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Lending Club Discussion => General Lending Club Discussion => Topic started by: fliphusker on September 05, 2016, 11:00:00 PM

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Post by: fliphusker on September 05, 2016, 11:00:00 PM
I never read the article but only read Zentner from LR response on Seeking Alpha. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/how-lending-club-s-biggest-fanboy-uncovered-shady-loans

Re article entitled, “How Lending Club’s Biggest Fanboy Uncovered Shady Loans” (Aug. 18):

We were disappointed to read your article entitled “How Lending Club’s Biggest Fanboy Uncovered Shady Loans” in which you mischaracterize several attributes of the Lending Club platform.

Your reporter Max Chafkin opens his story by citing “critics” who claim Lending Club is a “credit crisis waiting to happen.” He cites neither evidence nor critics beyond a single disgruntled investor. Far from precipitating a crisis, Lending Club has helped consumers to save $1.4 billion in lower interest payments and enabled investors to earn an average of 5 percent to 9 percent, which compares very favorably with alternatives.

As to the claim that by not identifying borrowers who have two loans, investors are “leaving money on the table,” this reveals a misunderstanding of how our platform works. Loans are priced according to the borrower’s credit profile at the time the loan is taken out, so a borrower may have two loans with different rates. As an example, if a borrower uses their loan to pay off existing credit card debt, their FICO score would likely improve. If they take out a second loan -- we allow maximum of two concurrent loans with a maximum exposure of $50,000 -- they may reasonably get a lower rate. Our approach ensures interest rates are fair to both parties.

We acknowledge the criticism stemming from recent events and view this as an opportunity to make Lending Club a stronger company. It’s unfortunate that your article focused on the unsubstantiated opinions of a single investor, rehashing issues we have already disclosed, when in fact Lending Club has enabled significant financial benefits for millions of people.

Scott Sanborn
Chief Executive Officer of Lending Club
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Post by: SLCPaladin on October 05, 2016, 11:00:00 PM
I read both the original article and Sandborn's response, which I felt was adequate. I get the sense that the sentiment has changed and that LC is doing a fairly decent job of righting the ship, although much remains to be determined. Q3 conference call should be insightful.
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Post by: anabio on October 05, 2016, 11:00:00 PM
from: fliphusker on September 06, 2016, 07:59:15 PM
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Post by: RT45 on October 05, 2016, 11:00:00 PM
There is definitely a high correlation that if two loans are outstanding and one goes bad, the other is very likely to go bad as well.

Also agree, that investors should have the information disclosed as it materially impacts someone's decision on which loan to invest in and the risk level.