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Funding Circle Update On COVID-19 19th March 2020

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By Funding Circle.

An update on coronavirus

With the impact of coronavirus continuing to be felt, we know that many of you are concerned about your investment and the wider financial landscape. We want to reassure all our valued investors that we are taking appropriate measures to respond to the situation, and give you some detail on the various issues going on at the moment.

Further actions to protect returns

We are continuing to ensure your portfolio is well-positioned to deliver resilient returns. In this update we wanted to highlight two areas where we have introduced further measures to support this work.

Protecting investor returns

As a responsible lending platform, protecting returns through this period is our priority for investors. We have already made changes to our risk models and we’ll continue to closely monitor our credit policies and make further adjustments where necessary to protect your returns.

You can read more about the steps we’ve taken to protect your returns in our Chief Risk Officer’s update.

We’re open and here to support you

We are well set up to continue to support you and all our customers throughout this period. Following government guidance to work from home where possible, our team is already working remotely.

Over recent years we have taken many steps to build a long-term business that can remain resilient through uncertain times. We are a very well-capitalised business and are well prepared to support investors and businesses.

Supporting businesses that are affected

We have always prided ourselves in serving the thousands of small businesses that are an important engine of growth for the UK. We know that some of them will be affected by coronavirus and we are working with them to support them through this difficult period. We have increased capacity in our teams to provide support, helping them to navigate this difficult period and continue to service their loans. We have a range of potential measures we can use and work with each business on an individual basis.

Changes to the Bank of England base rate and stock market volatility

The Bank of England announced it is cutting the base rate to 0.1%. This move does not affect your projected return, as each loan is assessed on a case-by-case basis and given a fixed interest rate.

There has also been a lot of volatility across stock markets recently. As you lend to a diversified portfolio of loans on fixed terms, your returns are not as exposed to the price movements that occur on stock markets.

Read the main COVID-19 updates article: P2P Lending And COVID-19: News And Updates.

And: How COVID-19 Shows That P2P Lending Is A Fairer Investment.

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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 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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