Just opened a Lending Club account with a few hundred bucks.
Heard many good things about LC. Any tips to cut the chance of loss? Probably going to stick with investing in A/B notes.
The key when starting out is to diversify by buying as many notes at the minimum investment ($25). This helps in case one or two of your notes you invested in default.
Also I've been on LC since 2009 when I discovered it. I am earning an average annual return of 7.24% before taxes, which I am satisfied with. I invest in mostly A and B rated notes with lenders having good credit history. Also you can write off any default notes on your taxes as capital losses in case you are worried about that.
I don't use this sorcery but this seems sound. 7.24% is a pretty decent average annualized return, depending on the level of risk you're taking on (I'm guessing not as high since A/B notes sounds safe ish?).
What's your default rate ?
I've used them I do primarily the MMM strategy.
D grade refinancing.
I Check the job title Fico score and time since last delinquency.
3 years averaging 10% adjusted for loss.
21 loans 3 chargoffs looking like 4.
You want to increase the number of notes to smooth out your risk.
In D grade notes at 16% apr You need $1875 to add 1 loan/month b/c piecewise not normal.
Britbong here. Used Funding Circle for about 15 months now. Yielding about 9.8% at the moment, but expect 7 after tax and bad debt. Not bad if you diversify, and you lend to business with credit scrores, not people.
Pic is my account. Have had a few bad loans but they're all director guaranteed so they're having to pay it off with their own assets. Despite losses, much better than a bank account.
They also operate in the USA and three Euro countries.
A and B loans are the highest rated notes where you're lending money out to people with good income history and above average credit history. My default rate is around 2%. I try to only loan my money out to people with a 775 FICO score or higher with ample income to pay their loan back.
My gains far outweigh my losses, hence the 7%+ annual return I am earning. I'm not becoming a millionaire but it's a fun thing to do with $10k I had laying around earning nearly nothing.