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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 P2P lending industry is that they think what we’re doing… Read more

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 bits, you can skip to the end for our summary…. Read more

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, insanity and financial theory, which is all more closely related… Read more

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. Spread your risk by investing over several weeks, rather than… Read more

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 losing a lot of money in one go. Each of… Read more

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 how long we’ve got to wait in line for. More… Read more

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 lending returns. It’s not the big one in terms of… Read more

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 4thWay® Insight Reports by publishing the next one, which is… Read more

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 and big crashes. Investing in P2P loans is not likely… Read more

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 the standard in P2P lending research. Our first 4thWay® Insight… 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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