Marketplace Lending News Roundup – December 5, 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.

Funding Circle’s peer-to-peer trust raises £150m in London Stock Exchange listing from The Telegraph – The new FundingCircle £150M fund listed on the London Stock Exchange this week.

NSR Invest Platform Aims To Open Peer-To-Peer Investing Marketplace To Advisors from Nerd’s Eye View ( – Good explanation of how NSR Invest is opening up p2p lending for financial advisors.

Mapping out the Funds Universe: Part 2 from AltFi – Another great article by Sam Hodges about the fund landscape in the UK.

Peter Renton Celebrates Lend Academy’s Fifth Anniversary: “We’ve Come a Long Way, But There’s Still More to Do” from Crowdfund Insider – We appreciate the shoutout about our 5th birthday.

The CEO of the world’s hottest fintech startup is targeting a $30 billion valuation from Business Insider – Wow. SoFi are setting themselves some lofty goals – like a $30B valuation.

Lufax seeks $1bn in new funding amid China lending drive from Financial Times – In April Lufax raised $500M, now they are looking to add another $1B at a $15B – $20B valuation.

International P2P Lending Volumes November 2015 from P2P-Banking – The November p2p lending loan volumes for Europe are out with Funding Circle taking the lead.

Is Peer-to-Peer Lending the Future of Banking? (video) from Bloomberg – Sam Hodges gives his thoughts on the Chase-OnDeck deal and bank partnerships in this short interview on Bloomberg.

The Evolving Nature of Capital in Marketplace Lending from Orchard – Article by CommonBond CFO about the growth of marketplace lending and how it is evolving.

China Unicorns Promise Bumpy Ride from Bloomberg – Thoughts on the Chinese p2p lending market as Yirendai gets ready to do an IPO.

Fintech Must Lead The Way to Free Finance from The End of Banking – Fascinating piece about regulation, systemic risk and how marketplace lending could be regulated.

Prime Meridian Capital Management Merges with Poise Lending, Adds Third Marketplace Lending Fund from Prime Meridian – P2P lending fund pioneer is expanding with a new fund.

This Lender Lures Millennials With Free Cocktail Parties from Bloomberg – Great article about how SoFi is turning financial services on its head.

Crowdfunding platform Funding Circle is the third biggest lender for small businesses in the UK behind only RBS and Lloyds from City A.M. – In the UK Funding Circle is now the third largest lender to small businesses. Impressive.

Interview with Alejandro Cosentino, CEO of Afluenta from P2P-Banking – Alejandro Cosentino talks about the growth and challenges for Afluenta in Latin America.

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.

Inventory Crowdfunding On Kickfurther – Investors get some more details on investing with Kickfurther.

Worst Month Yet – Lending Club returns continue to decrease for some investors.

Sell Strategy – Forum members chime in with their FOLIOfn selling strategies.

  • Peter Renton

    Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of Fintech Nexus, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series. Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.