Peer 2 Peer Lending Resources

The following is my list of P2P Lending Resources. If you are looking for a list of P2P lenders, check out our post here.

  • LendStats.com – Probably the single best reporting and P2p tool site around, if you lend or are thinking about lending with Prosper or LendingClub, you need to check this site out.  The blog is still updated somewhat regularly, unlike Eric’s Credit.
  • Lending Club Stats – Awesome, in-depth reporting for Lending Club.  Allows you to not only see reports for yourself, but all other Lending Club members.
  • Prospers.org – A wiki and set of forums for P2p lenders (focused on Prosper originally, but also covers LendingClub.com)
  • Eric’s Credit Community – This is the other big peer-2-peer lending stat / tools site you need to know.  Just like LendStats, the blog hasn’t been updated in a while.  However the data and tools are all based on Prosper.com’s data feeds and thus are fully up-to-date and very useful.
  • Rate Ladder – An active blog dedicated to P2p Lending news, information, borrowing and lending.
  • Prosper.com Official Blog – The official company blog, usually just tells you about promotions, but occasionally has some very interesting stuff.
  • Lending Club Official Blog – The name says it all.
  • P2P-Banking.com – This is an active blog with updates, information and commentary on P2P lending world-wide.  Note, this is now under a new name: WiseClerk.
  • Peer Lend – Provides an interesting comparison chart and a bunch of links.

Now for the graveyard.  This history of P2p lending is not without its speed bumps.  When Prosper.com and other P2p lending sites first popped up 5 or 6 years ago, there was a flurry of interest and activity.  Unfortunately a lot of the original and very active communities and sites have since died off.  The reason for this boils down to a few key things:

  • Lending money isn’t exactly an exciting business. You make your micro loan and then you way 1, 3 or 5 years for it to be paid back.  It’s not like the stock market.  As a result some blogs and communities just kind of died out after the initial excitement wore off.
  • Privacy Concerns. There is a big push right now, most recently with LendingClub.com and Prosper.com to lock down on the ability for lenders to question borrowers.  This is rooted in a deep concern that borrowers identities be kept anonymous.  This concern is also why a few original communities were shuttered.  Borrowers were abusing these forums, revealing information with hopes to get their loans funded.  You can read more about this happening here.
  • There were some trademark concerns. You can read about one here.

Some of the fallen include:

  • ProsperAnalytics.com
  • ProsperForum.com
  • Loan Chimp’s Prosper Blog and Forum
  • LendingStats.com
  • Prosper.com IE Extension
  • Tokyo Joe’s Blog
  • ProsperWatch Google Widget
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