Review of peer to peer lending developments in 2008

As the end of 2008 approaches here is a look back on the highlights of peer to peer lending news in 2008:

Loanio suspends operations

Asked to comment on the recent developments, Loanio CEO Michael Solomon told

In light of recent events beyond our control, Loanio, Inc. has suspended its business so that we may begin the process of registering our promissory notes with the appropriate securities authorities and agencies. As a direct result, please be advised that effective immediately Loanio will no longer be accepting registration from lenders or borrowers and/or any new bids on loans or loan requests until further notice.

This message will be posted on the Loanio platform today.

Loanio says it won’t face registration process in near future

Loanio logoAsked by Netbanker whether will face an SEC filing process and a quiet period like Prosper and Lending Club, Loanio CEO Michael Solomon answered:

“…from the perspective of (Prosper) going silent, it is actually great for us as I think we will quickly gain lots of lenders and hopefully we can wow them into sticking around. From a regulatory standpoint, we believe that at some point we will seek to introduce a secondary market platform, but we will focus the greater part of the next 12 month on building our platform and seeking out a national bank partner to cover the rest of the U.S. Our plans for a secondary market are too far ahead for me to contemplate at this time.”

Loanio – more loan listings on first day

After the Loanio launch yesterday, already some more loan listings are up at Right now I count 8 listings. Probably more are in the making. No bids yet, which is not surprising as the lenders have to sign up and transfer money to Loanio first.
Michael Solomon, the CEO and founder of Loanio had a lucky week according to the Loanio blog – not only did he launch Loanio, but he also won $1,000 in the New York State Lottery.

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Loanio launch II

Last week I titled ‘Loanio Launch‘. That was a little premature (I was not the only one fooled by the site apparently going live – see Tom’s blog). Well today is really live. And there are 5 listings at the moment (see screenshot). For a list of features see the previous loanio coverage.

Loanio listings

Netbanker has a list of states (with max. interest rates), open to Loanio borrowers. You are welcome to discuss your thoughts on Loanio in Wiseclerk’s Loanio Forum.