Market Woes Affecting Online Lenders - Capstone

Market Woes Affecting Online Lenders

11:54 08 January in Blog

Market Woes Affecting Online Lenders - CapstoneThere’s a great deal of uncertainty in the market right now. The Fed has already increased their target short-term rate from 0.25% to 0.5%, and they’re planning on increasing it incrementally throughout 2016. In recent years, online platforms like LendingClub Corp. and Prosper Marketplace, Inc. have challenged banks’ hegemony in the lending industry. Today, we’ll discuss how the rate hike and other developments have had a negative effect on online lending platforms and ask whether or not they’re here to stay.

Online Lenders Arrive on the Field

Online lenders find borrowers and sell their loans to investors. Using comparably low operating costs and working with investors with low yield expectations, they’ve had considerable success. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of securities filings, marketplace loan funds raised $8 billion in 2015, over six times the amount raised the year before. Recent market woes are pinching the numbers, however, and putting online lenders’ niche at risk.

Online Lenders Forced to Raise Rates

Funding for consumer loans has started to show signs of damage. Among the recent ills are delayed deals, increased funding costs, and declining prices for securities backed by the loans. Many online lenders will require borrowers to pay higher borrowing costs. LendingClub Corp., for example, raised their interest rates by 0.25%, matching the increase by the Federal Reserve in their short-term rate. Citigroup Inc., which has sold over $1 billion in loans from Prosper, is now offering higher and higher yields to entice investors to buy. The end result will either be rising costs for borrowers or diminishing margins for investors and the lending platforms they work with.

Growth of Online Marketplace Lending in Doubt

The volume of loans made by online platforms like Prosper and LendingClub have surged in recent years, and investment vehicles that buy marketplace loans have grown as well. Now, experts are wondering if the growth will continue. In October, Stockholm-listed P2P lender TrustBuddy collapsed after serious misuse of client money. Poor stock performance by several major U.S. platforms is another cause for concern in the industry—as is the pullback of credit that has forced some high yield mutual funds to halt or close redemptions. In the end, it remains to be seen whether the recent poor performance by online lenders is an aberration, or something here to stay.

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Sustaining Homeownership in an Unsustainable Economy

22:05 12 December in Blog
Recent data suggests that significant roadblocks could arise in the near future that would challenge those wishing to become homeowners.  The data collected was made public under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). From this information, we can gather that African American homebuyers represent 4.8% of the total home purchase loans from 2013.
 
For conventional loans, African Americans were denied at levels that ranged from 25.5% to 56%, according to the HMDA data from 2013. Projections assume there could be as many as 17 million new U.S. households leading up to the year 2025. Potentially, 13 million of the 17 million new households could be owned by minority families. So, what does this mean for the future of our economy?
 
During the foreclosure crisis, African American home-purchase loan trends have seen a significant decrease, falling from 8.7% in 2006 to 4.8% in 2013. In contrast to the increase there has been with Caucasian home-purchase loan activity (rising from 61.2% in 2006 to 70.2% in 2013); these figures are staggering.
 
More than 70% of mortgage loans were made to African American homeowners last year, and 63% were made to Hispanic homeowners. We want to tell you what can be done. There are a variety of tools and policies at your disposal that are proven to extend sustainable homeownership to racial minority homeowners. The 97% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage is one tool that you might have seen featured on Freddie Mac. The rate for this type of loan is extremely similar to that of loans with down payments as high as 10%. Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt declared that the government conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie will consider reinstating the purchase of LTV loans by the two government-sponsored enterprises. Alternative credit scoring models are also under consideration.
 
Accessible home-purchase loan options should be just that, accessible. Minority families need accommodation at the national level so they can maintain job growth and sustain their homes. Capstone Capital Group, LLC understands the difficulty facing homeowners of color and we stand with you in fighting for the tools and policies that are necessary for sustainable home ownership. For more information about Capstone invoice factoring, commercial and business funding solutions, give us a call today at (212) 755-3636 and speak to a representative.

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