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Weekly Online Lending Snapshot – January 13, 2017

It was reported on Wednesday that small business lender Funding Circle raised a $100 million Series F round to accelerate small business lending led by Accel Partners, with eight other investors also participating. This comes after Funding Circle announced last week...

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New Lendscape Focuses on Data Integrity & Industry Best Practices

We periodically update the Orchard Lendscape to reflect the most current shape of the online lending industry. 2016 saw growing concern about the quality and veracity of originator data, as well as mounting competition from traditional financial institutions, against a...

Weekly Online Lending Snapshot – January 06, 2017

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it took action against Equifax, TransUnion, and their subsidiaries for “deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers.” This enforcement action doesn’t have...

Weekly Online Lending Snapshot – December 30, 2016

On December 27, Even Financial released its “Online Lending – 2016 Insights at a Glance” report. The report highlights end-of-year data on consumer acquisitions in online lending. Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the launch of a web-based tool...

Weekly Online Lending Snapshot – December 23, 2016

Over the course of 2016, we have frequently commented on the growing trend of traditional lenders exploring ways of participating in the online lending space. This month, it was reported that SoFi intends to ramp up its direct competition with...

Seasonality: Lending Around the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. The decorations, the shopping, the never-ending holiday songs. Between buying presents and traveling to see family, December can become a very expensive month. It makes me wonder whether there is any change in loan...

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Weekly Online Lending Snapshot – December 16, 2016

On December 14th, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced the results of its November meeting, a well-telegraphed rate hike setting the federal funds rate range to between 0.50 and 0.75 percent. They also set expectations for additional hikes in...

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December Orchard Meetup Recap

Earlier this week, we hosted the last Orchard Meetup of 2016 in our new offices in New York City. Orchard co-founders Matt Burton (who just managed to make it, after spending the bulk of his day in D.C. at an...

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Weekly Online Lending Snapshot – December 9, 2016

It’s beginning to feel a bit more like winter with each passing day on the East Coast, so Opal Group’s Marketplace Lending & Alternative Financing Summit held in Dana Point, California was a great place for many of us to...

The Future of Lending: Will the Disrupted Become the Disruptors?

It is no exaggeration to say that online lenders have revolutionized lending. They achieved this by providing a better customer experience than retail banks, at lower interest rates than credit cards, at a time when credit was hard to come...