Using P2P Lending to Protect Against Short-Term Cash Needs

Using P2P Lending to Fund Short-term Cash Flow - Cash Flow

While most folks who read this blog are likely pursuing financial independence through the creation of passive income in excess of their expenses, this isn’t the case for everyone. Imagine having an investment that at any point could provide you a three-year level of cash flow that substantially … [Read more...]

The Great Divide in P2P Lending: Institutional Demand and the Little Guy

The Great Divide in P2P Lending - Institutional Demand and the Little Guy - Great Chasm

What started out as a mere curiosity ultimately lead to something slightly disappointing and fairly substantial, although not entirely unexpected. After noticing some cash languishing in my Prosper account, albeit not much, I decided to look into the reasons why I wasn’t getting my cash reinvested … [Read more...]

Lending Club – 2014 First Quarter Update

Lending Club Roth IRA - Main Screen - 2014 First Quarter Update

After a full year of posting monthly Lending Club updates, I decided to pare it back to quarterly. This allows me to write more non-update posts like recent trades, pursuing freedom with wild abandon, and how I’m reporting my Lending Club charged-off loans. But that isn’t to say that these updates … [Read more...]

How I Report My Lending Club Charged-Off Loans

How I Report My Lending Club Charged-Off Loans - Blank Form 8949

One of the most confusing parts of peer to peer lending since its inception is the tax reporting of income and losses, especially the charged-off loans we all experience. While I am certainly not a tax expert, I would like to share how I am reporting my charged-offs loans with Lending Club on my … [Read more...]

Truly Passive Investing in P2P Lending: Lend Academy Investments

Truly Passive Investing in P2P Lending - Lend Academy Investments Logo

Over the past year, many retail investors have felt frozen out as the competition for notes has increased drastically in both Lending Club and Prosper. As both companies have strived to obtain institutional investments as they push for profitability and growth, the ability for individual investors … [Read more...]

Simple Filters for Investing in Lending Club and Prosper

02-28-14 Simple Filters for Investing in Lending Club and Prosper - Binocular View

While developing my investment strategy for Lending Club and Prosper for 2014, I also wanted to create some simple filters for investing as well. My thought for doing this was inspired by Peter Renton first putting out some simple filters back in 2012. He has since provided updates to these filters … [Read more...]

How to Invest in Lending Club and Prosper – My 2014 Investment Criteria

2014 Investment Criteria - Colored Test Tubes

In one of my most popular posts from last year, and one of my first posts ever, I shared with everyone how I was planning on investing in my Lending Club account. Once I opened my Prosper account in May, I share the same details for that account. As I mentioned in my 2014 goals post, crunching … [Read more...]

Lending Club – December and Year-End 2013 Update

Lending Club Roth IRA - Main Screen - December 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it is time see how December turned out and take a look at the past year for my two Lending Club accounts. This is the first year I’ve tracked my accounts publicly, and it has pushed me to look at them in different ways than I have previously. For those of you that are … [Read more...]

Lending Club – November 2013 Update

Lending Club - Roth IRA - Main Screen - November 2013

We’re now working on the last quarter of 2013 and only six five more catch-up posts left! Peer to peer lending intrigued me from the moment I first heard about it, and Lending Club is where I first started investing back in 2009. Each month I plan on updating my Lending Club investments in both … [Read more...]

WFC Employees BANNED from Peer to Peer Lending

Employees Banned from investing in peer to peer lending - Banned Sign

I saw this post by Peter Renton at Lend Academy and thought it was something to be shared with those folks who may not have seen it. Wells Fargo has banned their employees from investing in peer to peer lending as it represents a conflict of interest. As peer to peer lending has grown it is … [Read more...]