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Neil Faulkner

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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.”

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

Growth Street ISA: Is It P2P, What Are The Risks & Does It Beat The Classic Account?

There’s a lot for lenders to learn about the Growth Street ISA, launched in 2019. Take a dive into all the important aspects right here, and find out how it compares to the Growth Street’s ordinary lending account. The Growth Street ISA is covered by the reserve fund Just ticking off a simple point first,… Read more

Thoughts On Lendy And BondMason Closures

This is just a brief note on the two recent P2P lending site closures. Lendy has closed after lenders suffered a high amount of late and bad debt, as well as very expensive legal problems, among other things. (I wrote about some of its issues last year in Lendy Sends Shockwaves But No Surprises.) BondMason… Read more

Create A Balanced ISA Portfolio

This is quite a bit of fun for me today. I’m going to look beyond peer-to-peer lending to my old, very well-trodden stomping ground of shares and savings, where I spent nearly 20 years of my life before peer-to-peer lending took over. If you want to form a portfolio of ISAs containing different kinds of… 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

4thWay CEO’s 7 Top Property IFISA Picks

A property IFISA is a tax-free investment account where you can lend to borrowers who have real property – real estate – to back up those loans. This piece is based on a vast amount of research over many years. I could have easily made it about the top 10 or even 20 property IFISAs…. Read more

Future Reserve Fund Shock To Upset Many P2P Lenders

I’m going to explain some of the strengths and limitations of reserve funds. Then I’m going to write about three simple steps you can take to give yourself the level of safety you probably want and have expected all along, to get yourself prepared for reserve fund failure. Because on talking to several 4thWay users,… Read more

Man Down!

One of your fellow 4thWay webite users, “JamesFrance”, has now retired from the user panel that governs 4thWay, after working voluntarily on your behalf for several years to ensure 4thWay remains independent. 4thWay’s Panel of Peers ensures our accuracy, impartiality, and candid research. James, I want to give you a big thanks on behalf of… Read more

How 4thWay’s CEO Selects P2P Lending Sites

I have always invested in investments that are relatively easy to analyse, so that I have a good chance of being able to weigh up the risk-reward balance properly, and invest with a large margin of safety. The types of investments I choose also need to come with total costs that are low enough to… Read more

5 Reasons Why Lending to Residential Landlords Is The Lowest Risk

Lending to residential buy-to-let landlords is intrinsically the safest kind of lending available to lenders through P2P. I’ll give you the five reasons for this in no particular order, since it’s all good: The bricks-and-mortar are already there Firstly, since the properties already exist and are not merely building sites with promise (like lending to… 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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