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Is Government P2P Lending A Sign Of Quality?

For the past seven years, a handful of government-funded banks have been lending through P2P lending sites. Peer-to-peer lending sites reference national and international government lending through their online platforms as if it is an indication of quality. MarketInvoice, for example says: “Investors on our platform include high net worth individuals, institutional investors and government… Read more

How To Lend Across Multiple IFISAs In One Year!

As you may know, you can only open one IFISA in a tax year, which runs from 6th April to 5th April, and this limits your ability to spread your money and the risks across lots of provider. But you’re wrong! You are actually allowed to open lots of IFISAs in one tax year. The… Read more

Extra Risk In Buying Second-Hand FundingSecure Loans

With most P2P lending sites, the interest is paid to the original lender and any new lender buying second-hand loan parts just buys the actual loan part. The extra risk for FundingSecure that I have identified in this following article also likely applies to BLEND Network. When a borrower repays early However, with FundingSecure, when… Read more

Does Landbay’s £1 Billion Deal Affect You?

Landbay has just announced that a “major financial institution” will lend another £1 billion through it. Landbay has previously arranged over £300 million in loans, with most of that coming from regular lenders. I asked Landbay* some of the key questions that our experts at 4thWay use when gathering information about institutional lending. Here is… Read more

Which Peer-To-Peer Lending Sites Have Institutional Lending?

Peer-to-peer institutional lending – that’s lending from banks and the like – is becoming a bigger theme as the P2P industry grows. And institutional lending could actually impact individual lenders’ results. Below, I’m listing a lot of the peer-to-peer lending sites that have been the beneficiaries of institutional lending, excluding lending from governmental institutions. Where… Read more

Is Institutional Lending In Peer-To-Peer Good For You?

Landbay announced yesterday that a “major financial institution” is going to lend £1 billion through it. But what is peer-to-peer institutional lending, how widespread is it, and, the key question: Is institutional lending a good or bad sign for individual lenders doing P2P? I’ll get to that. I must warn you that this is a… Read more

Lending Works And HNW Lending PLUS Ratings Updates

HNW Lending PLUS Rating update HNW Lending* now has 3/3 PLUSes – the highest and top 4thWay PLUS Rating – on both its senior loans and junior loans. Previously, its junior loans had a 2/3 PLUS Rating. For junior loans, its 4thWay Risk Score ticked down one to 6/10, i.e. the score got one point… Read more

Latest 4thWay PLUS Rating News

4thWay’s experts are now part-way through their latest reassessment of the P2P lending sites’ (and P2P IFISA providers’) 4thWay PLUS Ratings. As usual, they took the opportunity to make measurable improvements to our ratings methodology. All the improvements make the 4thWay team feel better, because they ironed out a couple of creases. But, on this… Read more

Which P2P Lending Sites Are Profitable?

We are regularly asked by 4thWay’s users about whether an individual P2P lending site is profitable – whether it is making money. Their concern is that if these websites are not profitable then they will go bust. Or, rather, the concern is that if they go bust it will take much longer to get your… Read more

The P2P Lending Site You Should Be Lending Through

One of the P2P lending sites that I think is not used enough by lenders is Lending Works*, which does personal loans to creditworthy borrowers – mostly prime borrowers. Why are lenders ignoring Lending Works? I think Lending Works just doesn’t appear, at first site, to tick all boxes for some lenders. Two boxes in… Read more

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers “bonds”. Unlike its P2P lending service, its bonds don’t allow you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers two “bonds”, one of which is available as an ISA.

Unlike its P2P lending service, neither of these bonds allows you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers two “bonds”, one of which is available as an ISA.

Unlike its P2P lending service, neither of these bonds allows you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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Why are Orchard’s interest rates different?

Orchard’s lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Orchard’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers “bonds”. Unlike its P2P lending service, its bonds don’t allow you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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