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Lending Club Peer to Peer Lending for Investors and Borrowers – Review

Compare Returns for Lending Club vs Alternatives

Lending Club is an online website that offers a unique borrowing and investing model to individuals who need funds and those who are looking to make some money.

Credit-worthy, pre-screened borrowers are paired up with savvy investors in what Lending Club calls a win win situation for all.  Peer to Peer or Person to Person lending is the basis of the site.  Investors sign up to make money and borrowers sign up to reduce their cost of paying back debt.  In summary, investors fund loans for approved borrowers.  Borrowers save over bank interest rates and investors profit with returns as high at 9% annually (about the average).

Information for Investors


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Investors make their money from Lending Club when they invest in 3 to 5 year notes.  Investors get to choose which notes they want to purchase by looking through selection criteria.  Once you purchase a note you will then begin to receive monthly payments directly from Lending Club as the note is being paid back by the borrower.  Lending Club will take 1% of each payment for their fee and you get to keep the rest.  You make your money on the interest collected.  Since 2007, when Lending Club was launched, investors have earned, on average, a net annualized return of 9.5%.
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ShareBuilder $50 New Account Bonus and Free Trades

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You know I love ING Direct products. I have both the Orange savings account for online savings and their Electric Orange checking account.  What I also have is a brokerage account with ShareBuilder (owned by ING Direct).  This is where I buy stocks outside of my IRA accounts.

ShareBuilder is offering a promotion where new customers get a $50 bonus for opening a new ShareBuilder account.  The offer is in effect until 6/30/12.  In order to receive the bonus you need to fund your account with $2,000.  And most important – make sure to enter the code 50LS12 when you sign up to make sure your account gets credited with the $50 bonus!
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Shred Your Credit Card – Giving Away Over $2000 to See You Destroy Your Credit Card

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Are you sick of your credit card? A lot of people are!  Now you have a chance to win cash prizes by destroying your credit card.

Perkstreet Financial and Lending Club are teaming up to help people end their reliance on credit cards. They are declaring January 31,2011 Shred Your Credit Card Day.  When credit isn’t used wisely it can snowball into tremendous debt.  Perkstreet and Lending Club want you to know there are alternatives to using a credit and that you can end your debt!

Shred Your Credit CardFrom December 15th, 2010 through January 29th, 2011, can can enter a video of yourself destroying your credit card(s) or why you are done with credit in 2011. Upload the video to ShredYourCreditCard.com and you can be entered to win!

Why you should participate (from the ShredYourCreditCard site):

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What Is Peer to Peer (Person to Person) Lending?

There has been a lot said about peer to peer (P2P) lending lately. With the economy and credit market crunch making it difficult to get more traditional loans, “alternative” lending opportunities are arising.  Peer to peer lending is a way for those who might be turned down by a bank to get the loans that they want/need, while providing an opportunity for investors to make some money by lending to others.

What is P2P (Person to Person) Lending?

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Companies That GET Customer Service

Great customer service goes a long way!

In today’s economy you would think that companies would be doing everything they can to not only get new customers, but keep the ones they already have. Unfortunately that’s not the case.  Some companies are clueless or simply don’t care.

But there are other companies out there that do totally GET customer service and understand how important the customer is.  They know that great customer service builds loyalty and keeps a customer.

Here are five companies that totally GET customer service:
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Busting Common Investing Myths – A Tweetup With Motley Fool’s Tom Gardner and ShareBuilder’s Dan Greenshields

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A little while back I had the pleasure of attending a Tweetup at the NYC ING Direct Cafe hosted by Sharebuilder‘s president Dan Greenshields with special guest speaker Tom Gardner, CEO of The Motley Fool.

For those wondering what a Tweetup is, it’s basically an organized meeting of sorts over the social site Twitter.  The meeting was held at the ING Cafe and people from all over could follow along and participate via Twitter.

The premise of the Tweetup was to help investors bust common investing myths and take the complexities out of investing.

I tried to takes notes as best I could so I could pass them along to you.  Keep in my I’m paraphrasing here and some of the words are mine, but I think you’ll get the general ideas of what was being said.

To start, Tom Gardner talked about four basic investing rules we should all follow (this is just part of his full list of rules):
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Tax Breaks You Can Still Get in 2010 to Reduce Your Taxable Income

Reduce taxable income with tax breaks.

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, and that means it’s time to really think about what additional breaks you might be eligible for right now. If you are concerned about reducing your tax liability for this year, it’s a good time to see what you qualify for.  The good news is that there is still time to qualify for a number of tax breaks in 2010.  Here are some of the tax moves you can still make:

Hybrid Car Purchase

Reduce taxable income with tax breaks.A tax credit passed in 2006 for the purchase of hybrid vehicles is still in effect — but it will end on December 31, 2010.  If you purchase certain hybrids, you could be eligible for a tax credit.  There are stipulations, though.  The tax credit is only available on the first 60,000 models sold by the manufacturer.  Some manufacturers have sold more than 60,000 units of some hybrid models.  However, there are still some hybrids that haven’t sold out.  FuelEconomy.gov has a page that shows you which models are still eligible for tax credits if you buy before the end of the year.
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