Peer-to-peer lending platform JustUs announced this week it has received full authorization by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The online lender revealed that the full authorization is a pre-requisite to offer the JustUs Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) and registration forms have been submitted to HMRC with a planned launch of the ISA in October.
“I am thrilled we have secured this authorisation. It has been a long process and we understand the need for the FCA to be thorough and rigorous. It means we can now push on and raise significant funds to establish JustUs as a true market leader. A number of our larger competitors have been unable to satisfy the regulatory requirements to operate a peer-to-peer lending platform, and have withdrawn from the application process. We wholeheartedly believe in the spirit of peer-to-peer and as a team have all invested a huge amount of the time, money and effort to deliver a unique proposition to UK borrowers and savers.”
JustUs also reported it plans to launch a number of market-leading products including offering; bridging loan rates from 7% p.a. compared to a market average of 10%; unsecured loans from 10% compared to a credit card average of 18%; guarantor loans of 28% compared to a market average of 42% and buy-to-let mortgages offering up to 3.5% interest payable to lenders and fixed rate borrower interest rates for up to 15 Years from 4.5% fixed. Angel investor and JustUs advisor Sir John Hegarty then added:
“Gaining full regulatory approval shows our belief in the business model Lee and his team presented to us was justified. That is why we at The Garage are so pleased to be part of JustUs.”