Current trends in P2P/P2B lending and where does Debitum Network stand:
P2P/P2B lending market has been growing by leaps and bounds since 2005 when the first lending and investing platform of its kind (Zopa) was launched. The growth started accelerating after the financial crisis of 2008 when Central Banks slashed interest rates close to zero (or even below it). Attractive interest rates offered by alternative investment/lending platforms attracted a lot of retail and institutional investors and the market has grown from 1.2 billion dollars in 2012 to 64 billion dollars in 2015. It is expected to reach 500 billion dollars by 2025 by some moderate estimates or even 1 trillion dollars. What are other trends in the market and where Debitum Network stands in relation to other similar platforms? Stay with us and find out.
More platforms are expected to join an alternative lending/investment market
According to Reuters, P2P lending is among the fastest-growing segments in the financial lending market. Alternative investments are popular with the current generation and this means more market players will join the market. The market will continue growing as distrust in commercial banks remains huge. The interest rates offered by mainstream lenders are very low, and they still do a poor job in financing small and medium-sized businesses as well as consumers. The potential for Debitum Network (a P2B investment platform) is still great as SMEs in Europe are still underfinanced and the interest in alternative investments is on the rise. Check out the credit gap for SMEs around the world.
More bankruptcies of careless P2P lending platforms
Alternative lending platforms have to be careful who they lend money to or what loans they upload on their platforms for investment. Within the last year, 3 prominent alternative lending/investment platforms in the UK: Collateral, Lendy, and most recently Funding Secure went bankrupt. Tens of thousands of investors lost a lot of money, despite the fact, that Lendy and Funding Secure were regulated by the UK regulators. The UK is not an exception. A year ago, China underwent a turbulent period when thousands of P2P lending platforms went broke causing millions of investors to lose their money. The industry in China is close to $ 200 billion. Regulators have seriously cracked on online P2P lending platforms and only a few regulated ones will remain alive in the long run. The chart below says it all.
Debitum Network takes seriously the safety of investors’ funds and therefore we have implemented a number of safety measures to ensure that. Firstly, we have a thorough screening process of potential loan originators to make sure they offer good loans with an excellent base of borrowing companies. Our risk management team follows up with a thorough investigation of the financial situation of a lender who is already onboard of Debitum Network and does responsible quarterly due diligence process. A case with Aforti Finance was an example of how the team’s work helped to avoid potential risks to investor’s funds and thus the assets of the mentioned loan originator were removed from our platform.
We have also implemented a buyback guarantee, which means that if the borrower is late with the repayment by more than 90 days, the broker who issued the loan will have to buy it back with the outstanding principal and interest. Most of the loans on our platform are with the buyback guarantee! Last but not least, we have independent risk assessors that do a risk assessment for the borrowing companies whose assets are uploaded on our platform. This type of risk assessment increases transparency, provides a more accurate risk scoring, and protects investors’ funds.
Acceptance by the mainstream
Governments around the world start welcoming fintech companies, including P2P/P2B lending/investment platforms. They seek alternatives to current established lenders (commercial banks) to increase options for small and medium-sized businesses to get funding. Thus, investing on these kinds of platforms becomes a part of recognized financial products just like the ones offered by traditional lending institutions. P2P lending has been authorized in all of Brazil since last year. Malaysia has a P2P scheme for first-time buyers. And in the US, P2P lending is regulated by the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). Thus, the importance of P2P/P2B lending is recognized by governments around the world.
Increase in institutional investing
For quite a while, most investors on the alternative investment platforms were retail investors who would typically invest from 50 EUR to 5,000 EUR. The trend has been slowly changing across the board. Some platforms experienced it tremendously. Lending Club, the leader in consumer loans in the US shared in their blog post the following stats. The investments from institutional investors in 2010 covered less than 5% of all investments on their platform (10 institutional investors). In 2018 institutional investors comprised 95% of all investments (200 institutional investors).
Source: Lending Club
Debitum Network has been open to both retail and institutional investors since its inception. We have seen more and more institutional investors onboard our platform and expect the trend to accelerate as more loan originators onboard our platform and investors are offered a more diverse range of assets for investment.
More regulation for P2P platforms in the near future
The unregulated environment allows for more irresponsible lenders to exist and act carelessly with investors’ funds. This means that governments will not only encourage P2P lending/investing but will step up and increase regulation over the process. This will likely weed out those that compete unfairly and strengthen those that play by the rules and responsibly. Wild West for risky investment platforms that offer high returns and no security for investors’ funds might be over sooner rather than later.
Debitum Network is currently in the process of getting a license with one of the European financial regulators. We expect it to happen before the end of the year or the beginning of next year. We want to transparent, responsible and a safe environment for investors’ funds.
With that in mind, let’s proceed to our special offer for the week.
Top asset of the week
This week want to offer you an excellent asset that comes from our partner and loan originator Factris. The borrowing company is a wholesaler of hardware equipment. It has more than 25 employees, revenues of more than 4.1 million EUR, and has been in business for more than 21 years. The purchaser of the invoice is a distributor of metallurgical products, operates in Europe and has more than 270 million EUR revenues. Does it sound good enough? Check out the asset.
Disclaimer: Investments in financial products are subject to market risk and any investment should only be done with risk capital. The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice.