UK’s RateSetter Clarifies Robustness of Provision Fund

RateSetter’s Provision Fund is a capital reserve that helps ensure investors get paid principal and interest even if loans default; currently the fund is valued at £22 million; with the company projecting future losses via default of £18 million, the “Provision Fund coverage” ratio is roughly 120%; now, the firm has begun publishing a “capital coverage ratio” that combines the reserve funds with the expected interest payments on the loans, then divides by expected losses; with £30 million in interest payments expected, added to the £22 million reserves, the capital coverage ratio is nearly 3x; RateSetter said the newly published ratio is more fair when comparing RateSetter’s assurances against other online lenders that don’t hold a reserve fund but that still calculate coverage of potential losses.  Source

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