Candid Opinion

Click "Learn" to get help

P2P Lending Cashback: Where Can You Get A Great Lending Bonus?

A P2P lending site should convincingly pass a lot of tests before you trust it with your money. Getting a cheap cashback bribe is usually way, way down at the bottom of that checklist. You want to assess the risks first and the interest rate compared to the risks is much more important. You see, if… Read more

How Lending Works’ Insurance Against Losses Works

Prime personal loans P2P lending site Lending Works* is one of a smaller number of P2P lending sites that uses insurance to protect lenders from specific situations. What the insurance does for lenders Lending Works’ insurance could pay out if and when a borrower is unable to meet loan repayments: It could do this when the… Read more

P2P Lending: How And When You Can Access Your Money

This guide tells you how most P2P lending sites work when it comes to you being able to exit your loans. (There are exceptions that work in different ways that aren’t covered here.) Getting your money back when using autolend Some P2P lending accounts spread your money across loans automatically or have similar “autobid” features…. Read more

Fact Check: RateSetter Hit By £80m Of Struggling Loans

Not enough time to read this 4,000 word report? See the simple, plain English summary here.   In this report: The Guardian says: RateSetter* was hit by £80m of problem loans. Is that true? Significant mistakes admitted by RateSetter. The risks and rewards at RateSetter have significantly worsened. My verdict on whether to sell your… Read more

Should I Sell RateSetter Loans?

One of my colleagues wrote a 4,000-word report on RateSetter*, explaining some recent troubles it has had as well as his opinion on whether individual lenders should sell RateSetter loans now. It’s called Fact Check: RateSetter Hit By £80m Of Struggling Loans. I know that many of you don’t have the time to soak up… Read more

The IFISA (P2P ISA) Guide

IFISAs in five bullet points IFISAs offer tax-free lending on contributions of up to £20,000 per tax year (which always starts on 6th April), but most people can lend tax free outside an IFISA anyway. Over the years you could open a string of IFISAs. However, you cannot have new contributions for the tax year spread across… Read more

The 3 Top Property P2P Lending Sites To Lend In Now

This piece has been updated since first publication in February 2017. Here is my personal list of the absolute three top property P2P lending sites from among the many excellent property lending opportunities. 1. The top property P2P lending site I’m very sorry to be boring, but this is not surprising to any of you already… Read more

4 Business Loans Peer-to-Peer Lending Websites

  Last updated 20 July 2017. Banks don’t cater for small businesses needing money as well as they do for individualy. Part of the reason for banks’ caution in lending to small businesses is that it’s a little harder to see how risky it is to lend to a particular business than to an individual and… Read more

23 Property Peer-to-Peer Lending Websites

A few property peer-to-peer lending websites offer loans that are intrinsically low risk, such as homeowner mortgages, residential buy-to-let mortgages and commercial buy-to-let mortgages. In other words, the properties are receiving rent. Other property peer-to-peer lending websites offer loans that are intrinsically higher risk, such as development loans and bridging loans. (See sidebox, below right, on “What are bridging… Read more

How Much You Lose If A P2P Lending Website Goes Bust

This page was originally written in 2015 and has recently been updated. There are all sorts of reasons why a P2P lending website may no longer be able to pay its bills. It might run out of start-up funding before it has started to earn enough money. It might succumb to better, more nimble competition. It… Read more

Today’s average interest rates

4thWay® Forecast Returns Index: 5.19%

Showing average expected interest rates for individual lenders after fees and bad debts if you lend today.
Read about the first P2P lending index.

What is the “4thWay”?

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.
Learn more.

What does 4thWay do?

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.

Why use 4thWay?

4thWay® is shaped by investors, bank risk modellers and a senior debt specialist, and we're governed by our users to ensure our comparison services and research are trustworthy and complete.

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.

Got it

×

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.

Got it

×

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.

Got it

×

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.

Got it

×

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.

Got it

×
Back to top