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Greed and Fear in P2P Lending

P2P lending is an investment and all investments go through cycles. It doesn’t matter what you invest in, be it shares, property or something else, all of them are driven up and down by supply-and-demand, greed and fear. It’s the last two that cause huge bubbles and big crashes. Investing in P2P loans is not likely… Read more

Landbay Joins the P2P Finance Association

Landbay, the buy-to-let mortgage P2P lending company, has just joined the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). The P2PFA sets minimum standards for all its members, including: Setting high standards in vetting borrowers. This does not mean they cannot arrange high-interest, high-risk loans, but it does mean they need to conduct an appropriately comprehensive assessment to ensure that… Read more

Detailed Research Report into Wellesley & Co.

We don’t intend to use our Candid Opinion blogs to brag about what we’re up to. But if it was another company producing high-quality research, we would inform you about it either in our news articles or in our candid blogs. However, it’s us setting the standard in P2P lending research. Our first 4thWay® Insight… Read more

Zopa: From a Barn to £670 Million

Giles Andrews, CEO and co-founder of Zopa, a consumer loans P2P lending company, was at the recent LendIt conference. His presentation, called “Born in a Barn“, showed just how far the world’s first P2P lending company has come. In ist ninth year, it has lent £250 million. Zopa’s bad-debt provision fund has easily covered all losses… Read more

P2P Lending VS Equity Crowdfunding: The Votes Are In!

Research by Peter Baeck, Liam Collins and Bryan Zhang from the University of Cambridge has revealed that £1.6bn has been lent through peer-to-peer lending websites, whereas just £84m has been raised in the higher-risk equity crowdfunding area. Just £26m has been raised in rewards crowdfunding. The research is part of a major study into the… Read more

Funding Circle A+ Loans Are High Interest For Low Risk

Samir Desai, CEO at Funding Circle, the largest P2P lending company focused on loans to UK businesses, did a presentation called “Building A Better Financial World” at industry conference LendIt. Samir said that expected average returns for all Funding Circle loans after fees and bad debts, but before taxes, are 7%. That’s across all loans from… Read more

Lending Works’ Insurance Against Losses

Lending Works*, the prime consumer loans P2P lending company, has clarified what its insurance against losses will cover. Lending Works has taken out insurance to cover borrowers who can’t pay, which is provided by three insurers with assets of more than £2 billion. This is in addition to keeping a well-stocked provision fund against losses… Read more

How Zopa Lends Your Money

Mat Gazeley from Zopa has just published more details about how Zopa matches your money to borrowers in a blog post. The key takeaways Mat explained that, above all else, Zopa lenders who receive loan repayments are ahead in the queue when it comes to re-lending their money compared to any new money from lenders…. Read more

Why I’m not worried about Wellesley’s P2PFA exit

My colleague, Matthew Howard, wrote just a few moments ago about Wellesley leaving the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA). It seems quite possible that the company left due to differences over its savings bond. On the one hand, Wellesley & Co. is a peer-to-peer lender, matching borrowers and lenders. On the other hand, it has a much more… Read more

Exit from P2PFA, but Wellesley & Co isn’t slowing down

Spokesperson Aldwyn Boscawen from Wellesley & Co., the P2P lending service, informed 4thWay today: “The Peer-to-Peer Finance Association has accepted the resignation of Wellesley & Co. with immediate effect. Following conversations between the P2PFA and Wellesley & Co. it became apparent that Wellesley’s ongoing marketing strategy would be incompatible with the rules of the P2PFA.” Wellesley, joined the… Read more

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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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