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Looming Crisis: State Budgets Soon to Be Under Siege

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It is hard to look up without seeing something about the “Fiscal Cliff”. Of just as great significance , however, is the “savings cliff” that our country has already careened over. As usual I find that John Mauldin uncovers the most cogent analysis on these matters. In this week’s Outside The Box he presents Ed Easterling’s piece on how State …

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Podcast With LendingClub’s CMO – Scott Sanbourne

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Zack Miller of TradeStreaming was joined by Lending Club’s Chief Marketing Officer Scott Sanbourne for a fascinating discussion on how rapidly the online direct lending market is evolving. Lending Club have just surpassed the $4 Billion mark of orginiations within 18 months of surpassing their first $1 Billion. The explosive growth of Lending Club and this asset class are forcing …

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2014 LENDIT – HIGHLIGHTS & OBSERVATIONS

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Approximately 950 leading industry experts, platform operators (more than 100), service providers, and investors gathered in San Francisco for two days of presentations and networking. This is up from approximately 400 people last year in New York which is a testament to rapid growth of the industry. Goodbye P2P Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of Lending Club, kicked off the …

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Emerald Asset Management Acquires Direct Lending Advisors

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Direct Lending and Community Banks – Getting Money to The People!

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America’s strength is its middle class and their work ethic. Americans work hard and the vast majority pay their bills on time every month and yet if they need $5,000 or $10,000 the local bank that used to be there to help, no longer can. It simply is not economically feasible to do the underwriting and for a bank to …

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Lending Club Value Soars to $1.5 Billion. Google Leads $125M Investment

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Just last Summer Lending Club raised money from Kleiner Perkins at a valuation of around $500 Million. The company announced today that it raised another $125 Million at a valuation over 3 times greater $1.55 Billion. What could justify such a price tag, well I won’t pretend to be competent to make a valuation judgement but in June of last …

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Direct Lending Returns Overstated? CBS News raises concerns but they miss the real point

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I am happy to see that the public discussion about direct lending is at last starting to get to the real challenges faced by investors. CBS News reporter Alan Roth published a good article about his own investing experience. He has identified issues at the heart of successfully investing in this asset and provided the world a great learning opportunity. However, …

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NY Federal Reserve Report on Household Debt

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The Feb 2013 quarterly NY fed report on household credit indicates U.S. consumer credit health continues to improve with delinquencies and defaults down, delinquency cure rates up and severe credit events such as bankruptcies down by 21% from last year the eaith consecutive year over year decline. For the first time since the 2008 downturn Consumer debt increased during the …

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Lending Club CEO Talks To CNBC

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Renaud La Planche CEO of Lending Club talked with CNBC Squawk Box. After almost 6 years, $1.5 Billion in loans made, nice to see Wall Street’s media pets starting to take notice. Ofcourse, their objective is prepping for the IPO which hopefully will happen within a year or so rather than letting investors know about a good high yield income alternative.. TRANSCRIPT …

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Lending Club named to #12 on Forbes “Most Promising” List

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It should not come as a surprise to anyone following the growth of Lending Club that Forbes have named them to their “America’s Most Promising Companies List” for the second year in a row. In the last year they have gone from $35 Million in loan originations a month to $105 Million in January 2013 and they have already reached …

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