Lending Club – Reviews Scams Complaints Strategy – What’s Your Take On It?

July 6th, 2012 by Craig Mullins

So I was reading the latest edition (June 25, 2012) of Forbes magazine today.

I bought it for the article “81 new ways to get rich from do-it-yourself funds to legal tax dodges, the ultimate battle plan for your cash”.  One article on page 172 by Chris Barth caught my eye entitled “Lend The Neighbor – Looking for yield? Put some peer-to-peer loans in your portfolio”.

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According to wikipedia this is what peer to peer lending is:

“Person-to-person lending (also known as peer-to-peer lending, peer-to-peer investing, and social lending; abbreviated frequently as P2P lending) is a certain breed of financial transaction (primarily lending and borrowing, though other more complicated transactions can be facilitated) which occurs directly between individuals or “peers” without the intermediation of a traditional financial institution. Person-to-person lending is for the most part a for-profit activity, this distinguishes it from person-to-person charities, person-to-person philanthropy and crowdfunding which also create connections between donors and recipients of donations but are nonprofit movements.”

So I’m curious if any of my blog readers have ever done any Peer to Peer lending (P2P) with a site like Lending Club (based in San Francisco, California) or Prosper. Is this a scam? Does anyone have any complains about lending club? What reviews do you have about Lending Club? How much money have you made or lost? Do you have any recommended strategies for picking the best notes?

Here’s a few strategies and good sites I’ve found:

http://www.lendstats.com/
http://www.nickelsteamroller.com/lendingclub_return
http://www.nickelsteamroller.com/chart
http://www.nickelsteamroller.com/
http://www.mydollarplan.com/how-to-earn-high-returns-with-lending-club/
http://lcp2p.blogspot.com/2012/01/low-risk-high-return-lending-club.html
http://www.lendanalyst.com/blog/lending-club-risk-avoidance-investment-strategy
http://smartpeerlending.com/posts/investing-strategy-duel
http://www.sociallending.net/investing-lending/how-i-invest-in-lending-club-and-prosper/
http://smartpeerlending.com/statistics/lending-club-statistics

One Response to “Lending Club – Reviews Scams Complaints Strategy – What’s Your Take On It?”

  1. Matt Says:

    I’ve been on Prosper for about 3 months now. I currently have 106 loans (all at $25). I had a friend mention it on Facebook and got me interested. I respect him a lot and he told me he’s been using it off and on for the last 3 years with good returns (14%). I took my time selecting loans under my specific criteria, which I decided on after using lendstats.com (currently offline) and reading several blogs and forums. Most of my loans have at least one payment in at this point, and only one loan is currently late. There’s obviously risks involved, but I’m very happy currently with both the websites UI and the philosophies behind this growing market.

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