This week, Prosper crossed an important milestone on our journey to helping people achieve financial well-being: Over 1 million loans have been originated through the Prosper platform, totaling about $13 billion.
Prosper will be changing the way we present the return information on our website and will begin providing historical return data for each Prosper rating. This move from expected returns to historical data is intended to give our investors even greater insight into the Prosper platform’s performance as they make their investment decisions.
In March, we discussed Prosper’s approach to portfolio pricing in a rising interest rate environment. Prosper is committed to delivering value for both sides of the platform by providing a fair price for borrowers and a reasonable return for investors. With this objective in mind, we have been increasing the borrower rates on our platform since March to stay in-line with changes in the interest rate environment (Exhibit A).
Earlier this week in anticipation of the Fed Rate hike, we discussed Prosper’s approach to portfolio pricing in a rising rate environment. Our goal with rate-setting is to deliver value for both sides of the Prosper platform by providing a fair price for borrowers and a reasonable return for investors.
When the Federal Reserve next meets on March 21, many are speculating that there will be a rate hike. In addition, many indicators are pointing to the US finally entering a rising rate environment after years of record low rates. In light of this, it’s timely to provide Prosper’s investors with an update on our approach for portfolio pricing in a rising rate environment.
Today we are sharing performance data from the Prosper portfolio for January 2018. Credit tightening continues in the riskier grades, shifting the portfolio to an increased concentration of lower risk assets: 54.3% of assets were rated AA-B in January vs. 49.5% in 2017 Q4 and 41.8% in 2017.