Lending Club Waiving Service Fees on Large Loans

[Update Feb 6, 2012: this promotion is now over. Lending Club will, of course, honor loans still on the platform that have a “No Fee” status but you will not see any new “No Fee” loans for the time being. No word on when or if it will be back.]

I logged on to Lending Club this morning and noticed this. Lending Club is waiving fees for investors in large loans. It is a limited time offer but the waiving of fees is for the life of the loan.

So if you invest in a loan of $20,000 of more Lending Club will waive their investor service fees until the loan is paid off. This should increase investor’s expected annualized return by between 0.42% and 0.75%. It will also remove the Lending Club prepayment penalty to investors that some have discussed on this blog.

The chart above shows the Net Annualized Return increases with the size of the loan. This is completely true – I confirmed this with Lendstats. But I think the main reason for this is that Lending Club adjusts their interest rates up for the higher dollar loans. So most, but certainly not all, high dollar loans carry higher interest rates. 

No Service Fees is a Good Deal for P2P Investors

Still I think this is a good deal for investors. Most of the loans I invest in are for $20,000 or more so I will be certainly taking advantage of this new offer. Lending Club have made it easy for you – there is now a “No Fee” graphic next to all loans of at least $20,000.

When I visited Lending Club a couple of months ago they talked about possibly making a move like this. They must feel that these loans are less popular with investors than they should be. It will be interesting to see how long this promotion lasts and if it will make much of a difference.

What do you think? Will you be adjusting your investment strategy because of this move? Please provide your comments below.

  • 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.