03 Jun 2015
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The digital revolution is in full swing, spearheaded by entrepreneurs employing technology that is disrupting sectors from finance to food shopping.
Digitally focused companies such as Uber, the taxi application, and Zopa, the peer-to-peer lender, have emerged in the past decade alongside large numbers of others who are shaking up traditional industries.Go to Article
20 May 2015
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Metro Bank has struck a deal to become the first British bank to lend through a peer-to-peer platform, fuelling concerns that institutions are crowding out individual investors from the rapidly growing sector.Go to Article
19 May 2015
Peer-to-peer lender Zopa has teamed up with challenger bank Metro Bank to lend funds through the latter's marketplace.
The deal marks the first of its kind in the UK as Metro Bank, already lending funds to Zopa's consumer borrowers, recognises peer-to-peer (P2P) lending as a new asset class.
Zopa's chief executive Giles Andrews described it as a "clear sign that Zopa is trusted platform not only for consumers but also institutions to deploy their funds".Go to Article
09 May 2015
SAVERS DO NOT get much in the way of interest from their banks these days. But a different logic seems to apply to borrowers, who still often pay double-digit rates for credit—if they can get it at all. That has attracted a number of outfits offering to connect those who need cash with those who have a surplus of it. The rapid growth of such “peer-to-peer” lenders has been one of fintech’s most visible successes. The biggest such firm, Lending Club, based in San Francisco, listed its shares in December to a clamour reminiscent of the 1999 tech boom.Go to Article
30 Mar 2015
Last week’s Budget marked a “savings revolution” when George Osborne announced that 95pc of taxpayers would be removed from any savings tax liability from next year. This has left the cash Isa, introduced in the late Nineties by Gordon Brown, suddenly less attractive.
A new “personal savings allowance” will allow basic-rate taxpayers to earn up to £1,000 of interest on ordinary savings accounts, current accounts, bonds and other deals tax-free. Higher-rate taxpayers can earn £500 before their income is taxed.Go to Article
09 Mar 2015
It’s 10 years today that the first peer-to-peer lender was founded in a barn in Buckinghamshire in March 2005. That was Zopa which has now lent nearly £750m, and expects to hit £1bn this summer.
Meanwhile the peer-to-peer finance industry has blossomed throughout the world with the global industry now worth more than $10bn.Go to Article
09 Mar 2015
Happy birthday Zopa. The world’s first crowdfunding platform celebrates its 10th birthday today and though it took some time to break through, Zopa can now claim to have spawned a movement that is taking on the established banking industry in markets all around the world.Go to Article
10 Feb 2015
Borro, the U.S. and UK-based online platform that people borrow money and put up luxury items as collateral, is today announcing $19 million in new funding led by strategic investments from Israel’s OurCrowd and Berlin’s Rocket Internet.Go to Article
10 Feb 2015
The first of the new breed of internet lenders is no longer the new kid on the block
Peer-to-peer lending is often praised for allowing people to lend to one another directly over the web, bypassing traditional lenders, but Giles Andrews knows through bitter experience that creating a true direct link between lender and borrower can be disastrous.Go to Article
18 Jan 2015
Whether you're 65 or 25, everyone could beneift from a savings overhaul in these difficult times. Lisa Bachelor looks at the various options.Go to Article
10 Jan 2015
The UK’s biggest peer-to-peer lender has almost doubled revenues amid a boom in loans, as the nascent sector seeks to challenge the major banks.
Zopa, which links up thousands of borrowers and savers over the internet, grew revenues by 81pc in 2013, according to accounts filed at Companies House.Go to Article