A Look Back at the Social Lending News in 2011

Normally, every Saturday I bring you the latest news from around the web about p2p lending. Today, I will do that as normal, but I am also going to feature some of the major news stories of 2011.

Nickel Steamroller – 2012 Predictions for P2P Lending

Pinch That Penny – Investing: P2P Lending vs. Bank CDs

How I Save Money – Lending Club Performance Update: December 2011

Prosper (press release) – Prosper Launches ‘Fired Up’ Kindle Fire® Sweepstakes

Bloomberg News (video) – LendingClub CEO on Loan Criteria, Investors

P2P Lending News – A New Year’s Resolution for my Peer-to-Peer Lending Investments

Freelance Switch – Have You Heard of Peer-to-Peer Lending?

Major P2P Lending News Stories from 2011

There was some major coverage of p2p lending in 2011 that no doubt brought in a lot of new investors and borrowers. Here are what I consider to be the five most important news stories from this year. Most of these stories shine a very positive light on p2p lending with the exception of the New York Times article. The articles are presented here in chronological order.

TheStreet.com – Peer Lending Grows as Business Owner Option

The New York Times – The Gamble of Lending Peer to Peer

Forbes – Q & A With Union Square’s Fred Wilson and Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche

Bloomberg – LendingClub Lures Investors as Consumer Loan Rates Top Bonds

Reuters – Cutting out the banker middleman

  • Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series. Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.