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Crowd BTL Investing: Landbay vs CrowdLords

Landbay* is a P2P lending website that allows you to lend your money to experienced buy-to-let investors. CrowdLords is not P2P lending. It’s being a buy-to-let investor yourself, albeit as part of a crowd of landlords sharing a property. Note that CrowdLords is for people classified as “high-net worth” or “sophisticated investors”. Still, the following article… Read more

P2P Lending: “This will not end well”

The Sunday Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper, recently had an article that started like this: “Is peer-to-peer lending out of control? There’s certainly some cause for concern.” It cited the industry’s rapid growth as one of the reasons for this worry. To back this up, it quoted Tania Modic, head of Western Investments Capital, a family-office based… Read more

3 Key Things When Choosing P2P Lending Sites

With the growth of peer-to-peer lending websites there are a few things that we individual lenders need to be sure of before we invest our hard earned money. 1. How P2P lending websites assess borrowers Critical to achieving a decent return is understanding the true risk of the potential borrower and the interest charged: are… Read more

The Biblical Importance of Legal Covenants

Thanks to David and UK Bond Network for letting us pinch this educational article from their own blog. Legal covenants are of vital importance to investors when investing in debt of any kind – be it personal loans, business loans (including minibonds), corporate bonds (as issued via UKBN), or indeed government bonds. This importance is twofold:… Read more

CapitalStackers: High Property Returns With Lower Risk

I interviewed CapitalStackers‘* Steve Robson, Director, who filled me in on some interesting aspects about the property P2P lending website. Firstly, I should note that CapitalStackers’ minimum lending amount is £5,000. The service is generally only available to people classed as sophisticated investors or high-net worth, or those who self-certify that you understand development and rental property… Read more

P2P Lending Funds, Bonds and Shares

This is the first article in a new series for 4thWay®, covering investment on the edges of P2P lending. That means alternative ways to invest in the P2P lending sector without lending directly to borrowers yourself. These might either help you spread your risks, manage your portfolio of loans or increase your gains. To kick… Read more

Bring Out The Sceptic In You

Adapted from 4thWay co-founder Neil Faulkner’s new book on P2P lending strategy, read why it is that you should question everything when investing. Part of the reason you’re reading this website is that you’re a natural sceptic. It’s your job as an investor – for lending is a type of *investing* – to be sceptical…. Read more

Five Ways To Spot a P2P Lending Bubble

With bond interest rates plummeting to near zero, it is only a matter of time before a lot of people lost money, as was explained in yesterday’s FT article Bond market fireworks flash warning signals. When bond interest rates drop, it means people are paying too high a price to buy the bonds. Bonds are a… Read more

Lending Works Suffers First Bad Debts

For most peer-to-peer lending companies, a bad debt amounting to a mere 0.15% is not noteworthy. But it’s different for Lending Works. Because this is the first time it has suffered at least one bad loan. Prior to now, its 16-month record of nearly 2,000 loans had logged zero bad debts. Now, of the loans it issued… Read more

Beware These Questionable P2P Lending Practices

Research by Cambridge University shows the UK is now storming ahead of its European neighbours in its acceptance and use of alternative finance, with the market swelling to £1.9bn in 2014. Although this growth is great, its speed, together with the newness of the sector, means that regulation has lagged behind, leaving investors in some… 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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