Marketplace Lending News Roundup – December 31

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During the week I share the latest marketplace 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.

Peer-to-peer lenders morph into traditional banking from Financial Times – As I have been saying the lines are blurring between banks and marketplace lending platforms.

CreditEase Anointed “Best Non-Bank Private Wealth Product” from Crowdfund Insider – Chinese platform CreditEase has been recognized for their wealth management product.

Alternative finance’s 2016 in review from AltFi – Ryan Weeks of AltFi gives his perspective on the year.

5 Fintech Startups To Watch In 2017 from Fast Company – Ainsley Harris shares her top 5 fintech startups to watch in 2017.

Payments And The Transformation Of Etsy from PYMNTS – PYMNTS talks with Rohit Arora about the state of online small business lending in 2017.

FinTech and Blockchain: Are banks dead? from ZDNet – How blockchain is going to impact financial services going forward.

Will 2017 Be the Year We See the First RECF-Bank Partnership? from Equities.com – Interesting piece by Allen Shayanfekr of Sharestates on bank partnerships with real estate platforms.

Marketplace Lending 2016: Bruised but not Broken from P2P Lending Expert – Stu Lustman provides his retrospective on the year in marketplace lending.

How Data Standardization and Transparency Solves the P2P Problem from Lending Times – Good piece on PeerIQ and how they are bringing data standardization to marketplace lending.

Fintech in 2016: Collaboration, Investments and Regulation Grow Up from Finance Magnates – A look back at the achievements and challenges for the global fintech space in 2016.

What Do The Hiccups Of 2016 Mean For Alternative Lending In The New Year? from Forbes – “Alternative lending is dead” says the CEO of Kabbage but not the reasons you are probably thinking.

2017 Annual Forecast from Stratfor – An economic forecast for the US and world economy in 2017.

N.J. bank keeps turning out new approaches from Banking Exchange – One of the more interesting companies in our space is Cross River Bank.

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.

StreetShares Business Loans – Forum members discuss small business lending and numerous platforms in the space.

Christmas Bonuses – return to Current! – Investors take note of loans that have changed status in December.

P2P Lending Options – A common question from Lending Club and Prosper investors is what other options are available for retail investors.

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.

LendIt Fintech conducts three conferences a year for the leading fintech markets of the USA, Europe, and Latin America. LendIt also provides cutting-edge content all year long via audio, video, and written channels.

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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