Marketplace Lending News Roundup – July 11, 2015



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.

P2P lenders want more regulation, not less from The Australian – In Australia new platforms like MoneyPlace are calling for more government regulation.

Can P2P be a modern day alternative to Chicago Plan? from The Economic Times – One of the benefits of marketplace lending is that lending is done outside the banking system, so more stability.

For LendingClub, a Sale Would Avoid Fight With Wall Street Titans from TheStreet – There are reasons why a major bank might want to acquire Lending Club.

UK Alt-Lenders Have Some Work To Do from – A long way to go but alternative lenders have gained a strong foothold in the UK.

Where’s the Payoff? Not in Lending, Says Lending Startup from The Wall Street Journal – P2P lending pioneer Eaglewood Capital is committing $250M to innovative lender.

Prosper Reaches New Milestones — $4 Billion in Loans Following Another Record Quarter from the Prosper Blog – Letter from the Prosper CEO Aaron Vermut on their $4B milestone.

Including peer-to-peer lending in the new innovative finance Isa will provide boost for millions of Brits from City A.M. – Giles Andrews provides his thoughts on the new Innovative Finance ISA.

Funding Empire Sells Majority Stake to Paratus AMC from P2P-Banking – Welsh p2p platform Funding Empire has sold a majority stake to a traditional lender.

Social responsibility a central theme in CommonBond’s vision from Bankless Times – Good profile on student lender CommonBond and what makes them different.

Algorithm Investing – Part 2: A Review of LendingRobot from LendingMemo – In depth review of LendingRobot’s algorithm investing platform.

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.

LC For Sale? – Coming from some rumors, forum members discuss the possibility of a LendingClub sale.

New guy with questions – A new forum member looks to get toms questions answered.

Loan funding timing for Prosper and Lending Club – A forum member posts an older article from Orchard about time to fund loans on each platform, something that may be interesting for newer investors.

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Joe Franzone
Joe Franzone
Jul. 14, 2015 8:30 am

Regarding this comment, “One of the benefits of marketplace lending is that lending is done outside the banking system, so more stability.”

This is an inaccurate portrayal of marketplace lending. Marketplace lending is still lending bank deposits, i.e. an investor’s funds are deposited to a platform, which presumably deposits them at a bank, which transfers these deposits to a borrower, who in turns pays a vendor/employee/merchant with the bank deposit. So banks are still clearing payments, which means they still need reserves, and the Federal Reserve is the monopoly supplier of reserves.

Marketplace lending is less stable for two reasons. 1. The source of funds for marketplace loans are uninsured deposits made to marketplace lending platforms. Loan losses are borne by the platforms that are not subject to capital requirements and their depositors (investors). Though, I believe that risk is generally understood by marketplace lending investors.

2. Assuming a system where lending is only done through marketplace channels and no bank lending, there will be no growth in the money supply. In order to control money supply growth, the Chicago Plan Revisited proposes replacing debt-based private money (bank deposits) with debt-free government issued money, with only new money created for “productive investment purposes”. The ramifications of this policy would lead to the end of private banking and marketplace lending, replaced by a nationalized banking system. Not likely a popular outcome for bankers, marketplace lending platforms, investors or households that may borrow for non-investment purposes.

Marketplace lending is a great innovation in loan origination and underwriting that has improved access to credit. However, if its proponents believe it to be an alternative to our current banking system, they will have to understand banking and monetary operations at a deeper level in order to present well-thought out policy proposals and wider innovations.