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Neil Faulkner is 4thWay co-founder, CEO and chief editor. He has this to say about himself:

“My background is diverse, including a long stint as a financial and investment journalist, and media spokesperson for investing website The Motley Fool. I quit to spend a year interviewing CEOs and other key people at P2P lending sites, and working alongside specialists at 4thWay from the fields of banking, lending and debt investments, in order to become one of the world’s leading experts on peer-to-peer lending, before the eventual launch of 4thWay five years ago.

“Since then, I have continued to hone my knowledge through thousands of hours of research and interviews, and by leading a very much data-led organisation, with talented and experienced colleagues from a range of useful backgrounds.

“I believe I am the most quoted independent commentator on the industry in the UK’s national media, and I am consulted by the FCA, financial advisor groups and industry CEOs on important industry topics.”

RateSetter Review

Here’s the RateSetter Review from one of our experts. 4thWay’s RateSetter Review My review in one sentence RateSetter will beat savings accounts and cash ISAs most of the time for decades to come. What RateSetter does RateSetter offers peer-to-peer investors and IFISA investors a blend of different types of lending. It mostly does UK personal… Read more

Personal Peer-To-Peer Lending: It’s Underrated!

Before you start to assess a P2P lending website or IFISA provider that does personal loans, it really helps to understand the characteristics and features of personal peer-to-peer lending. In other words: what are you getting into when you lend your money in these loans, what features of personal peer-to-peer lending make it different to… Read more

Zopa Review – An Analyst’s Review Of Zopa For Lenders

This is an analytical Zopa review for lenders (otherwise known as investors). You can also visit our peer-to-peer lending comparison tables or IFISA tables to see how Zopa compares. 4thWay’s Zopa Review The oldest peer-to-peer lending website shows its maturity in its results. Full Zopa review: starting with Zopa news Turning to what’s new in… Read more

Which P2P Lending Sites Offer FSCS Protection?

Your cash – but not loans – held by a P2P lending site may or may not be covered by the FSCS. I’ll give my view on how important this protection is, explain why not all sites offer it, and give you a list of the P2P lending sites where the FSCS situation has been… Read more

How To Check The Financial Services Register For Monsters

Peer-to-peer lending websites and IFISA providers that do not appear to have the correct permission from the financial regulator are the ones that are most likely to turn out to be the real monsters that cause panic, fear and financial loss to individuals. Below, you will see the most basic way to use the Financial… Read more

What’s Happened To Crowd2Fund? Update 2019

Crowd2Fund looked like it was going to take off. It was going to raise millions of pounds in startup funding through its own users this year. It was going to hire experienced staff. And it was going to become very transparent with its data, so that we can all see just how well it’s doing…. Read more

The Safest 20% Returns In P2P Lending

“Safe” and “20%” interest is probably not a phrase that you can legitimately hear. But “safest” and “20%” is something else. You can hear it once and once only. Because, of all the opportunities where you might be able to earn that return, one of them has to be the safest among them. What’s key… Read more

Crowd2Fund Review

Here is a Quick Expert Crowd2Fund Review from one of our experts. 4thWay’s Quick Expert Crowd2Fund Review Needs to provide more information to prove its inexperienced team are capable of maintaining good results into the future. When did Crowd2Fund start? Crowd2Fund*, which started small business peer-to-peer lending in 2015, has now lent . What interesting… Read more

Funding Circle Review

Here’s a Funding Circle review from one of 4thWay’s experts. (You can see all the Quick Expert Reviews in our comparison tables.) 4thWay’s Quick Expert Funding Circle Review Interest rates worry me, and it’s become too difficult for lenders and analysts to assess its current performance. When did Funding Circle start? Funding Circle has completed… Read more

Biiiiig Growth Street Update On Bad Debts, Reserve Fund And Super-Large Loans

My main research focus over the past few weeks has been on re-interviewing Growth Street*, probing for more details, and pushing it for better quality data. This article covers all that, with my usually candid opinions thrown in. Check out my three-minute summary and, if you are really interested in Growth Street, slog through the… Read more

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There's the savings way, the property way, the stock-market way, and now there's the peer-to-peer lending way. The 4thWay® to save and invest.
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We help people save and make more money, more safely when they cut out the banks and lend directly to other people and to businesses.

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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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