Today, we look at borrowers and lenders in the world of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. This part of the alternative finance world is all about bringing lenders seeking excellent returns on capital together carefully vetted small companies seeking funds to grow.
Our friends at P2P Finance News report that banks are not helping too much on the lending side. PEER-TO-PEER lenders have been turned away by banks when trying to open the client money accounts that are legally necessary for them to operate. Despite the vast majority of platforms now being fully regulated, Peer2Peer Finance News has seen messages from high street and challenger banks showing they are reluctant to accept clients in the P2P sector – particularly property lenders – because of concerns over anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. Frazer Fearnhead, founder of P2P buy-to-let and development lender The House Crowd, said that he was refused by a number of banks when trying to open a client money account, while other firms have reported similar experiences in the past.
Meanwhile, lenders with Money&Co. have averaged over 8 per cent gross over more than four years and £11 million-plus of facilitating loans on our platform. The latest offering, an A-rated, property-backed loan with a fixed yield of 9 per cent and a five-year term, is 60 per cent filled. Here, Nicola Horlick, Money&Co.'s CEO, argues in Business Cloud that P2P lending is safer than investing in the stock market.
Get free Future of FinTech tickets here - limited editionGood news. A change in sponsorship arrangements has freed up a tranche of free tickets for the Future of FinTech breakfast on 12th July in London. Money&Co. CEO, Nicola Horlick, will headline the event. Numbers are limited, please use this link to claim your place now.
A Process Guide To Innovative Finance ISA InvestmentOur offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable. So here's our guide to the process:
Risk: Security, Access, YieldDo consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here's one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.