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LendingClub did not “misfire” in their underwriting

In Credit Risk Modeling, Industry News, Marketplace Lending by James WuLeave a Comment

Late last week, there was a Bloomberg Business article on LendingClub’s recent “misfiring” of loan origination models. While I personally enjoy most of Bloomberg’s coverage of marketplace lending (positive or negative), this article appears to have taken a recent LC-Advisor report out of context. Below are a couple actual data points on LendingClub’s underwriting performance: 1. Consistent performance on quarterly …

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MonJa Monthly News Update- January 2016

In Industry News by Kitty LinLeave a Comment

Here are some of the top stories and trends of January 2016 for marketplace lending investors and industry watchers: Industry News: 01-31-2016 How Alternative Lenders Are Challenging the Traditional Value of Consumer Credit Ratings (Finance Magnates)-FinTech companies continue to find new ways to measure credit worthiness of borrowers, such as abandoning FICO scores, assessing how applicants fill out their application, …

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How significant is Lending Club’s recent rate hike?

In Credit Risk Modeling, Risk Management by James WuLeave a Comment

A few days ago, Lending Club increased it’s borrower rate – second time in two months, after the December hike that coincided with the Fed rate hike. Investors should read Lending Club Advisor’s Commentary of 2016 for more background on the rate changes. In addition to the Fed rate hike, LC’s interest rate change may be caused by the prime rate rise and expected credit risk …

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Five Common Mistakes P2P Loan Investors Make: Investing in only Low Interest Rate Loans (Part 5 of 5)

In Investment Mistakes by Kitty LinLeave a Comment

In the fall of 2015, MonJa launched our blog series “5 Common Mistakes P2P Loan Investors Make.” We’ve delved into the following 4 potential shortcomings that can happen to investors- insufficient diversification, using simple filters, investing in a single platform, and investing in only high-interest loans. In our fifth and final piece, we explore what happens when investors invest only in low-interest …

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Measuring Who Prepays in Marketplace Lending: An Observation Based on Lending Club Loans

In Credit Risk Modeling, Marketplace Lending, Risk Management by Christine GaribanLeave a Comment

As an investor, it pays off to understand who prepays on personal loans. Prepayment is the early repayment of a loan by a borrower, often as the result of optional refinancing to take advantage of lower interest rates. Borrower prepayment means forgone interest income, and many peer-to-peer lending platforms don’t charge a prepayment penalty. Thus, the construction of an optimal …

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Top 3 Marketplace Lending Insights in 2015

In Credit Risk Modeling, Industry News by Joanna LaiLeave a Comment

Over this past year, the MonJa team has provided our credit risk insights (and our intern’s cartoon drawings) on our company blog. Investors and partners often refer to these entries (common comment: “Your team really knows what it’s talking about…” Well geez, thanks. Only been in credit risk analytics for 20 years…). These comments have led to richer conversations on how investors …

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Five Common Mistakes P2P Loan Investors Make: Investing in Only High Interest Loans (Part 4 of 5)

In Investment Mistakes by Kitty LinLeave a Comment

Mistake #4: Investing in Only High Interest Loans (Part 4 of 5) In the beginning of fall, MonJa launched our “5 Common Mistakes P2P Loan Investors Make”  blog series. This week, we will talk about the fourth mistake investors make in peer-to-peer lending. These observations aim to help investors understand essential investment strategies.  There is a common rationale that riskier investments …

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Growth in Marketplace Lending Spawns Specialized Risk Services and Tools

In Marketplace Lending, Risk Management by Joanna LaiLeave a Comment

With the growth of marketplace lending, institutional investors need to manage their risk exposure. It’s important to understand what makes this market different from other asset classes and how to employ tools and models tailored for its risks. Originally written by Katherine Heires and posted by GARP Risk Intelligence on November 19, 2015, this article highlights different specialized risk services and tools …

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What We Learned At Industry Conferences: Marketplace Lending Trends

In Company News, Industry News by Kitty LinLeave a Comment

Earlier this month, MonJa attended the IMN Investor’s Conference on Marketplace Lending, AltFi Global Summit, and American Banker’s Marketplace Lending and Investing in New York. For those who were not able to attend, we present an overview of common themes and challenges that were discussed among issuers, service providers, banks, and investors. We also give a quick recap of some of …

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How Can Loan Investors Prepare For Economic Shock?

In Credit Risk Modeling, Industry News by Joanna LaiLeave a Comment

As the end of the year approaches, many investors show concern about the potential slowdown in the economy. This caution is with good reason, as the slowdown in China and lull in US job growth point to a high likelihood of the US economy being affected. A recent Washington Post Article, “Economists are starting to warn about the risk of a new U.S. recession”, confirms this point, …