What Happened to Lenders When These P2P Firms Closed?

With P2P lending company GraduRates closing down gently, I think its appropriate to take a look at the other companies that have gone out of business. Because I don’t want my money disappearing, do you? Let’s see what has happened in these past nine years…

Lenders Should Beware of Perverse Financial Incentives

Around 2004 or 2005, I can’t remember which, dentists suddenly started doing far more fillings and far less root canals. A few years later, German hospitals suddenly started doing lots more caesarean sections than previously. A few years after that, financial advisors in the UK suddenly…

Major Report Into Zopa

This is the Candid Opinion blog, and you won’t see research into P2P lending companies anywhere else as that is as candid as in all the 4thWay® Insight Reports. We’ve just published our detailed research report into the oldest P2P lending company in the world: Zopa. Read…

Pay Tax to Your Borrowers!

According to Assetz Capital, business and property P2P lending company, businesses that borrow through P2P should technically withhold tax from individual lenders. If true, it still doesn’t affect P2P lending companies that have consumer borrowers. Just business borrowers. On the Assetz website it says: One significant area…

Major Report into Lending Works

After lots of last minute punctuation and grammar corrections, we finally released yesterday our huge report into Lending Works. This is the P2P lending company that claims to be the safest and we think it might be right. Please take a look at Lending Works’ 4thWay®…

Standing Firm Under Pressure

This is the Candid Opinion blog and now it’s time to be candid about the 4thWay® Risk Ratings. We’re proud of our scoring system and we’ll only get more proud as it proves itself and as we improve on it. The feedback we’re getting from the…

Important Information on Bondora’s Grading and Interest Rates

Alongside our article on some very interesting changes coming this week at Bondora, the European P2P lending company, and my blog showing my opinions, here’s our Q&A with the chief executive officer and founder, Pärtel Tomberg. If you struggle with any technical or other difficult…

One Borrower Grading System to Rule Them All

I wrote this morning* about the latest news from European personal loans P2P lending company Bondora, which UK lenders can use to lend to borrowers in other countries. In a moment I’ll share my thoughts on Bondora’s changes and there’ll be a dark interlude into doctors killing patients,…

5 Ways to Spread Your Risks When There Aren’t Enough Loans

It’s all very well us telling you to spread your risk – diversify – across dozens or hundreds of loans, but what if a P2P lending company you’re interested in doesn’t have enough loans? Other than walking away, I think you have five choices: 1….

Major Report Into RateSetter

Once again, we have a new report into the outstanding P2P lending opportunity that is RateSetter, with interest rates up to 6% and the lowest 4thWay® Risk Rating of 10, which makes it just slightly short of savings accounts in terms of the risk of…

December Lending Blues

Zopa, the world’s oldest P2P lending Company, says its lenders set great store in transparency, so it has started to take steps to become much more open on when your money will be lent. This makes sense; we all become much more patient and complain less when we know…

P2P Lending Returns to Average 5%

Ever wondered what the average returns in P2P lending are? We wonder that all the time. We know average doesn’t mean much, but, like most people, we’re curious anyway. We have just launched the 4thWay® P2P Forecast Returns Index, which is the first index of P2P…

Major Report Into Funding Circle

Again, I’m abusing my position and writing a blog about one of our own products – and yet it is something I would have written about if another company had created it. This week we have continued our series of highly detailed, plain English, informative, candid…

Greed and Fear in P2P Lending

P2P lending is an investment and all investments go through cycles. It doesn’t matter what you invest in, be it shares, property or something else, all of them are driven up and down by supply-and-demand, greed and fear. It’s the last two that cause huge bubbles…

Detailed Research Report into Wellesley & Co.

We don’t intend to use our Candid Opinion blogs to brag about what we’re up to. But if it was another company producing high-quality research, we would inform you about it either in our news articles or in our candid blogs. However, it’s us setting…

Why I’m not worried about Wellesley’s P2PFA exit

My colleague, Matthew Howard, wrote just a few moments ago about Wellesley leaving the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). It seems quite possible that the company left due to differences over its savings bond. On the one hand, Wellesley & Co. is a peer-to-peer lender, matching borrowers and…

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