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Assetz Capital CEO Stuart Law Talks Record £3M+ Seedrs, Competitive Loans, Interests Rates & Fintech’s Future

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Fresh from celebrating its two year birthday, Assetz Capital made another announcement: Assetz Capital, a British peer-to-peer lending platform exceeded its fundraising target of £2 million by raising funds from 731 investors through investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs. The firm, which specializes in providing loans to SMEs… Read More

Cherry Picking of P2P Loans? Not So Fast

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As Crowdfund Insider covered recently, the FT wrote up an article that inferred that “Cherry Picking” of peer to peer loans presently posed an issue in allowing a level playing field between retail and institutional investors. Following the article, we had an enlightening conversation with representatives of… Read More

No ‘Cherry-picking,’ Says The UK’s Peer-to-Peer Finance Association

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2015 may be the year of the great British cherry, according to the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, but the trade body overseeing the UK peer-to-peer lending industry is getting ready to introduce a rule against allowing institutions to “cherry-pick” the most desirable loans at the expense… Read More

Watch: House Committee on Small Business Discusses Peer to Peer Lending

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The House Committee on Small Business held a hearing this past week to discuss peer to peer lending.  With the influx of institutional funds into P2P lending platforms, many direct lenders are taking up the banner of “Marketplace Lending”.  This does not mean small investors… Read More

Funding Circle’s Sam Hodges Presents at the House Committee on Small Business​ Hearing

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In a Wednesday hearing titled “Bridging the Small Business Capital Gap: Peer-to-Peer Lending,” Funding Circle‘s co-founder and managing director Sam Hodges presented to the House Committee on Small Business​. According to the committee’s website, “The purpose of the hearing was to examine the rise of peer-to-peer lending platforms… Read More

Congressional Committee on Small Business to Discuss Peer to Peer Lending

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The Committee on Small Business, in the US House of Representatives, will discuss peer to peer lending on Wednesday, May 13th, at the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled Bridging the Small Business Capital Gap: Peer to Peer Lending. According to a notice from… Read More

Funding Circle, National Small Business Association, Form Partnership

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Peer to peer lending platform Funding Circle has formed a new partnership with the National Small Business Association (NSBA). The new arrangement is designed to “help Main Street get better access to growth capital”.  The NSBA has an active membership of 65,000 businesses.  Their members… Read More

Funding Circle Gets $150 Million in Funding. P2P Lender is Now Over $1 Billion in Originations.

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Funding Circle has just received another capital boost in the amount of $150 million.  The equity funding round was lead by DST Global with participation from Baillie Gifford, a fund managed by Blackrock, Sands Capital Ventures and Temasek. Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive placement agent… Read More

Funding Circle In Talks With Singaporean Fund Temasek To Raise Capital For Expansion

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Funding Circle, which claims to be the “world’s leading online marketplace lender exclusively focused on small business,” is in advanced talks with Temasek Holdings, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, to sell a stake in itself, according to Sky News. The move is part of a fundraising effort–to… Read More

BlackRock & Singapore’s Temasek to Buy Stakes in Funding Circle

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Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek and money manager BlackRock are set to buy stakes in Funding Circle in deals that could value the British peer-to-peer lending platform at more than $1 billion, reported Sky News today. Temasek plans to invest about 30 million pounds ($44.4 million)… Read More

RateSetter Secures £20 Million Investment from Ken Costa, Woodford Investment Management & Artemis

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The investment in the peer-to-peer lender RateSetter, from veteran investment banker, Ken Costa, Woodford Investment Management and Artemis, places confidence in the nascent UK P2P and crowdfunding industry. Costa also led a £25m investment in the online-only challenger bank, Atom Bank, late last year. The £20… Read More

VPC Specialty Lending Adds Positions in OnDeck, Funding Circle & Others

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VPC Speciality Lending Investments (LSE:VSL) has published a brief comment stating they have added investments in several direct lenders including OnDeck Capital, Funding Circle (USA), Upstart Network, Borro and Kreditech.  VPC has also provided a balance sheet loan to Applied Data Finance.  The company acquired… Read More

Funding Circle & Lancashire County Council Partnership Boosts 230 Local Businesses

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Peer to peer lender Funding Circle and Lancashire County Council have shared some data points on their partnership to provide capital to local businesses.  According to the pair, Lancashire County Council has directed over £1.5 million to 230 different companies.  The arrangement between the two… Read More

Chancellor George Osborne Calls UK the “Comeback Country” as He Touts FinTech, Innovation & More

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At the annual presentation of the budget to the House of Commons, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne checked off a wide ranging list of successes as the UK economy has segregated itself from much of the rest of Europe.  The contrast between the years of… Read More

The Next British Invasion: Non Registered Securities Via the Crowd Can Succeed in the United States

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At the end of 2014, Robert Steinhoff, a JD candidate at the University of Colorado Law School, published a comment on the investment crowdfunding environment in the UK drawing a parallel to what could occur in the United States. The interesting thesis recognized the UK… Read More

Victory Park Capital to List VPC Specialty Lending Investments on LSE

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Peer to peer lending investor Victory Park Capital has filed a prospectus to list shares on the main exchange of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Victory Park has been aggressively investing in P2P assets having recently committed a solid $420 million to Funding Circle in… Read More

UK Funding for Lending Scheme Continues to Fail in Mission. Funding Circle Says “Banks Are Not The Answer”

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The Bank of England has released its most recent data on the Funding for Lending program, an initiative that is supposed to compel banks to lend to business.  According to the BOE figures, lending is in decline; “Net lending by FLS Extension participants to all… Read More

Fitch Tells Community Banks There are Risks & Opportunities in Partnering with Peer to Peer Lenders

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Global financial rating agency Fitch has shared its $0.02 on the recently announced partnership of 200 community banks with Lending Club noting the agreement may introduce new risk to the small banks.  Fitch qualifies this statement by adding there may also be an opportunity present… Read More

UK Peer to Peer Lending Index Launched by AltFi

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AltFi Data has launched the first Index to track the returns available from the UK peer to peer and marketplace lending industry. The Liberum AltFi Returns Index (LARI) is described as accurately tracking peer to peer lending returns using complete loan-by-loan cash flows provided by the major platforms. Currently, the Index… Read More

Funding Circle Passes £500 Million in Loans for Small Business

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UK based business lender Funding Circle has reached a new milestone in peer to peer lending.  The 4 1/2 year old company has now topped £500 million in loans that have been provided for over 7000 UK SMEs in need of finance.   It took just shy of 4… Read More