Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – February 15, 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.

P2P Lending and Banks: Competition or Opportunity? from Orchard – The big question as to what role banks should play in p2p lending is addressed in this analysis.

P2P lenders install investor speed bumps from CNBC (republished from the Financial Times) – There is so much investor interest in p2p lending that both Lending Club and Prosper have been forced to put curbs in place for institutional investors.

It’s a wonderful digital life … if you’re a digital disruptor from Financial Services Club Blog (UK) – The George Bailey model from It’s a Wonderful Life has moved online – same principle with no geographical limits.

Home Run: Don Davis Talks About Peer-to-Peer Investments from YouTube (video) – P2P lending fund manager Don Davis discusses his firm and why he is focused on this asset class now.

China’s Poor P2P Lending Models from The Diplomat – It is like the wild west in China these days when it comes to p2p lending and some companies have developed questionable business models.

Increasing Returns in Peer to Peer Lending – Whiteboard #8 from LendingMemo – Good instructional video about increasing returns for p2p lending investors.

CrowdCast: Sam Hodges of Funding Circle Discusses Peer-to-Peer Lending from – Video chat about p2p small business lending and how it is different from equity crowdfunding.

How to Invest in Lending Club and Prosper – My 2014 Investment Criteria from Write Your Own Reality – While I covered my investing criteria yesterday here is another long time blogger and investor sharing how he is investing in Lending Club and Prosper this year.

Is peer-to-peer lending too good to be true? from the Guardian (UK) – In depth article about the UK p2p lending market and the pluses and minuses for investors.

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.

I am seeing only 134 available notes? Am I missing something? – New investor wonders where all the loans went – includes good discussion of automated investing options.

One Click Purchase – Amazon has a One Click purchase option, wouldn’t it be great if Lending Club did as well.

Folio Returns Measure – There are some fantastic annualized returns possible on Folio for active traders but the question remains – are these returns sustainable over the long haul?

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    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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