Neil Faulkner

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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

Lendy Sends Shockwaves But No Surprises

From our point of view, it was never a good start for  Lendy, formerly called Saving Stream. Since the beginning, it never passed the basic, simple tests cited in principles one and three of 4thWay’s 10 P2P Investing Principles. In short, Lendy hasn’t provided enough information about its risks and rewards to be properly assessed… Read more

P2P Pensions Guide

Most people benefit from automatic tax breaks on peer-to-peer lending as explained in our guide: How Is Peer-to-Peer Lending Taxed? However, not everyone does, which can make lending through a pension attractive. And there are other advantages to lending in a pension. There are also cons though, so here’s everything you need to know: The main benefits of… 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

CrowdProperty Opens Up On Its Performance

We have some rare information about CrowdProperty‘s performance and it looks like it is finally opening up, allowing a wee bit of analysis of some the risks. This is great for me, because I’ve suspected that this is one of the rare P2P lending sites that is both secretive and yet – probably – very… Read more

ArchOver’s New Auto-Lend: The Right Kind Of Diversification

ArchOver* is now the latest established P2P lending site to introduce auto-lend combined with auto-diversification. The ArchOver Investment Plan, as it is called, does three very useful things, the third is about the type of diversification on offer, which is a feature that deserves expanding on. Firstly, most obviously, ArchOver’s auto-lending saves time for lenders who… 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

Tesla Bonds Prove P2P Lending Is Safer Investment

Many Tesla bond investors are complete lunatics. Today, I read on CNN that Tesla bonds have fallen in price so much that anyone buying its bonds due for repayment in 2025 will now effectively earn 8.6% annual interest. (A falling price for selling your bonds leads to a higher effective interest rate for the buyer.)… Read more

Proplend: Now You Can Auto-Lend On 50% LTV Property Loans

Proplend has launched an auto-lend feature for its “tranche A” property loans, whether you lend through its regular account or its IFISA. Proplend’s tranche A loans are for a maximum of 50% of the property’s valuation. Many loans are against properties that are earning income for the borrowers by being rented out (which have the highest, +++… Read more

LendingCrowd Earns A 4thWay PLUS Rating

As of today – the day we upgraded our ratings system – a new entrant to 4thWay’s PLUS Ratings is LendingCrowd. LendingCrowd* has completed over £34 million since 2014 in business loans and it offers an early exit if you are able to sell your loans on to other lenders. All of its lending accounts… 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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