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Prosper Marketplace Partnership with Western Independent Bankers Expands Credit Opportunities for Small Banks and Their Customers

We’re excited to announce today a partnership with Western Independent Bankers — a consortium of small community banks — that will give more banks the opportunity to offer credit to their customers, and more consumers access to affordable loans.

Banks are under increasing pressure to deliver attractive interest rates for all consumers, and smaller banks just can’t compete with the big institutions in offering credit, primarily because of overhead and other operating costs. At Prosper Marketplace, we believe that independent and community banks are essential to the future of the American economy, and this partnership gives them the ability to broaden their product offerings and vie for a piece of the credit market.

This exclusive WIB Endorsed Program partnership with Western Independent Bankers (WIB) opens the consumer credit doors to more than 160 independent and community banks in 13 states in the U.S. WIB provides community banks with networking opportunities, educational programs and access to new products and services. Not only does the partnership allow consortium banks to offer access to unsecured loans to customers, but it educates consumers about alternative lending as a smarter, lower cost option for borrowing money.

Community banks comprise 96.8 percent of all banks in the U.S., amounting to nearly 7,000 community banks with more than 50,000 locations. They’re the primary source of lending for small businesses and farms. Community banks focus on providing high-quality service for local families and business, much like we do for our borrowers and investors. That’s just one area that we see eye to eye.

Smaller banks are always looking for new ways to generate revenue while offering low interest rates. In fact, interest rate pressures are one of the top barriers community banks face for significant growth. We’re happy to welcome WIB into our community to provide more loans with attractive interest rates to a wider group of consumers.

Aaron Vermut

CEO, Prosper Marketplace

02/26/2015 by in Borrowers, Featured, Lenders, Personal Finance Education, Prosper News, Prosper Spotlights

Prosper Marketplace Announces Acquisition of American Healthcare Lending

Today, Prosper Marketplace is excited to announce its first-ever acquisition — American Healthcare Lending, a leading patient financing platform. This is an important step in expanding our capabilities and bringing our product into a market where we believe it can make a positive impact.

Healthcare lending is a growing industry, and one that we’re excited to become more involved in via this acquisition. The healthcare industry is plagued with high deductibles and spotty customer service. We see a huge need for consumer-friendly, competitively priced financing alternatives for people whose elective medical procedures aren’t covered by insurance or fall below the deductible. American Healthcare Lending gives its nationwide network of healthcare providers the ability to offer affordable loans to patients right from the doctor’s office.

This means that women who need lengthy and costly fertility treatments can pay for them, and patients who need to lose weight and are considering surgical options that insurance won’t cover can still get them. They won’t have to wait to get treatments that can improve their quality of life. They don’t have to walk away from procedures that could make their future brighter. Health and wellness aren’t luxury items.

This is best illustrated by Scott, the winner of Prosper’s $2 Billion Strong video contest. Scott was in need of gastric bypass surgery. When his insurance wouldn’t cover it because he wasn’t sick enough yet, he turned to Prosper for a loan. You can watch his inspiring story here.

2014 was a year of tremendous growth for Prosper. There were a record $1.6 billion in loans made through the platform, up more than 350 percent from the previous year, with $205 million in December alone. 2015 will be another year of growth, and we’re excited about this opportunity to bring financing options to people in need and to expand into a vital and growing market.

01/27/2015 by in Borrowers, Featured, Lenders, Prosper News, Prosper Spotlights

Prosper Updates its Data Policies and Reiterates Commitment to Investors and Data Quality

Prosper has recently made the following updates to its API and data files:

1. As of January 25th, historical data for each calendar quarter will now be made available 45 days after the close of the quarter.
2. Investors on the Prosper platform will still have access to the same data for new listings as they are deciding whether or not to bid on loans.
3. Additionally, investors will still have access to the same performance data for the notes and loans they own.

We are making these changes in order to protect our intellectual property and proprietary data, not to inhibit our clients who are using the data for their credit models and to make investment decisions. We understand that our investors need our data to analyze investment performance, but we also need to ensure that people can’t reverse engineer our underwriting model. One of Prosper’s main competitive advantages is our data asset, and we have spent a considerable amount of time and effort building it. These changes strike a balance between maintaining appropriate levels of transparency and protecting our intellectual property.

We remain committed to providing a true marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. We will continue to be a collaborative player and support our clients, partners, and the industry ecosystem, and we have plans this year to invest in building the retail channel. We look forward to working with all our investors and are committed to answering any additional questions about these changes.

Investors can contact us at investorteam@prosper.com or by phone at 877-611-8797.

01/26/2015 by in Borrowers, Featured, Lenders, Prosper News, Prosper Spotlights

A Prosper.com spotlight: How Leonard paid down his credit cards for good


We blogged last June about how debt consolidation works – and this week we’re turning the spotlight to Leonard C., a Prosper.com borrower who successfully simplified his debt.

Realizing he had “too many payments every month”, Leonard used a $10,000 Prosper Loan to pay off his credit cards. He points to two reasons for turning to Prosper for a personal loan:

  1. Simplicity. Keeping track of multiple credit cards with outstanding balances is difficult and time consuming. Exchanging them for a single fixed monthly payment helped to reduce financial stress.
  2. Community. Leonard didn’t have to walk into a bank to get his loan. In his words, Prosper’s peer-to-peer lending community “made [his] decision to borrow much easier”, adding that “lenders know what borrowers are going through”.

We think Leonard’s story is really heartening – and he is just one of thousands of borrowers who have used a Prosper Loan to take their first steps towards tackling their debt.

08/01/2012 by in Borrowers, Featured, Prosper Spotlights

Small Business Spotlight: Precious & Few

Entrepreneurs everywhere are turning to Prosper.com to start or expand their small businesses. Online retailers in particular are growing rapidly – and they are increasingly finding financial solutions to their challenges with Prosper.com.

 Precious & Few Infant Wear

Kathleen is the owner of Precious & Few, an online retailer of infant wear designed to be handed down through generations. Passionate about growing her business but needing funds to achieve it, she turned to Prosper.com and borrowed $5,000.

“I used the loan to redesign the website so it would be search engine friendly. The process was thorough and seamless. I think I am right where I should be right now.”
- Kathleen

At Prosper.com we’re continuing to connect people like Kathleen with the financing they need to realize their dreams. If you’ve been thinking about starting or expanding a small business, why not see what Prosper.com has to offer you?*

Have you had a great experience with Prosper.com that you’d like to share? We want to hear about it! Tell us your story by sending us an email at stories@prosper.com.

* Eligibility for a loan is not guaranteed and requires that a sufficient number of investors commit to invest in your loan. Refer to Borrower Registration Agreement for all terms and conditions. All loans made by WebBank, a Utah-chartered Industrial Bank.

05/17/2012 by in Borrowers, Featured, Prosper Spotlights

 

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