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Lending Works And HNW Lending PLUS Ratings Updates

HNW Lending PLUS Rating update HNW Lending* now has 3/3 PLUSes – the highest and top 4thWay PLUS Rating – on both its senior loans and junior loans. Previously, its junior loans had a 2/3 PLUS Rating. For junior loans, its 4thWay Risk Score ticked down one to 6/10, i.e. the score got one point… Read more

Thoughts On Lendy And BondMason Closures

This is just a brief note on the two recent P2P lending site closures. Lendy has closed after lenders suffered a high amount of late and bad debt, as well as very expensive legal problems, among other things. (I wrote about some of its issues last year in Lendy Sends Shockwaves But No Surprises.) BondMason… Read more

P2P Lending And IFISA Cashback Deals Available Now

Some P2P lending sites currently offer attractive cashback deals for new lenders of up to £250 or 10%. A P2P lending site should convincingly pass a lot of tests before you trust it with your money. Accepting cashback bribe with your ordinary peer-to-peer lending accounts or your IFISAs is usually way, way down at the bottom of… Read more

 Win £100 In May – By Helping Fellow 4thWay Users

In May, the most interesting and well-written comment about peer-to-peer lending or IFISAs that is posted on 4thWay’s discussion boards, or the most interesting emailed contribution we receive, will win £100 if we choose to publish it. We may even pay out for more than one contribution if we can’t decide on a winner. It… Read more

Latest 4thWay PLUS Rating News

4thWay’s experts are now part-way through their latest reassessment of the P2P lending sites’ (and P2P IFISA providers’) 4thWay PLUS Ratings. As usual, they took the opportunity to make measurable improvements to our ratings methodology. All the improvements make the 4thWay team feel better, because they ironed out a couple of creases. But, on this… Read more

The IFISA (P2P ISA) Guide

We have nagged the taxman’s notoriously tight-lipped officials, and chased down accountants, IFISA providers and even 4thWay’s own skilled experts to give you answers to all your IFISA questions, as well questions you never thought to ask. Here goes: What is an IFISA? An IFISA allows you to lend up to £20,000 per tax year (which… Read more

4 Lessons For P2P Lenders From 2018

2018 was another record year for peer-to-peer lending, with several big players passing major milestones last year. Big numbers and positive returns During 2018, Zopa* passed the £4 billion mark for cumulative lending since launching in 2005, while cumulative loans at RateSetter* passed £3 billion in late 2018. With P2P lending now 14 years old,… Read more

Man Down!

One of your fellow 4thWay webite users, “JamesFrance”, has now retired from the user panel that governs 4thWay, after working voluntarily on your behalf for several years to ensure 4thWay remains independent. 4thWay’s Panel of Peers ensures our accuracy, impartiality, and candid research. James, I want to give you a big thanks on behalf of… Read more

How Is Peer-to-Peer Lending Taxed?

When you earn money through peer-to-peer lending it is usually classed as income, so you could be charged income tax. There are, however, huge tax breaks, including an automatic break for many people, as well as specific peer-to-peer lending accounts that you can open which are always tax free. Key P2P tax rules in bullets Most… Read more

Lendy Sends Shockwaves But No Surprises

From our point of view, it was never a good start for  Lendy, formerly called Saving Stream. Since the beginning, it never passed the basic, simple tests cited in principles one and three of 4thWay’s 10 P2P Investing Principles. In short, Lendy hasn’t provided enough information about its risks and rewards to be properly assessed… Read more

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers “bonds”. Unlike its P2P lending service, its bonds don’t allow you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers two “bonds”, one of which is available as an ISA.

Unlike its P2P lending service, neither of these bonds allows you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers two “bonds”, one of which is available as an ISA.

Unlike its P2P lending service, neither of these bonds allows you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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Why are Orchard’s interest rates different?

Orchard’s lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Orchard’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

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Why are Wellesley’s interest rates different?

Wellesley’s P2P lending rates appear higher on its own website than on 4thWay®.

This is because we calculate Wellesley’s interest rates the same way most other P2P lending websites do. We do this so that you can compare the rates more easily and so that they show a more accurate picture of what you’ll earn.

Important information before you visit Wellesley & Co.

Wellesley & Co. is primarily a P2P lending website.

But, when you visit the Wellesley website, you’ll see that it also offers “bonds”. Unlike its P2P lending service, its bonds don’t allow you to lend directly to 100+ borrowers.

Instead, you lend to Wellesley and it lends to other borrowers.

We have not risk-rated either of those bonds, but we expect that their structure makes them more risky, particularly because you’re lending to just one borrower.

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