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Crowd2Fund Versus Funding Circle: Which Is Better?

Crowd2Fund was one of the first P2P lending sites to be granted full authorisation by the financial regulator. It does loans to small businesses paying 8% to 12% interest, which you can wrap in an IFISA to earn tax-free interest. But is Crowd2Fund the best or is Funding Circle still the king of business lending?… Read more

Which Founders Lend Through Their Own P2P Lending Sites?

One of the two first questions* that Leigh Baker, 4thWay’s chief risk modeller, asks senior people in the industry is: “How much have you lent through your own P2P lending site?” What particularly interests us is not just the amount that the founders and other key people have lent their own cash, but also if… Read more

Does The FCA Really Make P2P Lending Safe?

Here’s a picture to show you what the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority does and what it doesn’t do to make P2P lending safer. The FCA has effectively blocked around 300 applications from businesses wanting to start a P2P lending site and I have seen its very strong moves to make existing P2P lending sites behave… Read more

Crowd2Fund Quick Expert Review

Here is a Quick Expert Review from one of our experts on Crowd2Fund, the business loans P2P lending site that pays around 9% interest with no bad debts since it started in 2015. Crowd2Fund Quick Expert Review Impeccable early results; interesting model for finding prime borrowers Crowd2Fund*, which started in 2015, is still small, barely… Read more

Which P2P Lending Sites Are Profitable?

We are regularly asked by 4thWay’s users about whether individual P2P lending websites make 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 money back or that you might not… Read more

Who Owns The P2P Lending Sites?

For fast-growing startup companies – which includes most P2P lending sites – being profitable isn’t usually the best measure of whether it will succeed. This is especially the case since most of them are not profitable. And you don’t expect them to be. They need and want to grow rapidly and to do so they have… Read more

Small, Extra Risk In Buying Second-Hand FundingSecure Loans

With most P2P lending sites, the interest is paid to the original lender and any new lender buying second-hand loan parts just buys the actual loan part. However,  with FundingSecure, when you sell a loan part then the new lender buys the loan plus all the accrued interest in the loan. For the buyer, this presents… 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

10 Ways To Get Your P2P Lending Money Back!

This guide will tell you how to lend more swiftly or get set up so you can get your money back as soon as you want it. (Skip straight to the 10 ways to lend faster or get your money back more quickly.) But some of you might be wondering why we’re making this fuss… Read more

Secured Loans Vs Provision Funds. Which P2P Sites Offer Both?

Confused about whether to go for P2P lending sites that offer secured lending or those that have provision funds to pay for potential losses? Fear not! I’ll show you the difference in a jiffy. I’ll also giving you a goldmine of information on some of the better quality – and not so good quality –… Read more

Today’s average interest rates

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Showing average expected interest rates for individual lenders after fees and bad debts if you lend today.
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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.
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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.

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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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