The Lending Club Story: How the world's largest peer to peer lender is transforming finance and how you can benefit Paperback – 11 Dec 2012
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The pace of the book is what I would consider great, and it's easy to follow even if you have limited investing experience. Although I am not on the borrower side, Peter makes a point include interviews with borrowers. It was rewarding to see how investors are making a positive impact on people's lives when banks are typically reluctant to do so.
From an investor perspective, Peter will take you though all the steps needed to start investing and much more. He also offers strategic advice on how to put together an investment strategy using several analytical website resources. He does not tell you how to invest exactly, but will recommend the tools to deploy capital in an intelligent way.
While Peter's book is not a "hear's how to make money" tutorial, if you want to be successful in the P2P arena you need to "know the ins and outs", "the devil's in the details", "throw in your own cliche here". Follow his work and you will know more about P2P lending, period. Peter is incredibly active in the community of P2P lending. He regularly reposts and/or responds to my own blog posts on ProsperToRetire.com, and even helped publicize one of my P2P lending tools BidCopy at NumberWhale.com.
It sounds like I'm just tossing around URL's, but it's to show that Peter is very active and heavily involved. He knows what's going on in the P2P market. When Prosper recently made a controversial blog post about changing the data they would make publicly available to researchers/developers (changing XML to CSV), he and I were immediately emailing each other and Prosper for answers. Albeit, Peter demands a response from Prosper better than I :)
Word has it he will be publishing a similar Prosper Story in 2013 which I look forward to reading as well. He writes in an easy-to-understand language which can be challenging for the writer when you're speaking of percentages, investments, returns, etc. Read his book, read his blog ...then read my blog :) ..., have fun investing, make money. 'Nuff Said
If you're even vaguely interested in the rapid evolution of p2p lending, or are looking for an easy way to get expert insight in how Lending Club works, Peter's book is a must-read. It is comfortably pitched at the average reader rather than financial wonks, with minimal jargon and lots of useful information in a format that won't take you weeks to plow through. Excellent job!
Also, from a borrower, you can request loans for just about anything - not just debt consolidation, or small business loans, etc.
One guy requested a loan, so he could finish his private helicopter license courses.