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How We’ve Improved The 4thWay PLUS Ratings

A recap of the first major upgrade We improve the 4thWay PLUS Ratings over time. Many of the changes are small, but today we launched our second ever big upgrade. In the first major upgrade a couple of years ago, we progressed from the 4thWay Risk Ratings – a measure of the risks –  to… 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

How Peer-to-Peer Lending Works

We try to explain peer-to-peer lending in What the Heck is Peer-to-Peer Lending? However, it can sometimes be easier in an image. So we’ve created one for you called “How Peer-to-Peer Lending Works – For Investors”. Click on it to open it up. There is a mobile-friendly version underneath. These images also explain how P2P… Read more

What Is The Difference Between P2P Lending And IFISAs?

Peer-to-peer lending is lending directly to individuals or businesses, including, sometimes, property owners. IFISAs is usually the same, with the advantage that any interest you earn and gains you make are always tax free. However, there can be a minor catch to watch out for. Some things in the world of investing can seem horribly… Read more

Will Lenders On Collateral UK, The Disgraced P2P Site, Get Their Money Back?

Peer-to-peer lending website Collateral UK went out of business in February 2018. It was quickly alleged to be operating without the correct permission from the financial regulator. It now appears to have appointed administrators, who we can expect to wind down the website and existing P2P loans. Whether the permission was correct or not when… Read more

Brief But Good Updates On Proplend, Growth Street…And Sergii?

Proplend Proplend* has given an update on its P2P mortgages to commercial and residential property owners that are leasing out their properties. One loan was repaid about a month late. Lenders earned an extra 20% interest in the month they were waiting for their money back. There’s another loan that is late, but Proplend sees… Read more

Earn Up To £500 Cashback For Lending Works IFISA Transfers

New Lending Works* IFISA customers can earn between £50 and £500 cashback, if you transfer cash ISA, share ISA or IFISA cash into the Lending Works IFISA. This is a very limited time exclusive offer. Even we don’t know how long we can exclusively offer it to you for, but the estimate is this will last… Read more

Video: What We Learned From RateSetter’s CEO

What we learned about RateSetter’s experiments Rhydian Lewis, RateSetter’s* CEO, got the chance to present his business recently. I’ve set the above video to start from the point where I think it might be particularly interesting to individual lenders as regards to RateSetter’s own business, especially in the light of its recent misfortunes, which RateSetter… Read more

Money-Saving Tips Websites Are A Risk To Your P2P Wealth

This week I received a newsletter from a popular money-saving tips website that said: “Peer-to-peer lending isn’t the only option for savers keen to earn more – there’s also investing to consider.” It was just yet another time that I’ve heard P2P being described as savings for savers when it is actually a form of… Read more

Big Lending Update On Zopa, RateSetter and Funding Circle

We have had a lot of requests for updates on the big three P2P lending sites, namely Zopa, Funding Circle and RateSetter. There’s an awful lot of important things to say about each of them, so here goes: Zopa Core earns a 4thWay PLUS Rating As you probably already know, Zopa is retiring its lending… Read more

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What is the “4thWay”?

There's the savings way, the property way, the stock-market way, and now there's the peer-to-peer lending way. The 4thWay® to save and invest.
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What does 4thWay do?

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.

Why use 4thWay?

4thWay® is shaped by investors, bank risk modellers and a senior debt specialist, and we're governed by our users to ensure our comparison services and research are trustworthy and complete.

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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