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SoFi Tops $1 Billion, Expands into Home Mortgages and Announces an IPO

October 8, 2014

This week SoFi announced they have crossed $1 billion in total loans issued, a milestone they achieved in just over two years after issuing their first loan. This makes SoFi the fastest marketplace lending platform to achieve that milestone. While that is a significant achievement, what is more impressive is the fact they have done [...]

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LAP25: Jared Hecht and Brayden McCarthy of Fundera on the Small Business Lending Problem

October 7, 2014

Jared Hecht and Brayden McCarthy are two of the smartest young minds in our industry. They are both executives at Fundera; Jared is the CEO and Co-Founder and Brayden is the Head of Strategy and Policy. Fundera is a platform that helps small business owners evaluate different loan options by providing easy access to these options [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – October 4, 2014

October 4, 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. Lenders Disrupt U.K. Finance Funding Borrowers Banks Snub from Bloomberg – Excellent in-depth article on Funding Circle and the changing face [...]

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Prosper Issues $172 Million of New Loans in September

October 3, 2014

Prosper closed September with another solid performance. They issued $171.6 million in loans last month up from $167.6 in August which is a 2.4% increase. While this is the smallest percentage increase since their down month in February I should point out that on a dollars issued per business day basis the increase is 12.7% [...]

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An Analysis of Lending Club’s $5 Billion Valuation

September 29, 2014

[Editor's note: Many people have been discussing Lending Club's somewhat lofty valuation so I thought it would be useful to bring in a valuation expert to do some analysis.  Ho Wan Lee, CFA, CAIA, is a senior associate in the valuation group of Arcstone Partners LLC. Arcstone specializes in the valuation of high-growth companies and [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – September 27, 2014

September 27, 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. With Karrot, Kabbage Digs Into Lending Club’s And Prosper’s Consumer Loans Business from Techcrunch – Kabbage have done some groundbreaking work [...]

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LAP24: Jonathan Morris of Titan Bank on the Banking Perspective

September 24, 2014

In this edition of the Lend Academy Podcast we have someone quite a bit different than our typical guest. Jonathan Morris is a banker, but he is not your conservative banker who works at a big bank, he is very much an innovative and forward thinking banker. His bank, Titan Bank, was one of the [...]

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CircleBack Lending Secures a $500 Million Investment from Jefferies

September 23, 2014

For some time now we have had something of a duopoly in the consumer p2p lending space. Lending Club and Prosper have dominated the market and no strong third contender has emerged. Well, that is all about to change with the announcement today from CircleBack Lending. They have secured a $500 million deal with investment [...]

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Peer to Peer Lending News Roundup – September 20, 2014

September 20, 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. Lenders Turning to High-Interest Personal Loans from The Wall Street Journal (paid registration required) – Probably the most interesting article on [...]

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Lending Club Rolls Out Enhanced Reporting Features for Foliofn Users

September 18, 2014

Today, Lending Club has added some long awaited features for investors who use the Lending Club trading platform to buy and sell notes. Until today many people who traded notes on Foliofn had no idea what their actual returns were – these were often mispriced by Lending Club’s NAR calculation. No more. If you have [...]

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