The Latest P2P News – 12/10/16

P2P News – All The Latest Updates

 

Hi guys and welcome to our October P2P news blog round-up. As usual, we’ll be taking a look at the latest goings-on in the P2P world and today we start our round-up and look at the proposed regulations that peer-to-peer lenders would like to see in place to giving you some of our very own P2P tips! Missed our previous round-ups? If so, catch up here.

Peer-To-Peer Lenders Want Tougher Regulations

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Peer-to-peer lenders have said there is an “urgent” need for tougher regulation of their own sector to ensure that consumers understand the risks they are exposed to, thus avoiding a future backlash if investments fail to perform. (FT.com, October 2016)

Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA)’s Robert Pettigrew stressed that investors need to realise that peer-to-peer lending products in no shape or form resemble anything equivalent to the guarantees represented by a bank deposit.

The P2PFA mentioned that advertisements from lenders suggesting that peer-to-peer loans were similar to a bank or savings deposit with instant access were “unhelpful”. Eight of the P2PFA members who control a large majority of the UK market are requesting that the regulator sets out stricter guidelines on how loans are marketed to consumers, as well as setting out common standards for declaring bad debts.

Back in February, Lord Adair Turner (who will feature in our third P2P news story) — former chair of the FCA’s predecessor, the Financial Services Authority — told a journalist that, over the next decade, peer-to-peer loans could be the source of losses that “make the worst bankers look like absolute lending geniuses”.

The P2PFA have admitted that they would welcome the development of new rules to “protect not exclude” retail investors, they claim that peer-to-peer lenders have introduced beneficial competition and choice into the investment and borrowing markets respectively.

There has been this fear by some that P2P is confusing in understanding the differences between the concept and also equity crowdfunding.

However, as mentioned in our previous P2P news round-up, the P2PFA stated that there was no evidence to suggest that consumers are currently underestimating the risks associated with peer-to-peer lending as different platforms have adopted a variety of approaches to ensure a high level of consumer understanding. Top industry lenders recommend that investors should require financial advice if they are unsure about the investing process.

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Chinese P2P: Loans More Than Doubled in September

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Chinese P2P loans more than doubled to a record high at the end of September, despite the on-going challenges that the Chinese authorities face in regulating the exponentially growing sector.According to the official Xinhua news agency, P2P loans surged 153.5 percent to 956 billion yuan ($143 billion).

What’s particularly interesting from the data is that more than a month after China’s banking regulator used aggressive measures to restrain the P2P sector, warning that almost half of the 4,000-odd online lending platforms were seen as problematic.

So how has The Red Dragon been able to sustain P2P growth during problematic times? Many people moving from rural areas have a difficult time getting the loans they need because there is perception that they are not credit-worthy, because of this, there has been a surge in demand for P2P lending products and services. The government has taken steps to clean up the industry after a series of scandals (such as the Ezubao scandal which springs to mind).

 

Lord Turner Changes His Tune on P2P Lending

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As briefly mentioned in the first story, one of the industry’s most well-known critics of peer-to-peer lending, Lord Adair Turner, has changed of his tune, he is now suggesting that the sector could potentially prevent a future credit crunch.

During a recent speech, Lord Turner was complimentary of the industry, he even suggested that online peer-to-peer lenders could perform credit underwriting.

In addition, he predicts that P2P lending could even act as a “spare tyre to the credit system, making credit crunches less likely.”

In contrast, he still stood by his comments that he made back in February about P2P causing losses, but understood that this loss would only make up a small part of the sector.

Image source : Business Insider

 

P2PFA Releases Major Research on Economics of P2P Lending

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The P2PFA has released a commissioned study on the economics of the peer to peer lending market in the UK. The independent assessment, provided by the economic consulting firm of Oxera, analysed the risks, costs and benefits of peer-to-peer lending and provided an objective account of how P2P business models work. (Crowdfund Insider, October 2016)

The research primarily focused on the eight-member platforms of the P2PFA – which are known for their high standards of transparency and operation – the P2PFA members comprise over seventy-five per cent of the UK market.

Oxera’s Reinder van Dijk, sees P2P lending as a “real innovation” bringing benefits to both borrowers and investors.

Some key takeaways from the research was that P2P lending has created additional competition and choice in the market for loans and investment, in addition, it provides alternatives for retail investors, opening up access to risk-and-return from an asset class of consumer and business loans with net returns of between 4%-8%.

Moreover, P2P lending does not create systemic risk, and platforms are well-placed to weather a downturn in the credit cycle – borrower defaults would need to increase at least threefold to reduce average interest rates to investors below zero.

It was also revealed that the majority of investors have a good understanding of the associated risks involved.

You can read the full report below.

UK P2PFA 2016.09.30 – Oxera Report – The Economics of P2P Lending by CrowdfundInsider on Scribd

 

Basic P2P Tips

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To end this month’s round-up, we thought we would share some basic P2P tips to help you on your way to getting started with peer to peer investments.

Our first P2P tip of the day is to diversify – just like with a stock market portfolio diversifying is key, with P2P lending, you should further diversify by spreading investments across multiple platforms. End of the day, the more you diversify, the less likely you’ll be to lose money on your investment.

Our second tip is to do your research. As Francis Bacon once said knowledge is power. Read the reviews on each platform you consider before getting involved. In addition, ask fellow investors of their experiences. It’s worth noting that not all lending platforms are the same, so make sure you’ve researched how they conduct their business and study their procedures for screening borrowers, as well as learning how they deal with late payments and defaults.

Finally, make sure you re-invest! The last thing you want is to have a static investment, DO take advantage of the compounding yields to be gained by continual reinvestment of returns into new loans.

Looking for more tips? It’s a bit of luck we’re a generous bunch at The House Crowd, view our 7 Top Tips for Investing in P2P Lending here.

 

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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

MarketInvoice P2P

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.

Image source : Tech City News

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.

Image source : The Connectivist

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

 

Image source : Tech.co

 

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Which of our chosen P2P stories has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, tweet @TheHouseCrowd.

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