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Lending Club – August 2009 Performance

Written by Nickel - 6 Comments

As August came to a close, I was enjoying a 12.40% net annualized return with Lending Club. Throughout the month, I focused on expanding my holdings beyond my original “High Risk” and “Low Risk” test portfolios. In addition to those two portfolios, each of which has 20 loans, I’ve created an “Ongoing” portfolio with an additional 79 loans. That brings me up to 119 loans total.

In terms of loan performance, the one “High Risk” loan that had gone bad during July is still late. In fact, that borrower hasn’t made a single payment since the loan was issued, and Lending Club has now engaged the services of a collection agency. While I’d love to be proven wrong, I’m assuming that loan will end up being a total loss.

Oh, and guess what? It seems that FCN staff writer Matt Jabs is not a deadbeat. As you might recall, Matt listed a debt consolidation loan and I invested in it back in late July. Well… His first payment came in on time, just like he said it would. Keep it up Matt! :)

Actually, Matt’s not the only one who’s holding up his end of the bargain, as 118 of my 119 loans are being paid on time. While I’m anticipating the possibility of a few more hiccups down the line, I’m certainly pleased with how things are going thus far.

Published on September 18th, 2009 - 6 Comments
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6 Responses to “Lending Club – August 2009 Performance”

  1. 1
    Matt Jabs Says:

    There you have it ladies and gentlemen. I am officially NOT a deadbeat! :-)

    Congrats on the great return Nickel. It looks like Lending Club has been a very positive experience from both the lender side and the borrower point-of-view as I too am very happy with my LC borrowing experience thus far.

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    Anon Says:

    I’m (mostly) financially responsible, and I’d like to try a small amount of money with LendingClub. I understand that a bunch of states’ citizens are not allowed to participate, and I live in one of those states.

    My question: can I be a lender on LC anyway? I mean, I’m just loaning money to a few hundred of my closest friends right? Whose laws would I be breaking? Does LC actually enforce the state restrictions, or should I use my parents address to get around it (they live in an allowed state).

    I absolutely understand the risks of LC — the amount invested would be no more than 2-5% of my total investments.

  3. 3
    Noadi Says:

    I just started using LC and so far I like it. I’ll probably never have as large a portfolio as you have, just don’t have the money for that but adding another $25 every month or two will add up fast.

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    Lee Says:

    It’s impressive how well TLC has held up in the current climate. I think the next 18 months will be interesting to watch.

    I’m doing well on my Zopa lending (UK TLC equivalent) at the moment, but time will tell how long that continues…

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    Financial Samurai Says:

    Probably best to just write off the bad loan. There are a lot of deadbeats out there, and you’re bound to encounter one with your program. Let us know how it goes, and whether they employ men with baseball bats to collect!

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    Chris C Says:


    I’m living in one of the states that are not listed as allowed to lend…yet I have been investing in notes with no issues as of yet.

    I’m not sure what the big deal is. I’ve been investing $25 every payday (every two weeks). I’m still a new lender and have only recently started investing in the last month. No net annualized return yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

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