The best lending platforms have a win/win or win/win/win scenario built into them from the beginning. Prosper lets borrowers consolidate credit card debt. Instead of paying 16% to these credit card issuers they pay 7 or 8% to us. Prosper wins by originating the loan. Borrower wins by saving 800 basis points interest. Us lenders win by earning the 7-8% in interest. This type of win/win/win guides the best platforms.
More platforms are coming online and more are available for retail investors Click Here To Continue
Marketplace lenders (MPL) are compared to banks cause they issue and service loans like banks do. Some in and out of banking refer to our sector as 'Shadow Banking', a term I hate cause it implies there's something shady, not fully legal or compliant or just not right about what our sector does when none of those things are true.
Not only are peer lenders not shadow bankers, they are far more transparent with their practices and data than any bank I have ever seen anywhere.
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There is no denying it anymore. Peer to Peer Lending has changed my life. In ways I can easily measure and ways that are tougher to measure too.
I remember it vividly as I was at my favorite neighborhood coffeeshop in Atlanta, a place where I've written a number of these posts over the 3.5 years (so far) that I have operated this blog. It was a cold day (for Atlanta) in late January 2013.
My friend, who is an investment adviser, called me over to his table and pulled out his MacBook Air Click Here To Continue
Yesterday Lending Club reported its earnings for the 2nd quarter ended in June. The company lost $81 million, or 9 cents/share in the quarter which is worse than the $4 million loss for the same period last year.
Most of the loss is attributed to additional expenses for a combination of additional professional fees (read: legal) on the LaPlanche loan mess and DOJ investigation as well as compensation and severance packages for laid off employees.
Loan originations were $1.96 Click Here To Continue
I wish I had a quarter for everytime I've heard that Marketplace Lending/Peer to Peer Lending specifically, and FinTech generally are a revolution to the world of finance.
Revolutions need leaders.
Who would Martin Luther King have been able to look up to for examples of peaceful, effective, non-violent civil disobedience if there was no Gandhi? How would MLK have been able to use this example to advance the Civil Rights movement here in America if he hadn't seen it in action already?
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Bitcoin exchange and lending platform Bitfinex has been hacked and reports say up to $70-72 million worth of Bitcoin was stolen.
Their own reporting of it is in a post on their blog right here.
Any attempt to login to the platform shows this message regardless of if you have any BTC there or not:
I happen to not have any BTC there at the moment although I do have USD there. My dollars are there although I have no open loan positions.
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Madden v Midland Funding
Some of you may have heard about this case and that it may/might/could/is already affecting marketplace lenders.
Miss Madden had a Bank of America credit card and defaulted on her payments. Midland Funding is a debt buyer and collection agency based in San Diego. Midland bought the debt of Miss Madden, who is a NY resident, and added additional interest costs to her debt balance and tried to collect the total. Madden thought this was wrong and filed suit.
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Lending Club has been in the news alot lately and most of it bad.
Let's face it, Lending Club is not the only marketplace/peer to peer lender but they are the largest here in the US and they are definitely the face and the barometer of the industry.
Lots of things are going on in the industry and it would not be unreasonable to ask yourself Is Marketplace Lending Still Safe? The answer is Yes it is but we need to understand the risks.
More Regulation Coming
After the Lending Club loan sales Click Here To Continue
Another month has come and gone on my AutoInvest plan so let's check results.
Due to my slacking on my investment responsibilities, I have yet to implement my AutoInvest on Bitbond so my only option now is still Loanbase. Let's see how I did.
This month has a little more red on it than the previous 2 and this was something I expected. The repayment history is still pretty strong though as 2 of these loan payments (1 paid, 1 not) were loans I selected and the other 72 were from my AutoInvest Click Here To Continue