P2P Lenders Increasingly Looking to Offer Traditional Banking Options

P2P lending has evolved over the last ten years, with marketplace lenders increasingly offering traditional banking products; the market’s first online lender, Zopa, is taking the lead on offering traditional banking products with an announcement reporting the lender’s application for UK bank licensing to offer deposit accounts and a broader range of credit products; other marketplace lenders have also expressed interest in offering deposit products including SoFi and Affirm; as P2P lenders become more integrated into the financial ecosystem, it is likely that they will offer a broader range of products with traditional banking characteristics while continuing to be market innovators.  Source

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