P2P Lending Strategy

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5 Reasons Why Lending to Residential Landlords Is The Lowest Risk

Lending to residential buy-to-let landlords is intrinsically the safest kind of lending available to lenders through P2P. I’ll give you the five reasons for this in no particular order, since it’s all good: The bricks-and-mortar are already there Firstly, since the properties already exist and are not merely building sites with promise (like lending to… Read more

How Lenders Can Pick The Best Loans at HNW Lending

HNW Lending offers many loans with exceptionally high-quality security to protect you against losses. This means that the borrower owns properties or possessions that are easy to value and that are worth much more than the loan amount. For a good proportion of these loans, lenders are also first in line if the borrower has… Read more

ArchOver’s New Auto-Lend: The Right Kind Of Diversification

ArchOver* is now the latest established P2P lending site to introduce auto-lend combined with auto-diversification. The ArchOver Investment Plan, as it is called, does three very useful things, the third is about the type of diversification on offer, which is a feature that deserves expanding on. Firstly, most obviously, ArchOver’s auto-lending saves time for lenders who… Read more

7 Reasons To Put Half Your Savings In P2P Lending

In a recent article, one of his first for 4thWay, freelance investment journalist Cliff D’Arcy suggested the maximum amount that any of us should lend through P2P is 5% or at most 10% of our wealth. Susan, a 4thWay reader, told me on the phone that this frightened her. I’m not surprised. It shocks me… Read more

RateSetter Lending Strategy

Here is the RateSetter lending strategy. RateSetter is one of the simplest and easiest P2P lending offerings available. Lend using the market rate Most of us using RateSetter lend and re-lend our loan repayments automatically using the “market rate”, which is the average rate achieved the previous day. Currently you can expect to lend your money within a day,… Read more

Funding Circle Expansion Loans Are Lower Risk

When you look deep into the detail of Funding Circle’s* loans, you get some interesting patterns. Today, I compared the two biggest types of loans: “expansion/growth capital” versus “working capital” loans to see how they compare on both bad debts and interest rates. Is one riskier than the other and is the interest rate higher to… Read more

Simple Way To Improve Loan Selection & Lower Risk

Until more P2P lending websites have a longer record, searching for patterns to improve loan selection is not possible at most of them. But there’s one way to select loans that I think will work everywhere. Keen investors like to scour through past loans to try and find patterns that help them select lower-risk loans…. Read more

How To Use The Bad-Debt Rate

Lenders can use the bad-debt rate to see how low bad debts have been in the past on a P2P lending webste. An average annual bad-debt rate of 0.5% during a moderate or good economic backdrop is very low, for example. Any bank would be chuffed to have such a rate. If bad debts based… Read more

Are Bad Debt Forecasts Misleading?

Forecasts might not be the best way to decide whether to lend through a particular P2P lending website, but there are plenty of other ways to do so. UK Bond Network, a P2P lending website, recently sent 4thWay® enough data to get listed in its comparison tables. In doing so, it didn’t provide any forecasts of… Read more

Should I Borrow to Lend?

I remember working at stock-market investment website The Motley Fool when Stuart Watson was the editor. He was a smart guy. That’s why, when I told him a friend was re-mortgaging his house to invest in the stock market, he had a very intelligent response, albeit not with his usual coherence. It reminded me on… 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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