Platform Risk: What Happened to Trustbuddy?

Platform risk is something mentioned here often yet rarely discussed in detail. Now we have an example of why thinking about the platform risk (the risk that the platform itself will go out of business) is something we need to think about and consider when it comes to investing on new platforms. Thanks for the … Read morePlatform Risk: What Happened to Trustbuddy?

The Bitcoin Lenders’ Bill of Rights

  The 3 largest Bitcoin based lending sites: BTCJam, BitLendingClub aka Loanbase, and Bitbonds, combined originate around $1.5 million worth of Bitcoin based loans per month. While this number is small, the industry is fast growing and is an important part of developing the Bitcoin ecosystem as a whole as lending/investing alternatives for Bitcoin operating … Read moreThe Bitcoin Lenders’ Bill of Rights

The MSB: Why I Don’t Lend to US LBC traders and you shouldn’t either

  MSB is the shorthand for a money service business. In the US, MSBs are overseen by FINCEN (the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network), which is a part of the US Dept of Treasury. FINCEN’s primary goal is to take the lead in anti money laundering (AML) efforts and enforcement. MSBs have a 2nd level of … Read moreThe MSB: Why I Don’t Lend to US LBC traders and you shouldn’t either

3 Big News Stories in P2PLending: June 2015

This last month saw some huge news from the p2plending/marketplace lending world. I thought I would outline some of those stories, their impact and my thoughts on them here. Story 1: Goldman Sachs enters the business The New York Times posted a story about the news that huge investment bank Goldman Sachs is getting into … Read more3 Big News Stories in P2PLending: June 2015

5 Things You Should See in the Lending Club IPO Registration Statement

As most of you know by now, Lending Club is going public on Thursday. They are allocating some shares for retail investors like you and me. As part of their Direct Share Purchase program (DSP) with Fidelity, all potential investors get to see a copy of the Prospectus with S-1 SEC filing that LC filed … Read more5 Things You Should See in the Lending Club IPO Registration Statement

Subscriber Question Answered: Does This P2P Example Work Around SEC requirements?

Today I’m continuing my Subscriber Questions Answered segment and going international. Today’s question is from Johnny, one of my Canadian subscribers, eh? Johnny has a great question. I LOVE answering questions from my subscribers so please feel free to comment here or email me any questions you have. Today’s Question from Johnny:¬†Why haven’t any of … Read moreSubscriber Question Answered: Does This P2P Example Work Around SEC requirements?

The Fitch P2P Lending Report: 5 Things They Got Right and 3 Things They Got Wrong

The Fitch ratings agency, who along with Standard & Poor’s are the 2 largest US based ratings agencies just released their first report on Peer to Peer Lending. While the report is based on the lending platforms themselves, you can’t have a report on the platforms without examining the industry in which they operate. This … Read moreThe Fitch P2P Lending Report: 5 Things They Got Right and 3 Things They Got Wrong