What Happened At Lending Club?

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Questions will inevitably be asked of the whole sector.

Renaud Laplanche,  CEO of Lending Club, the flagship US peer-to-peer lender, resigned suddenly this morning, amid reports that staff had falsified the company records to sell a parcel of loans to an institutional investor. Only one investor was affected, and Funding Club subsequently corrected the transaction by buying the loans back at par.

Theree other executives have also resigned. It isn't clear at time of writing whether Laplanche was personally involved, or he resigned because the wrongdoing took place 'on his watch.' 

EU Shows Support for Crowdfunding

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The European Commission has declared its support for equity crowdfunding as an alternative source of finance for Europe's start-ups. The EC has worked out what the UK has known for a while, that an innovation which connects savings to growth and improves the flow of funding to businesses merits the wholehearted support of government.

We'll drink to that

How Risky Is Peer-to-Peer Lending?

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Peer-to-peer lending attracts people looking for higher returns, but many people are put off by the risks involved. But one size doesn't have to fit all.

Asset-backed loans are less risky for the lender. If the borrower has difficulty making the repayments, the lenders have the legal right to take some of the borrower's assets, and sell them to make up the payments.

P2PFA Head: We're Less Risky Than The Stock Market

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Christine Farnish of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association delivered a robust defence of peer-to-peer lending this weekend, declaring it 'less risky than the stock market' and comparing the new generation of lenders to Google for their innovative potential.

Ms Farnish also criticised the management of troubled retailer BHS this morning, for failing to manage the company's finances and balance their responsibilies to customers, pensioners and shareholders. 

Pension Crowd Discovers EIS and SEIS

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Equity crowdfunders have known for a long time the value of the government-backed Enterprise and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS and SEIS).Now, following recent changes made by the Chalncellor of the Exchequer, early stage companies may find they can attract funding from wealthy individuals saving towards their retirement.