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Investors - LC / Any New Loans Lately?
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:00:00 AM »
It happens to Prosper as well.  Not only are there fewer loans for both platforms but also the quality of the higher risk loans has deteriorated--especially for Prosper.  It is common to see loan listings with 2 public records and 40-50% debt-to-income ratios on Prosper. 

It's probably seasonal, but it is also likely that lending growth has reached a plateau for now.  My returns for the two platforms have also been declining, with my LC account doing better than my Prosper account, 12%+ v. 10%+.  I am still doing this manually, but at some point, it will no longer be worth the time and effort, especially with some of my best stock funds cranking out 12% on average for the past 10 years.

Investors - P / Prosper--OK, you win!
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:00:00 AM »
I have been investing with Prosper for a year and a half now, but I have not been able to pick up any good D and E loans that meet my criteria lately.  The really good ones are gone literally in the first few seconds of listing, whereas there was a sufficient supply (if not an abundance) of these a year ago. 

I know the competition for loans has been heating up.  But I am not reinvesting my payments into Prosper for several reasons:

1.  As I wrote before, if I can't get at least 11%, there is no point in doing this actively.  I have mutual funds that have been churning out 12% on average for the past 10 years without myself doing anything.  And given the drought of good D and E loans, I don't believe I can maintain 11% returns.  In fact, good C loans get filled very quickly as well.  And the drop in interest rates doesn't help either. 

2.  Prosper is not interested in leveling the playing field for small investors.  How can the small fish have a fighting chance if they just let the big boys pick up half of the loan or the full loan in the first few seconds?  We have been talking about imposing percentage and time moratorium on this, but it has fallen on deaf ears.

3.  I definitely understand that not everyone has the time to manually pick the loans, and there is a reason for auto-invest and APIs.  But as I pointed out many times before, this would lead to cut-throat type of frontrunning just like what they have with high-frequency trading in the stock market.  And eventually, only the ones with the best APIs and fastest servers will grab the best loans.  And who is most likely to win in this game?  Again the institutional players with deep pockets.  Prosper allows this to happen more than LC. 

You guys will have one less competitor. 
Investors - P / Prosper Returns Dropping?
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:00:00 AM »
Plus the fact that there are far fewer high quality loans in the D-HR categories.  And the dearth of good ones are gone in literally seconds.
I also don't see any reason why they have to drag out the listing period, except  because they don't want bots and people alike all scrambling to get a piece of the pie within the first 10 minutes, only to end up jamming their servers.  Actually, there is a simple solution.  If they banned anyone from grabbing 50% of a loan during the first hour or even the first 1/2 hour, at least for those of us investing manually, we wouldn't have to rush through. 
I can still recall that right after 9/11, there were gas stations exploiting the situation by jacking up gas prices.  Following your line of reasoning, there is nothing immoral even about that, since they weren't "stealing or committing fraud"?   How about legalizing the sale of organs?  There is an ample supply of poor people in the third world who are ready to part with one of their kidneys for $20k or less.  They can never afford to buy from us, since we would probably be charging 10 times or more to be willing to forgo one of our kidneys.  Just by sheer luck of natural lottery, we from the first world could buy a whole bunch of spare organs from them and perhaps even resell them at a profit!  And there is nothing immoral about taking advantage of people in dire straits.

from: dontvote on November 02, 2013, 04:26:54 PM
Investors - LC / "Borrower Contacted LendingClub," etc.
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
Would you still sell a late note on Folio if the collection log keeps saying, "Borrower contacted LendingClub"?  How about "Borrower contacted Collection Agency"?  What are the chances of borrowers making good their late payments if they contacted LC or collection agencies? 
Investors - P / Prosper Files 10-Q for Q2-2013
« on: August 25, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
They spent $2.3 million more on marketing and advertising in Q2 than in Q1, but their total revenue had increased only by $1.7 million. Obviously, their advertising campaign has not been very effective or not effective enough. 

Marketing and Advertising: from $1.57 million in Q1 to $3.88 million in Q2;
Total Revenue: from $1.7m Q1 to $3.4m in Q2.

That is probably the reason why their CFO has resigned. 

Investors - LC / LC website crashed?
« on: August 19, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
Same thing.  I suspect their system was overloaded with tens of thousands of investors, institutions and individuals alike, scrambling to take a piece of the pie at the moment the listings were out.  With some big investors gaming the system, it causes even more investors to try to front-run one another at these times.
Investors - LC / More gaming of the system ver 2.0?
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
I am wondering whether the big guys themselves have complained about this to LC.  Presumably, they are also trying to frontrun each other to get at the best loans at the quickest possible time.  They can't possibly not notice what we have been noticing--that some folks with deep pockets are gaming the system. 

Investors - LC / Competing with institutional lenders for notes.
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
I talked about the practice of front-running that is increasingly brazen in this thread on Prosper:

This is true for LC as well.  I added $25 to a loan that just came out on the LC platform today.  But when I clicked "Continue" about 10 seconds later, it just vanished.  I am reposting that particular post:

Quote"> from: investforfreedom on July 13, 2013, 01:03:18 AM
Investors - LC / 36 months vs 60 months
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
I did some amortization calculations--on the presupposition that most defaults occur during the first 10 months.  I am using the example of a borrower who is borrowing a $20,000 loan rated at grade C1:  (In the interest of simplicity, I did not take into account the fees charged by LC.)

(A) For a $20,000 C1 36-month loan at 17.32%, the monthly payment would be $716.24. And 10 months' cumulative payment would be $7162.4, which would be 35.81% of the principal invested.  If the borrower defaults on the 11th month, the investor would lose 64.19% of the capital.

If the borrower does not default and makes every single payment, the investor would receive $5784.64 worth of interest over the life of the loan. This means that the investor would have a total cumulative return of 28.92% ($5784.64/$20,000) over a period of 3 years. 

(B) For the $20,000 C1 60-month loan at 16%, the monthly payment would be $486.36.  And 10 months' cumulative payment would be $4863.6, which would be 24.32% of the principal invested.  If the borrower defaults on the 11th month, the investor would lose 75.68% of the capital.

If the borrower does not default and makes every single payment, the investor would receive $9181.60 worth of interest over the life of the loan.  This means that the investor would have a total cumulative return of 45.91% ($9181.6/$20,000) over a period of 5 years. 

The question then is whether for 60-month loans, the higher returns for the longer loan term outweigh the risk of greater loss of capital (as compared to 36-month loans) should the borrower default during the first 10 months. 

I hope this helps.  (IMHO, one should have a good balance of 36- and 60-month loans.)

General P2P Lending Discussion / How much to invest in p2p lending
« on: July 05, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
I couldn't agree more.  35% is excessive, IMO.  It reminds me of folks putting a large number of their retirement nest eggs into tech or biotech in the go-go days of the late 1990s. 

One thing you can do is to regularly withdraw part of the interest received from your p2p investments.  If you receive $100 worth of interest per month, withdraw, say, $50 dollars.  You would recoup at least part of the principal if either LC or Prosper went south for any reason in a few years.  This is like collecting rent on your rental property.  After some years, you recoup your investment capital and then any rent received thereafter is pure profit. 

If you have an IRA account, regular monthly withdrawals in the sense of cashing out are not quite feasible.  That's why I don't invest in retirement accounts, precisely because p2p lending is still an unproven investment.  I want the cash withdrawn monthly from my p2p accounts to be used for other purposes. 

from: Rob L on July 01, 2013, 03:43:25 AM
Investors - LC / Feeling Irritable!
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
Any statistical profiles of borrowers who are likely to pay off early?  My LC account is relatively young, so I hesitate to make statistical generalizations, but for my Prosper account, I have more than 14% of notes paid off early.  And these are mostly borrowers with high income.  My return at LC could take quite a hit if I had a similar percentage of borrowers paying off early. 
Investors - LC / Do you consider $35,000 a red flag?
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:00:00 PM »
I did a quick look at loans starting 07/2009 and ending 04/2013 using Lendstats:

For credit card and debt consolidation 60-month loans between $30000 and $35000, the loss rates are as follows:

D: 8.5%
E:  9.7%
F: 11.3%
G: 10.7%

For the same loan categories of 60-month loans up to $29999, the loss rates are as follows:

D: 7.9%
E: 9%
F: 10.9%
G: 11.8%

It seems that $30,000-$35000 D-F loans are generally speaking just a tad riskier than smaller loans, but by not much. 
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