We check in with Andrew’s Lending Club strategy to find out if he’s making any money and if it might be a good investment for the rest of us.
Lending Club is a peer-to-peer lending company. If you need a loan, rather than going through a bank, you make a pitch and a pool of hundreds of people will lend you the money. Kind of like crowdsourcing for a loan. The interest rate you’re charged will be lower than what most banks would offer. And the return for the lenders can be high.
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On Lending Club, your interest rate will range depending on the letter grade you are assigned which denotes how risky you are. If you apply and are honest on your application, you are almost certain to get a loan. For the lender, you can allow Lending Club to loan out your money based on your set criteria or you can hand pick the loans you want to make. If you hand pick, you will be privy to a lot of information about the borrower, job, where they live, if they rent or own a home, etc.
Andrew has $2700 invested and to date his returns are 18.5%! He hand picks his borrowers and spends a lot of time choosing them. He considers it his high risk, high return investment. He mostly invests in small business loans and refinancing. In order to choose whom to lend to, he sorts it by people with the highest credit scores and highest interest rates.
The key to succeeding in Lending Club is knowing how to sort, spending time researching the borrower and making as many investments as you can and being diversified so if one person defaults, you won’t feel it. To this point, Andrew has not lost a cent through Lending Club.
Lending Club can be a great way to make money, but remember, there are no tricks. Andrew has done so well because he spends so much time analyzing the best people to borrow to. If you decide to try it yourself, let us know how you do.
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