• Lend money to make money

    May 17 2006

    There is a new online peer-to-peer loan concept that is growing, and I think it's a great idea. (Via slashdot). Two new companies, Prosper and Zopa, are allowing people to ask the public to lend them money. Anyone can bid on lending the money, stating their own interest rate. Whoever offers the lowest interest rate gets to lend the money (and make the interest).

    The result? A pure capitalist financial system that doesn't involve banks. Anyone can get a loan, and anyone can make money by lending money. Everyone benefits.

    This also reminds me of Kiva, a web site that lets people lend money to those in developing countries. I think this is a great alternative to just donating money since it helps build up the economy in these countries. It's very cool to see the idea being extended to the rest of the world.

    Update: Only people in the US can use Prosper, and only people in the UK can use Zopa. I hope they (or others) make this available to the rest of us (specifically, Canadians living in Germany)!

  • Comments

    1. The Ultimate Groupie at 11:45pm on May 20, 2006

    This is an even better idea than the last one.  I love the fact that people are making money from interests and not banks.  It's truly a win-win situation.  Thanks for posting it, I will definitely be looking into this one!

    2. Thomas at 6:11pm on July 12, 2006

    Is there any other websites like this that are open for canadians residents



    3. paul at 12:54pm on August 23, 2006

    you can't lend money and charge intrerest without a consumer creit licence

    4. Brian Mullally at 9:09pm on May 14, 2007

    While <a href="http://www.prosper.com/">Prosper.com</a> caters mainly to the US market, there’s another site called <a href="http://www.globefunder.com/">GlobeFunder.com</a> which caters to the global crowd, especially those living in the third world.

    5. nancyt63@gmail.com at 2:42am on April 9, 2010

    c-had & ira01, thanks for your perspective. It’s interesting to see that some do really well with P2P lending, and others do not. I do think we need to be careful about drawing conclusions based on a relatively small data set. That said, it’s important to remember that P2P lending involves unsecured consumer credit. This shouldn’t be compared to corporate bonds or other less risky debt instruments. Unsecured consumer debt carries with it a lot of risk, both of default and interest rate risk (although at a 3 year term, the interest rate risk is manageable). c-had, I take your approach to investing with the vast majority of my portfolio. I have enjoyed lending on Prosper and Lending Club, but it will always represent a very small percentage of my investments.

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