New and Other Peer to Peer Lending Sites

Since my focus here is on the 2 main US based ‘retail’ (meaning consumer based) lending platforms of Prosper and Lending Club, this can lead to the exclusion of other new and interesting platforms that also allow us to lend.  Here are some other really interesting and kinda cool lending platforms available based on your … Read more

Legal Corner: The Securities Act of 1934 and Peer to Peer Lending

By Jonathan Wilson, atty at Taylor English Duma In my last two posts I talked about the definition of a “security” and how that term is defined in federal securities statutes and the Howey case.  Because of that definition, we know that a security can include the common stock in a corporation, membership interests in … Read more

Calculating Returns: IRR or XIRR vs ROI

There’s been much debate in the blogging world for p2p lending about how to calculate returns on our loan portfolios.  Some very prominent people in our industry, including Peter Renton of Lend Academy, believe that the most accurate way to calculate returns is through Internal Rate of Return or IRR and/or its modified cousin XIRR.  … Read more

Legal Corner part 2: What is a Security? and in the P2P Lending World Why Do We Care?

In part 1, I introduced the P2P Lending Expert legal eagle, Jonathan Wilson, who is going to discuss legal implications and ongoing cases in the securities world and how they affect peer to peer lending, and especially how they affect the little guy like us. Again, my commentary is in parentheses. On to the Howey … Read more

Credit Analysis: Credit Inquiries in P2P Lending

One of the figures given in the Credit information section of the loan listing for both lending platforms is Credit Inquiries.  Simply put, a credit inquiry is when one of the 3 big credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion) issues a credit report to some outside party that requests it, usually with our permission. For … Read more