First loans default at Smava

As reports the first 2 loans at German p2p lending service have defaulted. Since the Start in March 2007 a loan volume of 1 million Euro (approx. 1.4 million US$) has been funded at Smava. The amounts of the two defaulted loans are 4,000 and 6,000 Euro resulting in a default rate of about 1%. At Smava loans default 40 days after they are late and are sold in a debt sale for a fixed rate of 25% (22% on lowest credit grades) to a collection agency.
2007 has been a very good year for Smava lenders as defaults (and late payments) have been significantly below expected rates.

Zopa Italy promises to lend at Kiva

In an email newsletter Zopa Italy encouraged its member to spread the word about Zopa to friends and relatives. Zopa says it is for 'a good reason': Zopa Italy pledges to lend $1 on Kiva for each new member that registers at Zopa Italy before January 15th.
Everybody can monitor how much Zopa invested on this lender page at Kiva.

I am sure that Kiva will highly appreciate this promotion, a target audience that is already interested in p2p lending gets introduced to Kiva's concept. But I am not sure if that is a good marketing campaign for Zopa. Should the lenders decide Kiva is an interesting concept they might lend their money at Kiva instead of at Zopa. Maybe Zopa speculates lenders will invest in both. Or Zopa wants the added social angle to increase chances of press coverage.

What do you think? Discuss this at the Zopa forum

Zopa marketing

(Source: Email newsletter from Zopa Italy, Dec. 27th)

New Globefunder homepage

Today I noticed that has a new homepage. While still pre-launch, it lists 28 states with licenses and limits, explains GlobeFunder's internal Globe Ratings (minimum required credit score is 640).

The fees page only lists fees payed by borrowers, with the main loan closing fee at 1.75 percent or $50 (whichever is greater).

While Globefunder is not open for registration yet, the new Wiseclerk's Globefunder forum is open for your discussion.
Read earlier articles on the Globefunder p2p lending service.

Review of peer to peer lending developments in 2007

2007 was an exciting and eventful year in the development of peer to peer lending. Looking back these were the highlights:

I will write another article on which trends to expect in p2p lending in 2008.

Half percent more interest at Lendingclub

Today for all new loans the interest rates at increase by 0.5 percent. At Lendingclub, unlike other p2p lending sites, the platform not the borrower sets the interest rate (based on credit grade). The increase was in reaction to rising borrower demand after Lendingclub eliminated state loan rate caps last week by going nationwide.

As a lender you can profit furthermore from two current promotions at Lendingclub. You get a 5% cash bonus if you lend 5,000 US$ or more by Feb. 3, 2008 (max. 20,000 per lender). Plus you get a 25 US$ signup bonus, if you sign up through this referral link.

Questions? Suggestions? Use the Lendingclub forum.

Kiva growth send a newsletter to lenders yesterday with current numbers:

  • Over 16 million US$ in loans funded
  • Average Kiva loan funds in 1.01 days
  • More then 170,000 lenders
  • 25,000 entrepreneurs received a loan

Kiva has grown a widespread group of supporters, ranging from Kiva Fellows over company supporters to a lively community discussing at Kiva Friends or contributing at Kivapedia.

KivaTV is showing a mix of promotional, educational and informational video clips.

Kiva still maintains a low default rate, which currently is 0.2%. The 20 Kiva loans I myself have invested in are all repaying on time.

Loanland launches peer to peer lending in Sweden is the first Swedish p2p lending service. Founder Daniel Kaplan, who in 2006 headed the successful sale of Swedish auction site Tradera to Ebay for 48 million US$, sees a great potential for peer to peer lending in Sweden.

At Loanland, borrowers with the best credit grade can borrow up to 300,000 SEK (approx 45,000 US$), while borrowers with the lowest admitted credit grade can borrow up to 3,000 SEK (approx 450 US$). But borrowers are able to achieve a better credit rating by paying back on time and then can later borrow a larger amount, says Kaplan.

As of today the site had 4 loan listings with interest rates between 4 and 14 percent. Minimum bis seems to be 250 SEK (38 US$). Loan term seems to be customizable as 3 of the current listings are for 3 years and one is for 1 month.

Loanland is backed by experienced entrepreneurs. Aside Kaplan there are Mary Groschopp, before at OMX, Peter Nordlander, founder of Avanza, Peter Settman, founder of Baluba.

If you use Loanland please share your experiences in the wiseclerk forum.

Sources (1,2,3,4 all in swedish language)

Canadian CommunityLend receives $2.5M VC funding, which strives to be the first peer to peer lending service launching in Canada, has secured 2.5 million dollar venture capital. Furthermore CommunityLend announced winning Barry Campbell, former MP and Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Jim Jones, CEO of GMAC Residential Capital as additional directors.

In an email Co-Founder and CTO Colin Henderson told "… We have relaunched our site, as we move towards launch in early 08.  The key aspects of this milestone for us, is securing our funding, appointment of our management team, and appointing our Board of Directors. From here we will move towards launch in early 08. "

Quoted from the CommunityLend website:

Share in the Rewards of Investing in People

The unsecured consumer loan marketplace in Canada exceeds $100 Billion in volume every year and generates interest payments on those loans exceeding $15 Billion annually. By definition, “unsecured” loans are often small loans used for purposes like funding a wedding or paying off high interest credit card debt and for which the lender has not taken security to support the loan.

Today in Canada, this very profitable industry is also a very closed industry, with only a handful of major companies involved. This means that a very small list of banks and credit cards companies are literally today the sole beneficiaries of one of this country’s most profitable industries.

CommunityLend intends to democratize lending in Canada by opening up this billion dollar industry to other Lenders interested in participating. Share the wealth, we like to say!