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What’s Happened Recently That You Need To Know

We’re not a P2P “industry news” site, but we do like to report news if it directly helps individual lenders to make better lending decisions, which is our entire raison d’être. A lot of news like this has occurred over the past six weeks or so, so here’s a round-up: Risks at Zopa have risen… Read more

The IFISA (P2P ISA) Guide

IFISAs in five bullet points IFISAs offer tax-free lending on contributions of up to £20,000 per tax year (which always starts on 6th April), but most people can lend tax free outside an IFISA anyway. Just one IFISA is allowed to contain new amounts contributed that tax year. This could be an existing IFISA you opened previously… Read more

Major P2P Founder Warns: “Our Industry May Never Be Profitable”

A couple of months ago, towards the end of March, I had a one-to-one meeting with a leading light of the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry. This well-known and globally respected individual co-founded one of the UK’s largest P2P lending websites. During our chat, which lasted less than 40 minutes, we discussed a wide range of… 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

How Is Peer-to-Peer Lending Taxed?

Key P2P tax rules in bullets Most people pay no income tax, because peer-to-peer lending is included in the Personal Savings Allowance. That’s £1,000 tax-free interest for basic-rate taxpayers and £500 for higher-rate payers. You pay tax at your own income-tax rate on any interest earned above the savings allowance. Bad debts are tax deductible. Everyone… Read more

ThinCats The 5th P2P Site To Breach £200m

Many lenders like to assess P2P lending sites based on their size. That’s why our experts looked at total P2P lending from 39 different platforms available to UK lenders since they first started. This is the fullest – and after our experts’ adjustments probably the most accurate – list of UK total P2P lending anywhere…. Read more

4thWay’s 10 P2P Investing Principles

Throughout this site, we call lending, “lending”. Funnily enough. But that word can sound a bit casual and easy. Like you’re giving some chums, some fellow countrypersons or local businesses, a bit of cash in return for a bit of interest. A simple income on the side where everyone’s a winner. Instead, you need to consider… Read more

Catastrophe In P2P Pensions

The operators dealing with P2P lending in the Evolution SIPP, which is possibly the best pension for P2P lending, have just announced that they will not allow new P2P lending. In addition, other pension providers offering P2P lending might reduce or remove their services for non-advised P2P lending. The Evolution SIPP The Evolution SIPP is run… Read more

P2P Pensions Guide

Most people benefit from automatic tax breaks on peer-to-peer lending as explained in our guide: How Is Peer-to-Peer Lending Taxed? However, not everyone does, which can make lending through a pension attractive. And there are other advantages to lending in a pension. There are also cons though, so here’s everything you need to know: The main benefit of… Read more

4thWay Alerts Service: Wellesley Update

The 4thWay Alerts Service lets our email subscribers know when a 4thWay writer has seen any major changes at a P2P lending website that he/she would want to be informed about personally – speaking as lenders themselves. I have seen several changes at Wellesley & Co.* since I first reported on it, so here’s an update. Interest rates… Read more

Today’s average interest rates

4thWay® Forecast Returns Index: 5.07%

Showing average expected interest rates for individual lenders after fees and bad debts if you lend today.
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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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