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Zopa is Hitting its Targets (Just About)

Recently, Zopa, the P2P lending website that started it all, changed the mix of loans that lenders will have their money allocated to, so that they can get higher rates. At the same time, it removed its rate promise, which means that you could potentially get less than the quoted interest rates. However, Zopa said it was… Read more

eMoneyUnion Offering Loans to be Repaid with Pensions

New pension rules coming into effect in April 2015 will already allow retirees to spend their life savings in one go, once they reach the minimum age specified in their pension policies, which is usually 55-65. Now, one peer-to-peer lending company is giving even earlier access for those individuals who just can’t wait that long:… Read more

More on Why Borrower Grades Are Unreliable

More evidence that the top-grade loans at different P2P lending companies can be of very different quality. My thoughts on why you have to demand much higher interest rates from Bondora compared to Funding Circle. My colleague, Neil, recently gave an example showing that a Funding Circle C grade loan is not the same risk… Read more

ArchOver Peer-to-Peer Becomes Affordable

ArchOver*, the only secured and insured business peer-to-peer lending company, is lowering its lending limit from £5,000 to £1,000 from next week. ArchOver only lends to one grade of borrower, which it calls, variably, “grade A” and “grade A+”, although perhaps its most useful description of its borrowers is: “We only deal with borrowers that are… Read more

Safest Peer-to-Peer Lending Interest Rates in Mid-January

Some peer-to-peer lending companies have had zero losses to lenders. They all have funds set aside to cover expected bad debts. And they have other protections, such as lending against property that can be repossessed if necessary. Of those, the ones that have the best 4thWay® Risk Ratings feature in this article. We have also limited… Read more

FundingSecure: 13% Interest + 2% Bonus Tomorrow Only!

FundingSecure is a peer-to-peer lending company has been lending your money while securing it against valuable items, such as power boats and mansions. Interest rates have been close to 13%, on average, but no lender has lost any money on loans gone bad. FundingSecure has three outstanding loans. Once a loan is fully funded it is closed… Read more

How Much Richer We Got in 2014

If you lent your money for five years in 2014, you probably got richer. If you started lending for fives in the safer, lower-rate P2P lending companies last year, you should have made at least 4% and it wouldn’t have been much trouble to make around 5.5% just as safely. This means that you should see… Read more

Peer-to-Peer Lending is Better Than Bonds

Bonds have barely kept up with rising prices, and perhaps not even that. Peer-to-peer lending has easily given investors solid real returns. How good are bonds? On average, bonds are “a bit naff”, according to the fantastic Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbooks. OK, the Credit Suisse funded research doesn’t actually say “naff” per se, but… Read more

Savings Vs Peer-to-Peer Lending Vs Shares in 2014

I want to show you how different savings and investments did in the year just gone by. I’ve not cherry-picked this information to make peer-to-peer lending look good. I’ve looked for precisely the information that I want to know when doing a serious comparison of savings accounts vs peer-to-peer lending vs shares. All three are very useful… Read more

What Customers Say About Peer-to-Peer Lending

Peer-to-peer lending companies get very high customer satisfaction ratings in surveys. Here, we collate some of the comments from their lender customers. Unfortunately, we don’t have access to negative comments! So we have to view the few comments selected by the P2P lending companies with a pinch of salt. However, consider how few complaints filter… Read more

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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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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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