Government Promises Investment in UK Property Development

Good News as Government Promises Heavy Investment in UK Property Development

The UK Government has recently announced plans to invest billions of pounds into the creation of new residential UK property development.

UK Property Finance, one of the UK’s leading Development Finance firms, is understandably excited by the news:

“With the Treasury itself providing serious financial support for those in the property development sector,” they state. “It seems that the disconcerting issue of the lack of affordable housing across the UK is finally being taken seriously by those in power.”

The investment plan is expected to assist in the creation of 225,000 new homes across the country, with at least 15,000 anticipated to be ready and habitable by 2020. There’ll be, it seems, a £3bn injection to the Home Builders’ fund, with a further £2bn going directly to residential property developments on public land.

Insufficient Funds for UK Property Development?

However, despite this news, there are plenty of voices in the property development sector who don’t believe the figures to be sufficient to overcome the extent of the housing crisis.

“Although the amount of suggested investment is significant,” UK Property Finance goes on to say. “It still seems to fall short.”

Whilst these steps by the Government are, of course, a step in the right direction, the extent of development simply does not match the volume of population expansion. This is particularly the case for affordable housing, as increasing numbers of people are priced out of the property purchase market altogether.

Without sufficient Government backing, some affordable financial backing tailored to the needs of each development is necessary.

Enter Property Crowdfunding!

Property crowdfunding and peer-to-peer secured lending may just be the answer. Allowing investors to build a diverse portfolio of property investments across a range of property types, as well as smaller financial input requirements, the alternative finance sector is promising. A more diverse variety of investors, from high net worth to private individuals can get together to fund development projects that will help towards providing some of that much needed new housing stock.

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Despite numerous setbacks, from Brexit to tightening on mortgage lending, the UK property market seems to be remaining buoyant, with optimistic reports for the future.

The property crowdfunding and peer-to-peer secured lending market is one of the major players making a significant difference in keeping the property market moving in the UK. It’s this kind of innovation, as well as the perseverance in the face of challenging times, that is key to building a successful future for the UK property market, and the economy at large.

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The Alternative Finance Marketplace: How is Real Estate Shaping Up?

We’ve been eagerly poring through NESTA’s 2015 UK Alternative Finance Industry Report, ‘Pushing Boundaries’, since it was published in February this year. The report offers a fascinating, in-depth look at all areas of the alternative finance industry, including – crucially – the Real Estate Alternative Finance (crowdfunding and Real Estate P2P lending) market.

If you like data, you’ll love it. But if you’d prefer something a bit more readable, you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve put together our own guide to the state of the alternative finance industry, keeping the emphasis squarely on Real Estate Alternative Finance, of course.

Things have changed since NESTA published its report, ‘The Rise of Future Finance’ in 2013. At that time, the alternative finance industry was worth £939m.  In 2015, NESTA reported its value at £3.2bn. The market is on course to surpass the £5bn mark in 2016.

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It’s not just financially that the alternative finance sector has grown. It has evolved taxonomically, too.

In the 2013 report, NESTA identified a range of distinct funding models operating in the sector. Two years later, 28% of alternative finance platforms surveyed reported that they were operating a ‘mixed’ or ‘other’ business model, which does not fit into the existing taxonomy.

Real Estate Alternative Finance: Crowdfunding and P2P Lending Tops the Tables

The 2013 report has no mention whatsoever of the terms ‘real estate’ or ‘housing’. And yet, by 2015, NESTA’s report segments data on Real Estate Alternative Finance into its own category, such is the proportion of the industry it covers.

In 2015, Real Estate and Housing was the most popular sector for the alternative finance market.

  1. Real Estate and Housing
  2. Technology
  3. Manufacturing and Engineering
  4. Food and Drink
  5. Retail and Wholesale
  6. Leisure and Hospitality
  7. Community and Social Enterprise
  8. Finance
  9. Construction
  10. Education and Research

Combined debt and equity-based funding for Real Estate Alternative Finance amounted to nearly £700m in 2015, with P2P business lending in Real Estate (for mortgages and property development) taking the lion’s share: £609m – 41% of the total volume of P2P business loans in 2015.

The market volume of equity-based crowdfunding is much more modest, coming in at £87m for 2015, still a very significant sum.

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P2P Business Lending in Real Estate

In 2015, P2P real estate lending financed over 600 commercial and residential developments, mostly by small to medium sized property developers.

Of that hearty £609m funding sum for 2015, Real Estate P2P lending saw increased growth throughout the year:

Q1 → £120.78m

Q2 → £146.81m

Q3 → £152.96m

Q4 → £188.12m

Perhaps some of this extraordinary success has something to do with institutional funding in the P2P Real Estate lending sector? Institutional funding was around 25% in 2015, and up to 75% on some platforms.

P2P business lending for Real Estate comprises a range of financing models and products. There are the short term bridging finance loans, which run for a 12 to 18 month period. Them, there are the longer term (3-5 years) commercial and residential mortgages, and construction/development debt finance.

In 2015, the average size of P2P loans for Real Estate came in at £522,333, slightly under 2014’s £662,425 average. The figure for 2015 was more in line with the average UK house price than the previous year. This may be due to the growing use of P2P lending in funding residential and commercial mortgages, rather than the larger developments focused on in 2014.

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Just a quick clarification point here: regulatory constraints mean you cannot use P2P Real Estate lending for your own residential mortgage.

It’s also not a done deal to apply for a loan for a Real Estate development: in 2015, 27.5% of loan applications in P2P Real Estate lending were accepted.

The average number of lenders required to fund a typical P2P Real Estate loan? 490.

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Equity-Based Crowdfunding for Real Estate

This model enables investors to acquire ownership of a property asset, via the purchase of shares, either of a single property, or a number of properties as part of a portfolio.

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In 2015, equity-based crowdfunding for Real Estate raised a total of £87m, for 174 development projects. This is how the annual quarters looked:

Q1 → £13.09m

Q2 → £23.16m

Q3 → £35.70m

Q4 → £14.63m

Equity-based crowdfunding for Real Estate had a great year in 2015. The record for fastest funding for a development project was set: £843,100 was raised in just 10 minutes and 43 seconds, from a total of 319 investors!

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Unlike P2P Real Estate lending, with equity-based crowdfunding, there is scarcely any institutional involvement. Of the 10,626 funders participating in Real Estate crowdfunding, NESTA found that only 3% were categorised as institutional investors by the platform. This contrasts with the 77% of sophisticated or high net worth investors in the model.

Yes, equity based crowdfunded property investment is much more grass roots in many ways than the P2P Real Estate sector. The recent inclination to lower minimum investment thresholds in this area, with the aim of enticing more retail investors attests to this in a very clear way.

Whilst 27.5% of loan applications in P2P Real Estate lending were accepted in 2015, in equity-based crowdfunding for Real Estate, platform acceptance rate was much lower. Only 2.9% of deals made it onto the platform, on average.

However, deal success rate for those who did make it onto the platform was pretty high: 87%. There are also far fewer investors required for an equity deal – NESTA reports an average of 150 per deal. The average deal size for 2015 in the crowdfunding sector for property was fairly high, too: £820,042.

Real Estate Alternative Finance and Manchester

Of the 58 alternative finance platforms surveyed by NESTA for their report, 62% were – unsurprisingly – London-based. However, a significant 5.2% hailed from our home city of Manchester.

Manchester is also one of a number of regional and local authorities that have either partnered with online alternative finance platforms to fund local SMEs, or have used alternative finance methods to fund community projects.

NESTA’s data shows that the most active regions receiving funds from Real Estate crowdfunding were London (of course), the North East, and the North West. The North West was also found to be one of the top 3 regions actually providing funds.

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This isn’t terribly surprising given the growing trend for emphasising Real Estate crowdfunding within areas in need of regeneration. Manchester has, as we know, come a very long way. The economy of the North West has been transformed over the last few years, in no small part due to the heavy investment in regeneration projects, in the form of development funding from both the public and private sectors.

It is these regeneration areas that are being identified as some of the potentially best investment opportunities. Not only do they cost investors less than prime locations, but these areas are also the ones that will experience the highest growth over coming years.

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Real Estate Alternative Finance and The Government

Direct investment from the government has helped support the growth of both peer-to-peer and crowdfunding markets. In 2015, £60m was lent by the British Business Bank via P2P lending platforms, specifically for SMEs.

Tax incentives have also been applied, including the EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) and SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme). These schemes have been widely used, by a large proportion of investors using alternative funding platforms, and have been especially popular within the equity-based crowdfunding market.

The launch of the IFISA (Innovative Finance ISA) in April 2016 is also an exciting development in the alternative finance sector.

In particular, P2P business lending platforms for Real Estate expect the IFISA to generate a whopping 51.9% growth in transactional volume this year, whilst equity-based crowdfunding platforms for Real Estate predict 30.31% growth as a result of the IFISA.

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The figures for Real Estate Alternative Finance outmatch those elsewhere in the alternative finance market. P2P consumer lenders, for example, expect a 26% increase in total volume as a result of the IFISA. It’s clear that Real Estate lending stands to benefit the most.

In anticipation of the influx of retail investors expected by the onset of the IFISA, some P2P Real Estate lending platforms are even lowering their investment thresholds.

What is the IFISA?

At its most basic, the Innovative Finance ISA allows UK investors to lend money using P2P lending platforms to invest up to 100% of their £15,240 annual ISA allowance, and to receive any interest and capital gains tax-free. You can find out more here.

Institutional Investment in Real Estate Alternative Finance

Catching the scent of a good thing, institutional investors are also muscling in on the peer-to-peer real estate lending market, as they are across the alternative finance industry.

It is estimated, based on platform reporting, that in the UK in 2015, 1,031 institutional funders were at the bottom of financing loans and equity deals in alternative finance.

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45% of all alternative finance platforms reported institutional involvement in 2015. In 2014, this was 28%, and in 2013, just 11%.

For P2P business lending, in 2015 26% of total funding was attributable to institutional funding. In peer-to-peer Real Estate lending specifically, a total of 25% institutional funding was reported, with significant increase between the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year, in particular:

Q1 → 22%

Q2 → 22%

Q3 → 23%

Q4 → 31%

By contrast, however, in equity-based crowdfunding, 2015 saw just 8% of funding coming from institutions.

With institutional funding growing in the alternative finance market, as well as the influx of more high net worth investors, there is some discussion about whether the disruptive force of the alternative finance market is at risk of being stemmed.

Banking institutions have found themselves burdened with heavy regulatory compliance, cumbersome legacy systems and bureaucratic complexity. Since the debacle at the end of the last decade, the general populous has been hungry for new alternatives to the traditional financial system. Confidence has been lost, and – at the retail end of the investment spectrum at least – making one’s savings grow within the received systems has less potential for gains than what’s promised by alternative finance.

Alternative finance has become a key player in the development of a whole new generation of financial products. Along with a range of other FinTech solutions to saving, banking and investment, this revolutionary rumble has got the banks concerned.

It’s no wonder that, as such a disruptive movement grows, it finds itself on the precipice of being co-opted into the corporate world. But all the time that interest rates on savings accounts remain shockingly low, and first-time buyers view getting on the property ladder as likely as a winning Euromillions ticket, the prospect of a less suffocating alternative for growing money will continue to be thoroughly desirable.

And, focusing on Real Estate specifically, research conducted by Crowdstacker found that 44% of retail investors would like to increase their exposure to the UK property market, not only owning their own home, but also by investing through P2P lenders, like The House Crowd. Investor reluctance was found to centre around the time consuming nature and costs of property management, as well as affordability. The alternative finance model of crowdfunded property investment and P2P lending in Real Estate removes those factors from the equation.

2015 also saw the emergence of self-managed, platform-owned listed investment trusts, funds and vehicles: a sure sign that platforms are preparing to challenge the fund management space.

And as the alternative finance world continues to evolve, we are also seeing the emergence of a number of independent online aggregators, such as Informed Funding, FinPoint and ABF. These are rising up to provide additional channels and services for connecting business fundraisers to alternative finance platforms.

That being said, corporate interjection into the alternative finance space should not be considered a negative. It is this involvement that is allowing the industry to grow and evolve.

A number of P2P consumer lending platforms have struck high profile partnership deals with some big-name corporates.

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Corporate partnerships have been witnessed between alternative finance platforms and large brands such as Virgin, Amazon, Uber and Sage. As NESTA puts it, these partnerships are “fusing the traditional corporate world with the disruptive models of alternative finance”.

It is these partnerships that will aid in increasing public awareness of the alternative finance sector, but not only this. Corporate partnerships will also attract high quality borrowers, reducing default rates on P2P loans, and also offers the potential for data gathering, which will enhance the industry’s credit scoring capabilities, and inform risk management.

The increasing involvement of high net worth investors, along with institutional funding and corporate partnerships is what is allowing alternative finance to push boundaries, blur definitions, and limit the dangers of orthodoxy: it is a catalyst for rapid evolution.

Conclusion

The extraordinary growth of the industry that we have witnessed over the last few years has begun to level out.

In 2015, the UK’s alternative finance industry facilitated investments, loans and donations totalling £3.2bn. In 2014, this figure was £1.74bn – a YoY growth rate of 83.91%, which is not to be sniffed at. But when you compare this to the 161% growth between 2013 and 2014, it looks positively small.

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In 2014, 24 new alternative finance platforms began trading. This was down to 14 in 2015. Fewer new entrants are joining the market, whilst existing platforms continue to increase their total volumes at a steady rate.

Up until now, the industry appears to have been actively pushing its boundaries, both in its evolution, and in its rate of growth. Whilst the figures continue to be staggeringly impressive – with the market on course for a £5bn year in 2016 – plateauing figures are a good sign that the industry is maturing.

Alternative finance is coming of age with intelligence and dignity. It is listening to influential voices from big corporates, accepting helping hands where they are offered, and maintaining its grass roots persona. Most of all, however, it’s making money, not just for a few, but for a large body of investors all along the wealth spectrum. In Real Estate, it’s helping to regenerate run-down neighbourhoods, keeping a stagnant housing market moving, improving living standards across the board.

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In short, alternative finance may have been a disruptive teenager, but it’s growing up to be a real force for good in the middle of a blighted financial landscape. The future of finance is looking promising.

 

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7 Top Tips for Investing in P2P Lending

Peer to peer lending is a fairly new kid on the block, but one that’s making its presence clearly known. The idea behind peer to peer lending is that individuals provide unsecured loans to those looking for finance, a move that has tempting advantages (ROI-wise) on traditional bank or building society savings accounts. The P2P industry is growing at a rapid rate, driven by the awkward difficulties of obtaining loans from banks these days, as well as the general loss of faith in the established banking industry since the 2008 crash.

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Whilst, of course, not without risk, peer to peer lending has some real advantages to offer. With peer to peer secured loans through The House Crowd, short term investments with a fixed return give investors the confidence of knowing what to expect. That’s not to say, however, that you can just rush into P2P lending willy-nilly. You do need to know what you’re doing in order to make the right kind of investments for your needs.

That’s why we’ve put together these handy tips, to help you on your way to getting started with peer to peer investments in a smart and informed way!

  1. Diversify

Any financial advisor you speak to will tell you how important it is to have a fully diverse portfolio of investments. The same goes for peer-to-peer lending.

We recommend spreading your risk by ensuring you don’t lend out any more than 1% of your portfolio to one single business. With peer-to-peer lending, you should further diversify by spreading investments across multiple platforms.

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This is good advice when it comes to maximising return, and giving you the perspective to ascertain which loans are generating the best yields. Furthermore, if one platform you’re using suddenly experiences issues, or – worse still – vanishes altogether, then by having spread your risk across multiple peer to peer lending platforms, you’ll be in a far less vulnerable position.

The more you diversify, the less likely you’ll be to lose money on your investment.

  1. Research

Knowledge is power, and when it concerns your financial investments, it’s no less than crucial. There’s also no excuse for not being well-informed, especially when there is so much information out there on the web.

Read the reviews on each platform you consider before getting involved. Examine the track records of various platforms, get advice from other investors, keep notes, and compare and contrast before you dive in. It’s important to remember that not all lending platforms are the same, and each have their own practices, and procedures for screening borrowers, as well as handling late payments and defaults.

Here are some handy questions you might like to ask yourself:

  • What percentage of loans on this platform fall into default?
  • How are borrowers screened and evaluated?
  • What average returns have investors produced in the past?
  • What is the process for handling late payments?

The better informed you are, the more confident you’ll feel, and the more equipped you’ll be to make the right decisions for your money.

  1. Re-Invest

Don’t simply allow your returns to sit idle within the platform. This is a good way to lose out on potential income and lower your return on investment: uninvested cash earns no interest. Take advantage of the compounding yields to be gained by continual reinvestment of returns into new loans.

  1. Keep Involved

The peer-to-peer lending market is growing and evolving all the time. As such, it’s key to stay up to date with developments within the industry. Acquaint yourself with new platforms as they emerge, changes to legislation and about the loans themselves.

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Remember that peer to peer lending is not a passive exercise. You need to put the time in, in order to get anything out.

Some of the loans you’ve already made could be downgraded or even default, and you need to be fully aware whenever something like this happens. Keep abreast of new loan offers as they come up. Again, knowledge is power… a fact we cannot emphasise enough.

  1. Take it Slow

If you’re just starting out with P2P lending, don’t rush in. Do all that reading and research, but remember that the best way to learn is to actually begin. Start with smaller amounts, tentatively monitoring how these small investments perform. This will act as a kind of practice run, and give you the chance to understand the lending platform you’re using.

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As with anything in life, taking on too much too soon is likely to leave you feeling overwhelmed, and leave you prone to making mistakes, which could be costly.

  1. Know Your Risk Tolerance

We all have one. So, what’s yours?

Higher risk tends to equate to higher reward, but if you’re not comfortable with that level of risk, take a step back to a risk profile that fits your tolerance better. It’s important to carefully consider how much risk you’re prepared to take, and only invest accordingly.

  1. Be Prepared

A strong emergency fund is absolutely vital in order to cover your own personal expenses. Your investment funds should be comprised only of any money you have that is surplus to your daily needs and your emergency fund. Remember that you will not be able to withdraw money from your P2P platform on a whim.

These are just some of the most important factors to consider before you get cracking with P2P investment. You should, as we’ve said above, keep up to date and well-informed on the industry, and monitor your investments closely. It may feel a bit ‘hands-off’, but investments of this kind are certainly not a passive income source. The more you put in, attention-wise, the more you stand to get out.

You can always find out more about investing with The House Crowd by checking out all our guides and articles right here on our website. And if you’ve still got questions, our team is on hand to help!

Happy investing!

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The Latest P2P News – 29/7/16

P2P News – All The Latest Updates

 

Hi guys and welcome to our second P2P news edition of the month! As usual, we will be giving you a quick snapshot of the latest news with five key stories. We focus on an array of P2P topics from P2PFA releases P2P lending data for Q2 to looking at how P2P is heating up the world of fintech. Missed our last round-up? If so, catch up here.

 

P2PFA Releases Peer to Peer Lending Data for Q2

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The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) recently released its second quarter numbers for 2016.

Their data indicates that cumulative lending now stands at £5.8 billing with £658 million in lending occurring during Q2. last year, (in the same quarter) total new lending registered at£507,936,000. But Q2 numbers are a dip from Q1 2016 when total new lending came in at £715,421,000. Both the number of borrowers and lenders increased from Q1 to Q2. Zopa remains the largest lender by cumulative total followed by Funding Circle. (Crowdfund Insider, July, 2016)

Chair of P2PFA, Christine Farnish CBE mentioned in a recent Crowdfund Insider article that peer-to-peer lending is now a mainstream alternative finance product – continued expansion in the number of investors and borrowers has clearly shown this,more than 150,376 lenders and 332,107 borrowers currently using P2PFA platforms.

ThinCats, which is a P2PFA member, company founder Kevin Caley also shared his thoughts in the article, Mr. Caley stated : alternative finance “is playing a major role in bridging the UK’s business funding gap.”

He is also stressed that although there is still a lot of uncertainties due to the Brexit vote, peer-to-peer platforms won’t be sitting on their hands and will continue to bring disruptive innovations to the market as well as being an alternative to traditional market based lenders.

Read more on the P2PFA research here.

 

UK Invoice Finance Platform, Raises Another £7.2M

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MarketInvoice, which plays in the peer-to-peer lending space by enabling U.K. businesses to raise money from institutional investors and high net worth individuals by ‘selling’ outstanding invoices, has raised a further £7.2 million. (Tech Crunch, July 2016)

MCI Capital, a listed Polish private equity group as well as existing backer Northzone have been involved with MarketInvoice’s funding – which now brings the total investment to just over £18 million.

The company told Tech Crunch that the raised funds will be used to help sustain its claimed position as the leader in invoice financing in the U.K., and also for product development.

In a nutshell, MarketInvoice works with hedge funds, asset managers, family Offices, and high net worth individuals. In addition, real-time auctions are used to determine how much of an invoice’s value will be provided as capital (minus the bidder’s cut), the company then makes money by also taking a small cut.

To sum it up, they enable businesses (from SMEs to larger companies) to free up money owed before an outstanding invoice is paid, thus providing much-needed liquidity. In turn, it gives investors a new asset class. Invoice finance and other forms of P2P lending play into a narrative that has seen banks reluctant to lend to small and medium-sized businesses and interest rates at a historic low, as Tech Crunch’s Steve O’Hear mentions.

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Governance and Regulations are Key to the Future of P2P

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As mentioned in previous P2P news blogs, governance and regulations are key for the p2p industry, especially in countries such as China which has seen a lot of fraudulent activity (the Ezubao case springs to mind which was briefly mentioned in our last P2P round-up).

So why do we need it? Regulation and governance helps to protect both the investor and borrower, and gives the sector added credibility and will only serve to boost awareness and participation, as Money observer’s Chris Maule points out in an Interactive Investor article.

Here in the UK, measures have already been put in place, the industry here is known for being transparent, for example, the P2PFA make sure its members publish their loan books, reveal bad debt rates and include five years’ worth of credit performance.

The actions of the recent Lending Club case (which you can read about in one of previous P2P blogs) should be a sobering reminder of what could happen if they fail to play their parts in developing a transparent and honest product.

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P2P Funds Are Unaffected by Brexit vote

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders could stand to gain a greater market share as some banks have reduced appetites to lending in the wake of Brexit, according to Chirag Shah, CEO of Nucleus Commercial Finance. (Bridging and Commercial, July 2016)

Nucleus Commercial Finance’s CEO explained that P2P lenders are at an advantage as investors are less likely to withdraw their funding, this is all linked to some lenders that have begun to lose their funding lines as a result of financial turmoil caused by the recent EU referendum.

FundingKnight‘s managing director Jasper Ehrhardt, also agrees that P2P has been untouched by post-Brexit uncertainty.

His view is that P2P has an added advantage of having access to non-institutional funds, which are unaffected by Brexit and are the underlying drivers for continuing the low level of returns available from more traditional vehicles, such as savings accounts.

In addition, he stresses that the incentive has stayed the same, as P2P continues to see above-average rates of return on platforms, compared to bank and savings deposits.

Read more industry views here.

P2P is Heating up the World of Fintech

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We all know about how fintech is revolutionising finance and disrupting the banking sector and never before has the industry seen such a rapid and strong movement until now.

It’s now easier than ever to digitally connect people to money, and P2P lending takes advantage of that, and is growing by the numbers (as previously mentioned in the first news item).

Nikos Antoniade, CEO of easyMarkets, a company specialized in analyzing financial markets, says that the rise of fintech-related technologies is overwhelming, and that despite of all criticism, P2P lending is here to stay. (Tech.co, July, 2016)

With so many segments of fintech, from payments, insurtech, asset management, etc. P2P is definitely one segment that is heating up, as this chart below from Zopa shows.

 

Zopa P2P Graph

 

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The Latest P2P News – 7/7/16

P2P News – All The Latest Updates

 

Hi guys and welcome to our first P2P news blog of the month, as usual we will be giving you a snapshot of the latest news from the P2P world. This week we look at an array of topics from looking at the future of P2P to looking at how P2P performed last year. Missed our last P2P news update? If so, catch up here, in addition, take a look at Michele’s latest post on Real Estate P2P and Crowdfunding Leads Alternative Finance Industry.

P2P Has A Bright Future, Insists Dianrong Founder

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Founder and chief executive of China’s peer-to-peer lending platform Dianrong.com, Soul Htite feels that more platforms will collapse in the future.

As mentioned previously in a past P2P news blog round-up, the news of Lending Club’s founder Renaud Laplanche, stepping down from his position following an internal probe over allegedly mis-sold loans has made many question the legitimacy of the industry.

Dianrong’s founder mentioned in a recent South China Morning Post article that a system needs to created that nobody will be able to do what Ezubao (a Chinese P2P that defrauded 900,000 investors out of more than 50 billion yuan by offering high interest rates which it was unable to pay) did.

One idea he mentions about is to ask every P2P platform out there to have a custodian bank with which borrowers must have an account.

Moreover, he goes on to say : “The existence of custodian banks also makes sure that capital actually exists and flows to the borrower so that any Ponzi Scheme could be avoided.”

Htite’s company have also been experimenting with blockchain technology, which seems to be a key trend at the moment recently, with quite a few Indian P2P companies also conducting their own research on using the concept.

It seems the future of P2P (not just in China, but on a global level) will be a lot more transparent, as the Diarong example shows by using a custodian bank.

Htite told the South China Morning Post that he believes it is “very normal” to see market bubbles burst and is sure more Chinese P2P platforms will vanish due to failing to raise the money they need to survive.

He stresses that the companies who make industry adjustments will be the ones left standing.

You can read the full article here.

 

Disruptive P2P JustUs Launches

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A new lending platform has launched with plans to raise to raise £5.35m, including £1m on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. (MEN, June, 2016).

JustUs aims to become a provider of the broadest range of peer-to-peer consumer loans and secured lending.

Financial services entrepreneur Lee Birkett mentioned in the MEN : “I believe we are completely disrupting the status quo with a range of accessible products for borrowers from a comprehensive range of backgrounds and credit history.”

In addition, he stressed this new P2P disrupter is democratic, by the people, for the people. Savers are uninspired by their humdrum returns. JustUS can give customers access to higher returns by bringing them together with a broad mix of consumer, guarantor and secured loan products.

During Beta testing of the JustUs site, it attracted £130m of borrower applications from a marketing spend of just £150,000.

Read more on the story here.

 

Alternative Finance Continues To Make Progress Despite Slowdown

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Data from Cambridge University has shown that P2P lending for SMEs is helping drive continued growth in the alternative finance industry, despite an overall slowdown in the market.

Their research found that the UK online alternative finance industry grew by 84% to £3.2bn in 2015, from £1.74bn in 2014. This is compared to year-on-year growth between 2013 and 2014 of 161%. (CBR, February 2016)

Researchers at the university estimate that P2P business lending, excluding real estate lending, provided the equivalent of 13.9% of new bank loans to small businesses in the UK last year, this was based on 2014 data from the British Bankers Association.

Interested in the research conducted by Cambridge University? If so read more here.

 

P2P Lending Should Outperform In A Downturn

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According to Polar Capital’s Nick Grind, a significant downturn in the global economy should see P2P/marketplace lending funds outperform regular credit markets. (Altfi, June 2016)

His logic is that investment trusts could be buying back their shares to manage the discounts, plus in a downturn you’re going to see spreads widen on a fixed income portfolio.

The attraction of buying of buying P2P GI or one of the others is that in theory you are getting good risk adjusted returns and there is a lot of granularity.

Read more on Grind’s insights here.

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P2P Throwback : 2015 The Year P2P Lending Went Mainstream

P2P 2015

Since today falls on Throwback Thursday, we thought we would take a look back at P2P in 2015.

2015 was a landmark year for P2P in this country, with lending of £1.26 billion in 2015 accounting for almost half (47%) of all UK P2P lending.

In addition, consumer lending accounted for almost £1.1 billion of P2P lending in 2015, more than two-fifths (40.6%) of the total. In third place was invoice factoring and financing which, at a third of a billion pounds, accounted for an eighth (12.4%) of total lending. (Assetz Capital, January 2016).

The Big three P2P firms continued to dominate, in 2015 Zopa lent £532 million, Funding Circle were not to far behind but ended the year in second place with £531 million.

RateSetter finished the year with £518 million and came third. The likes of Lendinvest and Wellesley & Co. also had a great year, lending £301 million and £152 million respectively.

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