Have you ever wondered why P2P sites like Prosper and Lending Club allow anyone to invest while other sites like CircleBack and Funding Circle limit participation to “accredited investors”? The answer depends upon the way U.S. securities laws work.
New alternative lenders are offering a path between banks, which lend primarily to the most creditworthy small businesses, and cash advance lenders, which thrive on subprime candidates.
Similar to the way Prosper and Lending Club have provided an alternative for people to get loans, OnDeck is offering a way for small businesses who wouldn’t normally be considered for a loan to receive capital. OnDeck can make a lending decision within minutes, and fund within a day.
As the economic recovery continues, new entrants see an opportunity to lend at interest rates approaching 10% and sometimes much more.
Barclays Africa (Absa) has acquired a 49% stake in peer-to-peer lender, RainFin.
Mosaic Inc., the operator of an online financing system that lets individuals invest in commercial solar plants, is introducing a peer-to-peer network for people to directly fund residential projects.
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