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Peer-To-Peer Lending Risks – The Big Seven Risks

Peer-to-peer lending risks that might actually lead to losing money can be broadly placed into seven different categories. Here is a list in priority order of the key risks of peer-to-peer lending losses, including P2P IFISAs, and some simple but highly effective ways to reduce those risks. P2P lending risk 1: yourself (psychological risk) When… Read more

Peer-to-Peer Lending Guide: It’s All In Here!

The 4thWay® Peer-to-Peer Lending Guide is the most candid and comprehensive guide of its kind. We’ve broken the guide down into: 1) A few key chapters with what everyone needs to know; 2) Then there’s more detail for those who need it; 3) And then there’s just silly amounts of detail for those of you (ok,… Read more

Which P2P Lending Sites Are Profitable?

We are regularly asked by 4thWay’s users about whether an individual P2P lending site is profitable – whether it is making 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… Read more

Peer-to-Peer Lending Vs Other Investments

In this guide, we explain how peer-to-peer lending performs when compared against stocks and other investments. Here’s a short summary: 1. Savings accounts, 2. peer-to-peer lending, 3. buying your own home and 4. the stock market are useful investments. Bonds and gold have been poor “middle ways” between savings and shares. Peer-to-peer lending has a better… 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

Where Can You Buy Or Sell Existing Loans?

See a list of all the peer-to-peer lending secondary markets, how much they cost and whether you can buy and sell loans at a discount or premium. A peer-to-peer lending secondary market – or marketplace – allows you to buy and sell existing loans after they have already begun. Why would you do this? Because… Read more

The Peer-To-Peer IFISA Guide

We have nagged the taxman’s notoriously tight-lipped officials, and chased down accountants, IFISA providers and even 4thWay’s own skilled experts to give you answers to all your IFISA questions, as well questions you never thought to ask. Here goes: What is an IFISA? An IFISA allows you to lend up to £20,000 per tax year (which… Read more

Which P2P Lending Sites Offer FSCS Protection?

Your cash – but not loans – held by a P2P lending site may or may not be covered by the FSCS. I’ll give my view on how important this protection is, explain why not all sites offer it, and give you a list of the P2P lending sites where the FSCS situation has been… Read more

Who Can Invest In Peer-To-Peer Lending?

Peer-to-peer lending (including P2P IFISAs) is classified as one of the safer alternative investments, which is why it’s available to all who wish to invest by lending directly to other people, businesses and property owners. But, since it’s still a relatively new form of investing, the Financial Conduct Authority wants to encourage most lenders to… Read more

How To Easily Qualify As A Self-Certified Sophisticated Investor To Lend Freely Through Any P2P Lending Website

Most peer-to-peer lending websites and IFISA providers allow anyone to lend. If you’re a beginner, they want you to commit not to lend more than 10% of your savings and investment pot across all your P2P loans. If you want to lend more than that, get yourself upgraded to the status of self-certified sophisticated investor…. 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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