Peer-to-Peer Lending

on the rebuildingsociety.com blog

The latest news in peer to peer lending, direct lending and marketplace lending from experienced professionals.

15th Jan, 2019

Reasons Why rebuildingsociety.com is the Best Place for Your IFISA

As we head towards the end of the tax year, think about where you have your ISA, what type of ISA products are available and whether there is another ISA provider that might be better for you.

The Innovative Finance ISA lets you use your tax-free ISA allowance in peer to peer (P2P) lending, as on rebuildingsociety.com.

Here’s a few reasons why we think that rebuildingsociety.com might be the best place for your IFISA.

Our Net Return

 

Lending on rebuildingsociety.com you can lend at rates of up to 20%. Our current platform average net return, with income reinvested is 8.6%*. This compares very favourably to other ISA products, such as the Cash ISA. However, you should remember that unlike a Cash ISA, your capital is at risk in an IFISA. Our historic performance is strong, but performance can vary with marco-economic conditions.

It’s Flexible – Access Your Funds

Each month you receive repayments from businesses, which may be withdrawn or reinvested. The availability of our secondary market means that you can access money from your IFISA by selling them on the secondary market, making our IFISA, a flexible ISA.

So do not need to worry about your funds being completely tied up and being inaccessible if you need them.

Provided there is a demand for the loan parts on the secondary market, you should be able divest from the loans. Withdrawing from your ISA part way through the tax year will not affect your ISA allowance, just credit the funds back to your IFISA account before the end of the Tax year to benefit from the tax wrapper. So you can dip in and out of your IF ISA.

Support UK Businesses

When you invest on rebuildingsociety.com you’re lending directly to real UK SMEs and in doing so you’re earning a healthy return.

UK Small and Medium businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. By lending to these businesses, that have been underserved by the banks, you’re directly contributing to the UK economy.

High Levels of Transparency

We pride ourselves of the level of transparency that we offer on our platform in comparison to many other Peer-to-peer lending platforms.

When you lend on rebuildingsociety.com you’ll always know exactly who it is you’re lending to. Not only this we’ll also help you understand the risks associated with lending to particular companies, helping you make the best lending decision for you.

Things to Consider

An IFISA may allow you to earn higher returns than many other ISA products, however, an IFISA involves making numerous small loans to UK Businesses. Therefore, there is a chance that some of the businesses you lend to might not be able to fully repay the loan, thereby putting your capital at risk, until it is recovered or lost. You should ensure that you understand the risk associated with the IFISA and peer-to-peer lending, to find out more, please read our risk page.

*The current platform average net return is the compounded annual return after bad debts and fees for lenders on the platform. Past returns may not be indicative of future returns.

To find out more about our IFISA please visit our IFISA Page,  read our Lender FAQs, or get in touch by emailing support@rebuildingsociety.com

Read more about Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs).  


11th Jan, 2019

What is an ISA Account?

We know that many of you are already savvy investors and many savers know about ISAs. However, our lender base is made up of a variety of different people with varying levels of experience and understanding, so we thought we’d write a short informative piece on ISAs to help answer any questions our lenders might have.

(more…)


13th Dec, 2018

Our Latest Business Borrower – Kadco Fashion

We caught up with Samir from Kadco Fashion & Textiles to find out more about his business and why he chose to return to the rebuildingsociety.com crowd to raise further finance to grow his Yorkshire based business.
(more…)


10th Dec, 2018

Lender’s Review of rebuildingsociety.com

Why Invest in Peer to Peer Lending?

Brian has chosen peer to peer lending as part of his investment portfolio as he enjoys the fact that crowdfunding and P2P lending directly connects lenders with the funders, cutting out the middleman.

Brian enjoys engaging with the business owners and seeing how he can have a direct impact on the success and growth of many small businesses.

Why rebuildingsociety.com?

Brian says that he enjoys lending via rebuildingsociety because of the platform’s ethos and dedication to supporting local businesses and developing local economies particularly outside of London, an ethos which he shares and which he has followed in his own business ventures.

Rebuildingsociety.com was founded with the intention of opening finance to businesses that had been excluded from traditional means of finance and to offer more than just a financial transaction, by ensuring that through the finance the business was also able to gain access to a wide range of lenders who are able to advise and support the business in the long term.

The ability for lenders to pick and choose their investments and continue to engage with the borrowers is a key reason Brian has continued to lend via rebuildingsociety.com, as opposed to other platforms that have become more ‘opaque’ in the way lenders invest.

As well as his rate of return, Brian also cites the openness and accessibility of the rebuildingsociety.com team as a factor for his continued investment via rebuildingsociety.com.

How does it compare to other platforms?

Investing across a number of crowdfunding and Peer-to-peer lending platforms, Brian, says as a ‘non-techie’ he has found the platform easy to use and understand.

He has found the blogs and information available to lenders on rebuildingsociety.com ‘excellent’ and very useful in helping him to understand how to use the platform, learn more about the businesses and get tips on lending in general.

Much of the information Brian refers to is available in our Lender Library.

Advice to new lenders?

Having been an active lender for over 4 years on rebuildingsociety.com. Brian says lenders should:

Read and Review

Brian says lenders should always make sure that they read up and carefully look into the platform that they are lending through.

Look at the trading history of the platform, how long have they been around, what is their net return, what is the ethos of the platform and what is the investment structure or the deals on the platform.

Knowing more about the platform and ensuring that you understand how it works is fundamental to ensuring the long-term success of your investments via P2P.

Do Your research

When investing manually, Brian says it’s crucial that lenders do the research on the businesses they are thinking of investing in. Reviewing the information provided by the platform as well as publicly available information is important to make good lending decisions.

Start small – Diversify

Brian says that lenders that are new to any platform should ‘start small’ and look to build a well-diversified portfolio, by lending across a range of sectors, regions and business types. As a lender gets more comfortable with the lending process and the platform then they can consider lending larger amounts according to the experience they have gained.
If in doubt ask

This applies to both asking questions of the borrowers as well as the platform’s team. On rebuildingsociety.com lenders are given the opportunity to directly ask questions of the borrower through the Discussion forums of each loan. This allows lenders to ensure they understand who and what they are lending for and allows them also to build a rapport with the borrower.

Brian also says that lenders should ask not to be shy to engage with the rebuildingsociety.com team, who he has found ‘very helpful and accessible’ and ‘has found the guidance that they give very easy to understand’.

 

rebuildingsociety.com is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and has been operating as a peer-to-peer lending platform for over six years, making it one of the longest standing P2P platforms in the UK. rebuildingsociety.com prides itself on the level of transparency offered to lenders and the wealth of information and educational material available to assist lenders and borrowers throughout their engagement with the platform. 

Transparency helps lenders assess the risk and make better-informed decisions if you would like to find out more about the risks involved in lending on our platform, visit our risks page.


04th Dec, 2018

Christmas Shopping for the Crowd

If you didn’t get the chance to make the most of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, don’t worry there’s still 21 days to Christmas, plenty of time to get those gifts ticked off the list. If you don’t have a list and are still looking around for ideas, maybe we can help!

Here are a few of the business our lenders have supported recently, who might be able to help you finish off your Christmas shopping and you can do it all from the comfort of your couch whilst sipping your festive tipple of choice!

OPWG – Board and Card Games and Collectibles

OPWG’s online store, The Outpost, stocks a huge variety of board games, miniature figurines, card games and more. These include popular brands and franchises such as Warhammer, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, Dr Who and Superman and Batman collectibles!

If you know someone that would love something from this store, but you’re not sure about what to buy them, you can also purchase gift vouchers so that they can choose for themselves!

For those super fans that you know, we’re sure that they’d love to get their hands on some collectibles and games as soon as they’re released, you can make their Christmas by ordering through the Outposts pre-orders section!

The Outpost are offering FREE delivery on all orders over £75! With such a great range of products and services, you’re bound to find something here for someone on your list, even if it’s just a stocking filler!

 

Candy Hero – Sweets and Confectionery

 

 

Leave the diet until January, December is for eating enjoying and over indulging on all those things you love best. If sweets are your thing or you know someone that has a insatiable sweet tooth (we all know someone), then get your order in now on Candy Hero.

Candy hero stock a huge range of sweets form around the world, especially from places where e-numbers are not a worry! Aside form their huge range of ‘all year round sweets’, they also sell a variety of special Christmas Candy and gift packs!

Candy Hero offer free delivery on all orders over £35.00 and promise that if ordered by 2pm they’ll ship it that day and to anywhere in the world! – Perfect for those relatives abroad!

Go on and treat yourself or someone you know, or at the very least add some candy canes to your tree this year!

 

Invasion – City Getaways and Flights

 

Some people just love the cold and frosty days of December, apparently in December the cold weather is ‘Christmassy’! Cold ‘Christmassy’ December days are one thing, though we’re not sure we often hear people saying they love the long, cold and dark January and February days that stand between us and Spring!

If you’re someone who loves to travel, could do with some sun, or just know someone that would love an adventure, why not browse the range of trips offered by Invasion?

Advertising getaways to Bali, The Philippines, the Maldives, South Africa and Thailand just to name a few (warm places), it’s hard not to be tempted!

 

SLK Retail (UK Gardens) – Garden and Outdoor Accessories and Decorations  

 

We all know those people that come the 6th November are far too eager to get their Christmas decorations and trees out. If you, like many of us in the office haven’t yet got around to getting your Christmas decorations sorted, then have a look at the great range of Christmas indoor and outdoor decorations from SLK Retail!

If you’re one of those that does love to go all out and have been decorating since November, why stop now? Have you got an 8FT Inflatable Santa with LED lights in your garden? – No?  Well then, don’t be out done! – Get yours now!!

If you really don’t need any more decorations, then maybe start making some purchases for BBQ season, such as new outdoor furniture or just browse the ‘Gifts for him and Her’ section for some great ideas!

 

rebuildingsociety.com are proud to have a community of lenders that genuinely care about supporting the businesses that they lend to. Being part of the rebuildingsociety.com community is about more than just finance, it’s about supporting British businesses, developing local economies and generally making a difference!

Merry Christmas! 


03rd Dec, 2018

Scale Up Programme to Accelerate Growth of rebuildingsociety.com

Rebuildingsociety.com is proud to have been selected to be part of the 2019 Barclays Scale Up programme, run by Barclays in collaboration with Cambridge Judge Business School. The innovative programme aims to enhance the performance and competitiveness of high-potential businesses with growth appetite as well as growth potential that are deemed to be engines of growth in the UK. (more…)


26th Nov, 2018

Advice to Borrowers – From a Lender

Tips for Raising P2P Finance

Brian Johnson has been a regular lender on rebuildingsociety.com since 2014, supporting many UK SMEs in their growth aspirations along the way. Brian also has many years’ experience of managing and running his own businesses, so understands the difficulties businesses encounter in raising finance and has seen how businesses can use P2P finance to their advantage and how rebuildingsociety.com facilitates more than just a business loan.

We met up with Brian to find out what tips he would give businesses who are looking to get a business loan through rebuildingsociety.com.
(more…)


06th Nov, 2018

Festive Preparation for Your Business

With the Bonfire smoke clearing and the sound of fireworks still ringing, in our ears many people now turn to Christmas preparation and celebrations. Whilst the upcoming festive season brings with it plenty of fun and reasons for celebrations, it is often a challenging time for business owners, particularly if planning hasn’t been done to ensure business continues as normal through this disruptive period.

We’ve put together a list of tips to help you ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to avoid disruption to service or unexpected issues during the festive period and to ensure that you set your business up for the best possible start to 2019!
(more…)


29th Oct, 2018

Changes to Our Auto Bidding Tool – BidPal

We’re excited to announce the most recent changes to our auto bidding tool, BidPal.For years lenders have used BidPal to help them manage their Rebs lending portfolio, helping them invest in a wide range of loans whilst saving them valuable time, and now we’ve improved it to make managing your lending account even easier and to allow you to make more tailored auto lending decisions.

What is BidPal?

BidPal is our automated lending tool, that auto applies bids on behalf of lenders as and when a new loan is listed that meets their pre-set lending criteria. This means lenders that have set up BidPal do not need to log in each time a new loan is listed to make a bid.

What’s New?

 

 

Inclusion and Exclusion Options

Previously the preferences available for lenders to set were limited to industry sector and risk rating. We’ve now extended the options available to lenders, allowing you to make more defined bidding preferences to suit your lending appetite.

You will now be able to choose to include or exclude certain regions that you do or do not want to lend to.

Bid or Buy

The new BidPal will also include an option to auto-buy loans on the Secondary Marketplace as well as bid on the Primary Marketplace. Lenders may choose to set one or the other or both auto-bidding options.

Where a lender chooses to buy micro loans from the Secondary Marketplace, they will be buying micro loans that other lenders are selling on. These are loans that have already been funded via the Primary Marketplace. When loan parts become available that match your buying preferences and where you have sufficient Available Balance, these micro loans will be automatically bought and added to your loan portfolio.

We’ve also introduced new rules that  allows users more flexibility over their BidPal criteria. Over time, we hope to further expand on the data options that a lender can set for their lending rules.

Currently lenders can configure the settings such as:

  • Whether you want to exclude / include loans where the loan is behind on repayments
  • Targeting the purchase of micro loans in a specific business
  • Whether you want to exclude / include loans being sold at certain premiums / discounts by other lenders
  • Choosing the risk ratings you want to buy or avoid.

The buy logic is triggered when a user sells their microloan(s), there is now a ‘clearing process’ to check if the microloan meets the buy requirements of another user and where it does, the purchase will occur instantly. This feature allows lenders to grow a diversified portfolio quickly while simultaneously bringing an increase in liquidity to the platform. When selling microloans, you may notice a message “1 of 1 microloans sold.” When you see this, another lender’s BidPal Buy function has purchased your microloan automatically.

 

 

What BidPal Does Not Do…

BidPal does not guarantee that all your funds will always be lent out, that you will never encounter a default or that your account will deliver a set interest rate.

Available funds are only lent out to a pre-set proportion of your lending portfolio, you can alter all this in the settings.

If your funds are auto bid on a loan, there is no guarantee that you will not be outbid, if you are outbid you will be alerted (according to your notification settings), and will be able to login and rebid should you choose.

Lending to businesses carries the risk of default. If a business fails to repay a loan you could lose all or part of your capital. Therefore you should carefully consider how best to mitigate these risks, consider perhaps divesting via the secondary market or reviewing the performance of the various loan risk ratings and reviewing your Bidpal settings regularly.

Whilst BidPal will auto bid at the highest rate available on a loan, it does not guarantee a set return on any single loan or on your portfolio.

Managing your Lending Portfolio

As a lender, lending to businesses, you should be aware of the risks involved in lending. Understanding the risks is the first step to building a strong loan investment portfolio through careful management.

Whilst BidPal reduces the need to log in as regularly to ensure that your funds are working for you, lenders should still ensure that they are monitoring their lending account to ensure that it is performing to their expectations and to regularly review their investment strategy depending on the performance of their investments.

Find out more about managing your lending portfolio on our platform by reading our helpful articles in the Lender Library.
For more information on BidPal please look at our FAQs or email support@rebuildingsociety.com.

16th Aug, 2018

Peer-to-business Lending – It’s a Journey Not a Destination

If you’re new to peer -to-business lending you might be wondering what you’re in for, if you’re a seasoned P2B lender, you may by now understand the various processes and cycles involved in lending to businesses.

As a platform we’ve been facilitating lending to UK SMEs for over 6 years and have noticed certain trends in lender and borrower activity. We thought it might be useful to give you an insight into what you might expect as a lender. (more…)


Thank you
Your Bid's been
Placed...
7sdlazj04wDYBDhgDFOemAwZEv8gKkzHdznVAWhdoYY=