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A Day In The Life Of A MonJa Intern

In MonJa Life by Joanna LaiLeave a Comment

Two rockstar interns joined the MonJa team this summer. When they’re not amazing us with their lightening speed coding abilities, they keep us laughing with their amusing comments and millennial insights. We asked them to share about their summer experiences. Zi Wei, an anime loving sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, illustrates that MonJa life in a cartoon strip. While …

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Loan Selection In P2P Lending: Does It Actually Work?

In Marketplace Lending by James Wu

The major P2P lending platforms, such as Lending Club and Prosper, have been terrific at underwriting and setting a level playing field for marketplace lending – and several of them have recently launched or improved their passive vehicles; this is great news for investors seeking passive income with minimal amount of hassle. A common question that I often get is, …

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Survival Analysis Applied to Marketplace Loans

In Credit Risk Modeling by Matt KelsoLeave a Comment

MonJa would like to introduce Professor Matthew Dixon, whose current research interests include credit modeling for peer-to-peer loans. Over the last several months, Prof Dixon and Litong Dong, recent graduate of USF, have engaged in a collaborative research project with us here at MonJa. Their research focuses on survival analysis and how it might apply to marketplace notes. Today’s post is …

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Are you buying the wrong loans? A pricing analysis of Lending Club loans

In Pricing Analysis by James WuLeave a Comment

Many of our clients spend a lot of time thinking about selecting the right “buckets” to invest. Within a platform like Lending Club, that means selecting the right term and grades. We help managers think through the right expectation of returns within each bucket, and usually this conforms to their intuition. But occasionally a loan investor is surprised at what …

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Which Marketplace Lenders Are Making Moves?

In Industry News by Joanna LaiLeave a Comment

Here at MonJa we have a strong pulse on what’s happening in the marketplace lending space. During our weekly team meetings, we always spend time discussing recent peer to peer lending activity. This week we discussed the increase in venture capital funding amongst financial tech companies. These past months, VCs have invested heavily in this space- a sign of much …

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Gone in 60(/12) seconds – 3 types of loans algorithmic investors buy

In Marketplace Lending by James WuLeave a Comment

A few weeks ago Simon Cunningham at Lending Memo wrote a great post on algorithmic investing in marketplace lending. There is a perception that institutional investors are buying the best loans using credit models. This is a good assumption. But it’s also worth asking: do institutional investors really behave differently from retail investors on the marketplace lending platforms?