $177 million, up 27% year-over-year. During today’s earning call, Lending Club CEO Scott Sanborn said that the company completed a successful securitization this quarter […]
Facebook and Snapchat might be the last things that employees are being distracted by these days. Instead it’s Coinbase and Blockfolio, two cryptocurrency apps, that are quickly stealing the attention of young finance professionals. And the interest in Bitcoin, Ethereum and alt coins is causing some in the industry to wonder if the phenomenon can […]
Above: Lending Club tells new investors that 99% of portfolios aren’t losing money New retail investors interested in the Lending Club platform are greeted with a friendly statistic, that “99% of portfolios with 100+ Notes have seen positive returns.” That’s a slippery statement, which is probably why they footnoted it. The footnote says that only […]
When Lending Club announced they were discontinuing F and G grade notes on their platform for investors, I wasn’t surprised. Investors in general have been reporting disappointing returns, even dipping into negative territory some months. My own portfolio there is on track to generate a loss for 2017, which seems even worse when I consider […]
Lending Club’s latest quarterly report revealed the future of their platform, as a conduit for banks to make personal loans. As illustrated below, banks have gone from funding only 13% of originations three quarters ago to 44% of all originations in the most recent quarter. That’s an increase from $265 million to $955 million. Source: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As per the new propsosed cap, an individual lender can only provide loans US$30 on one platform, and cannot lend more than US$150,000 in total.
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.
“We have so many fans but we also have some people here that are looking to take advantage of us, that are here for a short term trade and they won’t be part of this industry.” – Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace Ron Suber may have been talking about specific players in the capital […]