The 2 biggest players in game, Lending Club and Prosper saw 195% development on the ending in June 30, generating more than $1.5 billion in loans year.
The timing is not any coincidence. The same lenders that once rolled out the red carpet for subprime borrowers started putting up all sorts of barriers to credit, effectively locking out the people who arguably needed a boost the most in the wake of the financial crisis. People who might get credit had been hit with double-digit interest levels or driven to locate riskier choices like pay day loans.
“Clearly, there clearly was a void in customer funding and peer to peer lending helped fill that void, ” claims Peter Renton, whom posts A p2p lending weblog called Lend Academy. (more…)