Peer-to-peer lending will be worth $1 trillion each year by 2025, predicts a leading venture capital firm.
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Lending Will Be Undertaken By Many Peer-To-Peer Companies
On the face of it, $1 trillion each year sounds like a huge sum. It’s certainly a big increase in the size of the market which is expected to be £1.6 Billion In 2014.
However, it fits nicely into context when you consider that lending generated by banks, credit card companies and more traditional lending institutions will amount to $3.2 trillion.
Five Reasons Consumer Lending Is Ripe For Disruption
- Since the 2008 credit crunch, banks’ compliance costs have rocketed. They’re required to increase and improve their capital holdings and as a result, they have less money to lend increasing the need for alternative lenders.
- Maintaining retail operations increases costs for bricks-and-mortar banks but not for internet-based lenders.
- Investors, such as SIPP holders, are hungry for higher yields over shorter periods of time.
- New data sources present opportunities for better underwriting.
- Few, if any, current banking customers feel loyalty to their bank or existing lender.
The primary reason for the massive growth in peer-to-peer lending comes from the efficiency savings created via online trading. Typical peer-to-peer lenders have a cost advantage over traditional financial institutions of up to 4 per cent. These savings are mainly due to the horrendous costs associated with owning and maintaining branches, and with regulatory expenses.
A 4 per cent advantage is a huge incentive to move lending from a less efficient market to a more efficient one. Quite simply, if you’re faced with the decision to borrow at 8 per cent or 4 per cent, you’d borrow at 4 per cent every time.
It’s this major differential that underlies the reason why a huge amount of venture capital is already pouring into the market. In the above example, you'd still be happy paying 6 per cent for your money compared with 8 per cent from the banks, with the venture capitalists profiting from the 2 per cent difference. The net result is cheaper loans to borrowers compared to bank lending, and a huge growth potential for venture capitalists expanding the market for everyone.
Providing peer-to-peer lenders don’t exploit this position, and they focus carefully on regulatory issues and security measures, peer-to-peer lending is certain to cease a sizeable stake in the lending market.
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Crowdfunding And Peer-To-Peer Risk Warning
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