Social networking has given rise to new and unique ways of interactions. Today you can do more than just chat and share ideas, but rather make those ideas a reality through social networks. Those who have money to invest can leed money to those with innovating ideas to execute.
One such a company that provides peer-to-peer lending and borrowing platform is lending club formed in the US with its headquarters in San Francisco, California. If the good reviewofLendingClub are anything to go by, this peer-to-peer lending platform is changing lives.
How it was formed
The Lending Club was started as a social network service and later registered with the Security Exchange Commission (SEC). The social network foundation was to give members and opportunity to form social relationships and identify group affinities that would later be used as LendingMatch to identify common relationship factors within the affinity group. This helps to reduce the defaulter risk as the borrowers were assumed to be less likely to break the social ties between lenders with whom they had already formed a social relationship.
How it works
It’s a platform which connects borrowers and lenders. The borrower creates a loan listing on the website and details about themselves as well as the intended purpose of the loan. The borrower is vetted by the Lending Club on the basis of credit score and credit history to determine the credit worthiness.
The credit worthiness of the borrower determines the interest rate and fees that are to apply for the listed loan. The loans offered to the investors as Prime Consumer Notes graded from A1 through G5 with interest rates that directly proportion to the risk.
By browsing through the listed loan, the investor decides on the Prime consumer Notes to buy on the basis of the information provided by Lending Club about the borrower’s credit worth and the purpose of the loan.
The notes issued become the obligation of the Club after purchasing the loans from the issuing bank. The loans are unsecured and the investor only enters into an agreement with the Lending Club and not the borrower. This is a concern to many investors since in case of insolvency or bankruptcy, their risk losing all or some of the money.
However, the investors are well aware that there is no venture with has no risk involved. And in this case the risk is an informed which they are willing and ready to take after weighing it against the benefits involved.
An investor benefit from interest rates charged on the loan of between 6 %-26%, depending on risks associated with the loan. The higher the risk the higher the returns the investor can take home. The investor also can cash in the notes to another investor before maturity date through a secondary market like, FOLIOfn Investments.
The benefit to the borrower makes the club even better than most financial lending institutions. The borrowers can apply for the loan online and can review the loan that they qualify for depending on their credit score. With a good credit score a borrower can pay as low as 6% and can repay fully the loan at any time and save on future interest rates.
With the good reviews from investors of the Lending Club, the future looks bright for both the investors and borrowers.