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Neil Faulkner, 4thWay Head of Research

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Neil Faulkner is 4thWay CEO and Head of Research. 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.”

Best Innovative Finance ISAs In 2021

What are the best Innovative Finance ISAs? I have pulled out all of the IFISAs on the market that meet very high standards and have extremely good prospects for lenders. In selecting the best Innovative Finance ISAs in 2021 – or indeed in any year – I want to see excellent historical results, strict standards when… Read more

How Useful Are Borrower Guarantees In Peer-To-Peer Lending?

Borrowers provide personal and even corporate guarantees to say that their own personal or other business assets, including cash and their residences, can potentially be called upon to pay off a business debt. The business debt might be a small business loan or a property loan, such as a property-development loan or a residential buy-to-let… Read more

RateSetter Review – Investment Analysis By 4thWay

4thWay’s RateSetter Review RateSetter is sold to Metro Bank and repays all lenders with a profit RateSetter itself was sold to Metro Bank in 2020 and was no longer available to new lending. In early 2021, RateSetter’s P2P loans were sold to Metro Bank. All lenders in RateSetter made a profit on their lending since… Read more

Lending Works Review

Below is the latest Lending Works review given by one of 4thWay’s specialists. 4thWay’s Quick Expert Lending Works Review A good risk-reward balance in ordinary times, but shocks are shaking confidence of existing lenders Lending Works review: their best-rated product This account is currently paying interest for new lenders lending in 2021. Note that existing… Read more

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

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

Funding Circle Review In 2021 For Investors

4thWay’s Funding Circle Review Key findings for my Funding Circle Review My gut feeling about Funding Circle is sort of positive, but sadly not supported by enough information. With less information now coming from Funding Circle, it’s become a touch too difficult for lenders and independent analysts to assess its performance and ability. This Funding… 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

Proplend Review

This is a Proplend review, written by one of our specialists. You can find more reviews in our comparison tables. 4thWay’s Proplend Review Fantastically good property security, usually backed up by steady rent, and excellent returns for lenders. Proplend Review: their best-rated product This account has been paying interest after bad debts. Read about the… Read more

SoMo Review

One of 4thWay’s specialists has recently updated the SoMo Review, summarising the key points. (If you’ve come here for the BridgeCrowd Review, BridgeCrowd has now become SoMo.) It will probably take 9-10 minutes to read the main section. If you want to read the extra detail we go into on some topics underneath, it’ll take… Read more

Update on HNW Lending’s Pause In Lending

Update on 15th October, 2020 The initial article from August is below, but here’s an update as of 15th October, 2020. HNW Lending has informed 4thWay that, roughly two weeks ago, the FCA said it’s “a matter of weeks not months now” before coming to its new conclusions on HNW Lending. HNW Lending believes it… Read more

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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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