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Bloomberg's article and Sandborn rebuttal.
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:59:15 PM »
I never read the article but only read Zentner from LR response on Seeking Alpha. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/how-lending-club-s-biggest-fanboy-uncovered-shady-loans

Re article entitled, “How Lending Club’s Biggest Fanboy Uncovered Shady Loans” (Aug. 18):

We were disappointed to read your article entitled “How Lending Club’s Biggest Fanboy Uncovered Shady Loans” in which you mischaracterize several attributes of the Lending Club platform.

Your reporter Max Chafkin opens his story by citing “critics” who claim Lending Club is a “credit crisis waiting to happen.” He cites neither evidence nor critics beyond a single disgruntled investor. Far from precipitating a crisis, Lending Club has helped consumers to save $1.4 billion in lower interest payments and enabled investors to earn an average of 5 percent to 9 percent, which compares very favorably with alternatives.

As to the claim that by not identifying borrowers who have two loans, investors are “leaving money on the table,” this reveals a misunderstanding of how our platform works. Loans are priced according to the borrower’s credit profile at the time the loan is taken out, so a borrower may have two loans with different rates. As an example, if a borrower uses their loan to pay off existing credit card debt, their FICO score would likely improve. If they take out a second loan -- we allow maximum of two concurrent loans with a maximum exposure of $50,000 -- they may reasonably get a lower rate. Our approach ensures interest rates are fair to both parties.

We acknowledge the criticism stemming from recent events and view this as an opportunity to make Lending Club a stronger company. It’s unfortunate that your article focused on the unsubstantiated opinions of a single investor, rehashing issues we have already disclosed, when in fact Lending Club has enabled significant financial benefits for millions of people.

Scott Sanborn
Chief Executive Officer of Lending Club

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Re: Bloomberg's article and Sandborn rebuttal.
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2016, 11:49:24 AM »
I read both the original article and Sandborn's response, which I felt was adequate. I get the sense that the sentiment has changed and that LC is doing a fairly decent job of righting the ship, although much remains to be determined. Q3 conference call should be insightful.

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Re: Bloomberg's article and Sandborn rebuttal.
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2016, 12:14:24 PM »

As to the claim that by not identifying borrowers who have two loans, investors are “leaving money on the table,”......
If they take out a second loan -- we allow maximum of two concurrent loans with a maximum exposure of $50,000 -- they may reasonably get a lower rate. Our approach ensures interest rates are fair to both parties.

Executive Officer of Lending Club

When I first read this a month ago I took exception to the above "Blurbage". There is a filter that says to exclude loans already invested in.   I set that filter religiously for a reason. I don't believe LC's claim that two concurrent loans are not a problem. It's a problem to me, that's why I set that filter. If a borrower goes delinquent on one loan do you really believe he/she won't go delinquent on the other as well? That's one of my pet peeves: LC not letting us know that this is a second loan and giving us the loan ID of their other loan so we can make sure we don't invest in a second note for this investor if we don't want to.
As Will Rogers stated: : I'm not as concerned about the return on my money as I am the return of my money

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Re: Bloomberg's article and Sandborn rebuttal.
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 03:26:09 PM »
There is definitely a high correlation that if two loans are outstanding and one goes bad, the other is very likely to go bad as well.

Also agree, that investors should have the information disclosed as it materially impacts someone's decision on which loan to invest in and the risk level.