Morgan Edwards, chief financial officer at CommonBond gives an overview of the company and the student lending opportunity in this video from LendIt USA 2016. CommonBond provides student loan refinancing but one thing that makes them unique is their “1-for-1” model where they fund an education of a student in Africa for each student loan refinancing. As of April, the company had $625 million in capital committed with zero defaults and zero 30+ day delinquencies.
Morgan believes we are in a growth cycle and capital is here to stay although we may experience some ebb and flows through the cycle. He stated, “Capital flows where there is understanding and there is a return,” and highlights several aspects that make this a favorable environment for student lending and marketplace lending broadly.