Orca Creates Comprehensive P2P Lending Guide

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  • Orca, a leading independent whole of market research service for UK peer-to-peer lending (P2P), has created a comprehensive guide for investors evaluating P2P lending. ‘Peer-to-Peer Lending Investor Guide: Innovative an Ancient Credit Model’ was created by the team at Orca and published live on their website today, free to download.

    The authors, Samantha McBride (Director, Orca) and Iain Niblock (Co-founder, Orca), were motivated by the lack of accurate and detailed research available providing insight into the market, which is still growing in favour with retail investors but often suffers unjust stigma from the broader investor market.

    Orca’s analytic service recorded a new milestone for the asset class this month - £11bn cumulatively lent, all-time in the UK. With over 200,000 active investors and 30% of market share attributed to institutional investment, UK P2P lending is maintaining its growth trajectory, set for a market value of £15bn by 2020. In 2017 year-to-date, £3.4bn has been invested across P2P lending platforms, which is over £100m more than the 2016 total lent figure. While the industry has seen significant developments in the past year there’s still reluctance from intermediaries to adopt the asset class, and a relative lack of accurate and comprehensive research for investors, advisers, and the broader audience to educate themselves with.

    Director of Orca, Samantha McBride, comments: “This is an exciting time for the P2P industry. We have now surpassed the £11bn cumulative lending mark in the UK, with half of that coming from the past 18 months, and are witnessing growing diversity in the marketplace. With the industry poised for further growth, we decided to write this guide in the hope of supporting P2P investors and potential investors to better understand the asset class, by highlighting the benefits and, perhaps more importantly, the risks, while dispelling some commonplace myths.”

    The ‘Peer-to-Peer Lending Investor Guide: Innovating an Ancient Credit Model’ covers all bases, aiming to paint the full picture of P2P lending, tracing its history, right through to the potential it offers moving forwards. A select few headings include:
    • What is P2P?
    • The UK Landscape
    • Mega Trends
    • Future of FCA Regulation 
    • The Benefits
    • The Risks
    • Best Practices
    • The Mythbuster

    Orca is in an exciting period of growth and development, and intends to not only support investors researching the asset class with their detailed guide, but continue addressing issues faced by existing and also new investors accessing the asset class. Access the guide by leaving your email in the pop up form on Orca. Click here.

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