Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – August 9, 2014

During the week I share the latest p2p lending news on Twitter as it happens. Then every Saturday I take the most interesting news items and blog posts from the past week and share them here.

How a Personal Loan Can Help You Beat the Post-Grad Plateau from SoFi – Very interesting to see the student loan platform, SoFi, expanding into consumer loans.

International P2P Lending Services – Loan Volumes July 2014 from Wiseclerk – The numbers for July are in for the major European p2p lenders.

Guest Post: Statistics and Emotions in Selling Lending Club Notes from PeerCube – Tracking FICO score can be a very useful tool for investors.

European Platform Analysis: Bondora & Disposable Income from Orchard – A deep dive into European cross-border p2p lending platform Bondora.

RateSetter Claims “Largest P2P Lender in UK”; Raising £25 Million in July from Crowdfund Insider – RateSetter in the UK is on a great run with the most originations of any UK platform in July.

Why Small-Business Lending Is Not Recovering from Harvard Business School – Former head of the SBA, Karen Mills, on why small business lending is stagnating.

Prosper leases bigger HQ in San Francisco’s SoMa from San Francisco Business Times – Prosper is upsizing to a much bigger facility soon.

July 2014 Marketplace Lending Index Returns from Orchard – Orchard benchmarks combined returns for Lending Club and Prosper against other investments.

Learn how to calculate your p2p lending returns with XIRR from Peer & Social Lending – Useful video showing investors how to use the Excel function XIRR() to calculate returns.

Ablrate Now Offers Aircraft Asset Based P2P Lending from Crowdfund Insider – Yet another niche market emerges for marketplace lending.

6 Signs You Might Be a Seasoned Peer to Peer Investor from LendingMemo – How a typical long time p2p investor views this asset class.

The Promise of Peer Finance from Thomson Reuters – How we are evolving as an industry as demonstrated by the growth of the major platforms.

From the Lend Academy Forum

The Lend Academy forum is where investors go to discuss p2p lending. Below are some topics that were being discussed this week.

Why Small-Business Lending Is Not Recovering – Interesting discussion of the article by Karen Mills, mentioned above, on the state of small business lending.

PayPal Working Capital – More discussion on small business lending prompted by Paypal’s new offering.

Yield To Maturity – The Most important? – For investors buying and holding loans on Folio what is the most important factor to consider?

  • 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.

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