Young Market at Zopa UK launched

Following through on the announcement (read: Zopa UK plans Young Market to target young borrower) Zopa has launched this market segment. Zopa says, it will help young adults, aged 20 to 25 obtain a loan, which otherwise would have difficulties – not because they have a bad credit history but because they have little or no credit history.

Zopa lenders can choose to make offers to these young applicants, with the added attraction of being able to charge a higher rate of interest because of the higher risk that these as yet unproven younger borrowers represent. So whereas the safest borrowers coming to Zopa can typically get a 5000 GBP loan over 3 years at around 8.5%, Young Market borrowers will be able to get the same loan at around 12.5%.

Zopa UK plans Young Market to target young borrowers

Zopa UK said it will introduce 'Young Markets' (Young36 and Young60) specifically for borrowers aged 20 to 25. The need for this arises from the fact that currently many applications are turned down – not because the borrowers have any negative marks on their credit history – rather they don't have sufficient history of debt.

Zopa will still check borrowers in this age group (identity, fraud, affordability, adress and employment). As long as they have no history of bad debt they will be approved for borrowing on the Young Market. 

The new young market segment will allow Zopa to advertise the service focussed on young borrowers, which are internet savvy and open to the p2p lending concept.