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4thWay PLUS Ratings: March 2021 Changes

Loanpad now rated Loanpad* (read review) has earned the top 4thWay PLUS Rating of 3/3 “Exceptional” on its Premium and Classic accounts/IFISAs, after its history reached enough maturity for our ratings calculations to be meaningful. The 4thWay PLUS Ratings are a measure of both risk and reward. Loanpad has the lowest interest rates (rewards) of… Read more

What Happened To P2P Lending Companies That Closed?

I’ve taken a new look at what happened to lenders at the different peer-to-peer lending sites that closed or shifted away from the P2P model. The vast majority of closures have been benign for lenders, leading to a profitable return of their money, but there are a few very notable exceptions. Before I get to… 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

HMRC Confirms You Can Open Multiple IFISAs In One Year!

We told HMRC that, reading the rules for ISAs, “they don’t actually prohibit people opening multiple IFISAs in one tax year, provided they only subscribe new money to one of them”… Do they? A representative from HMRC has told us this “looks correct”. That’s about as definitive as it gets from HMRC, which is often… Read more

How Is Peer-to-Peer Lending Taxed?

When you earn money through peer-to-peer lending there are huge tax breaks available to you. For most people there’s an automatic tax break on all P2P lending accounts. And you can also open specific peer-to-peer lending accounts, called IFISAs, which are always tax free. The online guidance on peer-to-peer lending tax that is available from… Read more

15 Years Of Profitable P2P lending And Beating The Stock Market

We’ve now had 15 full calendar years of P2P lending, which included the Great Recession (albeit for just the one P2P lending company around at the time) and more recently a massive 20% recession coinciding with the first 11 months of the worst pandemic for 100 years. While the stock market has seen five down… Read more

Growth Street Review: Lending Successfully Wound Down

Here’s the Growth Street Review from one of our specialists. (You can see all the reviews in our comparison tables.) 4thWay’s Quick Expert Growth Street Review Growth Street has wound down its existing lending Growth Street, established in 2014 with a total lent of , is no longer taking on new borrowers and all lenders… Read more

Growth Street Lenders Get Full Return Of All Money And Interest

Today, Growth Street said: “We have recently concluded redemption of our platform investors in full as part of the Resolution Event declared in June 2020. As of 13th January 2021, all remaining funds have been returned to peer-to-peer investors and our investor platform is in the process of closing. Well done to the Growth Street… Read more

P2P Lending And IFISA Cashback Deals Available Now

Some P2P lending sites currently offer attractive cashback deals for new lenders of up to £4,000. Towards the bottom of this article, you’ll also see if there are any less generous cashback deals available to existing lenders at the moment. We’ve also started adding referral schemes and other ways to earn cashback to the very… 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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