Prosper.com 3.25% Lender Promotion is back

Prosper.com runs these promotions from time to time.  It appears this happens when there is an imbalance between the number of borrowers and the number of lenders.

Front what I can tell, LendingClub doesn’t seem to do these and personally I don’t know if I am a fan of them.  While I certainly try to take advantage of them when I can, I should caution everyone to not get too excited.  First, they only work on the “Featured” listings.  This includes AA through E and HR.  Don’t assume because it is “Featured” it is any less risky.  Second, this is only 3.25% of the principal you invest.  So if you loan $25 you will get $0.81 back.  This means you still have the other $24.19 still at risk.  Now, the principal due is still $25, so if the loan is paid in full you get the full interest, principal and bonus money.  When you do get the bonus, it shows up as “Miscellaneous Activity”

On a side note, I personally would prefer that Prosper increase the asking rates when these imbalances occur.  The entire point of a market is to balance risk with time with interest.  If there are too many borrowers and not enough lenders then the rate is simply too low.  Just my $0.02.

Here is the fine print:


This offer is only valid for as long as it appears on the Featured Listings Page (http:// www.prosper.com/invest/individual_loans.aspx) (the “Promotional Period”). Prosper may terminate the offer at any time in its sole discretion. To be eligible for the offer, investments must be made manually on listings posted to the Featured Listings Page while the listing appears on the Page. Only eligible investments during the Promotional Period that become funded Notes before the payout date will be considered “invested”. Invested funds can only qualify for one cash back promotion; in the event that a given investment qualifies for two different such promotions, then the investments will count toward both qualification thresholds, if applicable, and the lender will be paid the higher of the two rebate amounts. All rebates will be paid within 60 days of the date that your bid is placed. Investments made by automated plans are excluded from the promotion.

Cheers,

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3 Responses to “Prosper.com 3.25% Lender Promotion is back”


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