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Prosper: the first auction-based P2P loans and trading platform approved by the SEC

by Prosper on 07/13/09

Welcome to Prosper – the marketplace for loans —America’s only true auction- based peer-to-peer lending company. We are in a constant pursuit to ensure you can invest on the world’s most transparent and durable personal loans trading platform. Prosper delivers competitive rates of return ranging from 7.18% for AA listings to 4.59% for E Prosper Rating listings, based on return on investment for all loans as of 6/30/2009. These are healthy returns that confirm peer-to-peer lending is a viable alternative asset class in which to invest.


Individual Listings: increased layers of safetyIndividual Listings: increased layers of safety

Those of you who are returning lenders will be familiar with our bidding system on Direct Peer-to-Peer loans.

New borrowers are now required to meet the new minimum credit score requirement of 640.  They can request up to $25,000 for a three-year fixed rate loan.

Lenders can now start their bidding with $25.00 (previously $50.00) which will make it easier to create a diversified portfolio. 

Prosper has also improved its risk rating system with the introduction of a new proprietary system called Prosper Ratings ranging from AA – HR.  Each Rating represents a loss rate range. Prosper Ratings are based on historical loan performance data and are designed to better convey risk. The Prosper Rating letter grade will now be shown in the listing along with an estimated loss rate, and a narrower credit score range. Credit scores shown will be in 20 point ranges (previously 40). Click here to learn more about Prosper Ratings

You can search listings by either Prosper Rating or specific keywords. You then bid on listings of your choice—offering a great rate for both you and borrowers. Portfolio plans are also available.


Fine-Tuned Bidding for LendersFine-Tuned Bidding for Lenders

Prosper has enhanced its auction model to include a hard bid floor for each listing. This helps our Lenders identify the absolute minimum they can bid. This is an absolute minimum: Lenders should always price for risk in order to achieve an adequate return. Remember the higher the risk, the higher your bid should be.

No matter which listings you choose to bid upon—or whether you’re a lender or borrower—you remain in control of your bid at all times. Learn more about the bid rate floor

Lenders will now be bidding on yield. The minimum bid rate is now net of the 1% servicing fee. Previously, if you bid 18% and were a winning bidder on a loan, you would receive interest at 18% and after paying a 1% servicing fee, your return on the loan would be 17%. Now, your equivalent bid would be 17%, which we call bid yield. Learn more about bidding on yield


Trade Existing LoansTrade Existing Notes

With Prosper’s new Trading Platform, you can now put your Notes up for sale on our Note Trader by Folio Investing for quick and easy trades. You will be able to browse and purchase Notes there, too.

The Trading Platform will give Prosper lenders the ability to sell a Note if they need access to the funds before the full loan is paid off. It will also give Prosper lenders more investing options by giving them an opportunity to bid on loans they missed out on when the loans were first listed, or to invest in loans with durations that meet their specific investing objectives.

All loans made after July 13, 2009 are eligible to be placed on the Note Trader platform.


Prosper—Ushering in a New Financial Era

As we’ve seen, the old ways of investing and banking are broken.

Prosper offers you a different—and better—way to get competitive rates. We provide a financially and socially rewarding way to invest in our nation with unparalleled openness and transparency.

We’re firmly committed to the idea of Americans helping Americans and driving our country’s economy. Why not join us and become a financial hero today?

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