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Here are some of the latest peer-to-peer lending and financial innovation stories from around the web:

  • Roundup of Social Lending News – December 24, 2011 – Every Saturday I bring you the latest news from the world of peer to peer lending. These are the best of the news articles and blog posts from around the web that I shared on Twitter this past week. I expected the week before Christmas to be a pretty quiet one on the news front but that…
  • Peer to Peer Lending Feature on Fox News – Earlier this week there was a short story on p2p lending on Fox News. It was focused on how small businesses are using Prosper and Lending Club to obtain loans and there was also some general discussion about the industry. An article like this normally would just get mentioned in my Saturday news roundup but…
  • Zopa Italy Becomes Smartika – Zopa Italy will rebrand and change domain and company name. The new service will be available at Smartika.it. Maurizio Sella, CEO of Zopa Italy announced that the franchise agreement with Zopa has been resolved. The new company operates under the status of a payment institute….
  • Milaap Reports 10M INR in P2P Loans to India’s Working Poor – P2P microfinance service Milaap.org reports the milestone of 10 million indian rupees (approx 190,000 US$) lent in 18 months with a repayment rate of 100% so far. Good news right in time for Christmas!…
  • No Google, Lending Club is Not a Scam – I was tooling around on Google earlier this week and I noticed this screen above. When you type the term “Lending Club” into the Google search box Google tries to anticipate what you are really wanting to know. So it provides some suggestions. The graphic above shows the top four suggestions that Google thinks is…
  • Use a Ladder to Climb Your Way to a Better Return – In our previous blog post, we demonstrated how investing in 5-year Prosper Notes can produce higher returns, better credit risk management, more diversification and higher monthly income. In today’s blog, we illustrate how investors can diversify their portfolios by laddering. If you’re seeking a way to reduce portfolio risk while maintaining returns, consider adding 5-year…
  • A Look Back at the Lending Club and Prosper Quiet Periods – photo credit: Katie Tegtmeyer This is a question I get regularly: what does this “Quiet Period” thing mean? When discussing the history of Lending Club and Prosper I have often mentioned this mysteriously named Quiet Period but I have never fully explained what this meant. So today we will take a look back and explain…
  • Roundup of Social Lending News – December 17, 2011 – Every Saturday I bring you the latest news from the world of peer to peer lending. These are the best of the news articles and blog posts from around the web that I shared on Twitter this past week. Even though many of us are gearing up for holidays there was plenty of interesting coverage of p2p…
  • Kiva Enters Direct P2P Microfinance – Kiva Zip is an experimental site facilitating direct p2p microfinance loans without any intermediaries. The original Kiva model relies on MFIs (microfinance institutions) which locally validate borrower request and disburse the money and collect the repayments.
    Kiva Zip eliminates the intermediaries directly connecting lender and borrower in person to person microlending. This will reduce interest rates…

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