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Why P2P Lending Should Be A Sizeable Part Of Your Retirement Planning

Has P2P lending outperformed long-run returns from the stock market, and with more stability? Where to look for information on shares I’d like to start by crediting the research on shares – and bonds – by Credit Suisse and the London Business School. If you can get hold of the Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns… Read more

Reserve Funds Don’t Give Full Protection, But There’s Something Better

RateSetter (which recently closed its P2P business with all lenders in profit after being sold to Metro Bank) and Lending Works* both had to adjust lending interest rates during the pandemic to cover the additional losses from the recession. Their reserve funds alone didn’t cover the full amount of bad debts. Some Assetz Capital* lenders… Read more

Fend Off Peer-To-Peer Lending Fraud & Incompetence – A Checklist

In China, the number of websites offering lending platforms reached more than 2,000. For a long time, after that, 80 of them were being closed down every month due to peer-to-peer lending fraud or incompetence. The UK is far from China in more ways than one. But, wherever there is money, fraud and incompetence will… Read more

How To Assess The People Behind P2P Personal Or Business Lending Platforms

One of the key things to understand when putting your money into a lending account is the competence and character of the people behind the P2P lending company in question. While I can’t distill all 4thWay’s acquired knowledge and method for scrutinising key people, I’m going to pack in tips on what to look for… Read more

10 Ways To Get Your P2P Lending Money Back!

This guide will tell you how to lend more swiftly through peer-to-peer lending accounts and IFISAs or get set up so you can get your money back as soon as you want it. (Skip down the page to the 10 ways to lend faster or get your money back more quickly.) But some of you… Read more

How To Lend Across Multiple IFISAs In One Year!

As you may know, you can only open one IFISA in a tax year, which runs from the 6th of April to the 5th of April, and this limits your ability to spread your money and the risks across lots of providers. But you’re wrong! You’re actually allowed to open lots of Innovative Finance ISAs… Read more

What Lending Works Has Got Wrong

Lending Works has said to us that lenders have expressed support of it during the pandemic. And we have corroborating evidence that it’s probably a minority of lenders who are truly angry. Yet there’s certainly some anger going around. While it has so far justified its 4thWay PLUS Ratings, in some areas, Lending Works has mis-stepped… Read more

Why Does P2P Lending Pay Investors Higher Rates Than Bonds?

P2P lending often pays better than bonds and there are several reasons for this: Illiquidity Most people invest in bonds through bond funds, where they can sell their shares in those fund right away, even though the bondholders (the actual borrowers) have not repaid their debts yet. A lot of investors appreciate the possibility of… Read more

Has Anyone Lost Money At Lending Works And How Variable Are Lending Results? (P.S. Please Don’t Unsubscribe)

Have any Lending Works lenders lost money? Due to the pandemic, Lending Works* put existing lenders on negative interest rates for a few months to divert some extra money to its bad-debt reserve fund. Some existing lenders still have negative rates on some of their loans, while loans issued in 2020 are now back on… Read more

4thWay PLUS Rating Update On Lending Works. Assetz Capital Delayed

4thWay’s specialists have reassessed Lending Works’ ratings. This mostly involves reassessing the performance of their loans and stress testing them with horrible disaster scenarios, such as assuming a severe recession and property crash. In these circumstances, can lenders still end with an overall profit? The current 4thWay PLUS Ratings are for people lending money today…. Read more

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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.

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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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