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Lending Club Referral Bonuses and New Lender Registrations Halted

by Ryan Guina

Lending Club, one of the two major Person to Person Lending companies in the US, announced they are halting new lender registrations and lender referral bonuses for the time being.

This is a major announcement in the P2P lending industry. I read the e-mail announcement several times to make sure I understood it completely, and I think it may actually be a positive change for the industry.

However, the company is undergoing a quiet period and will not be able to respond to press and other inquiries about Lending Club or the registration process during that time. So I can’t confirm my thoughts about what they are doing.

This is a full text of the e-mail announcement:

Dear Ryan,

Lending Club has started a process to register, with the appropriate securities authorities, promissory notes that may be offered and sold to lenders through our site in the future. Until we complete the registration process, we will not accept new lender registrations or allow new commitments from existing lenders. We will continue to service all previously funded loans during this period, and lenders will be able to access their accounts, monitor their portfolios, and withdraw available funds without changes.

The borrowing side of our site will remain generally unaffected by this registration process; borrowers can continue to apply for loans and new loans posted after April 7, 2008, will be funded and held only by Lending Club.

Until the registration process is completed, the company will undergo a quiet period and will not be able to respond to press and other inquiries about Lending Club or the registration process during that time.

Q&A:

Q1. What about money I have begun moving, but is still in transit to Lending Club?
A1.1. If you are in the process of verifying your bank account, you will be able to complete that verification but will not be able to add new funds
A1.2 If you have initiated a transfer, the funds will be displayed in your Lending Club account balance as soon as those funds are available.
A1.3 If you have uncommitted funds, you may request that Lending Club return those funds via the same method used to load the funds. For example,

  • If you have initiated an ACH to add funds, these funds will be transferred into your Lending Club account but you will not be able to lend these funds out. You can go into your Lending Club account once the ACH transfer has been completed and withdraw funds back into your linked bank account..
  • If you’ve wired funds into your Lending Club account and have not yet committed these funds into loans, you can send a request to support@ for us to wire these funds back to you at no charge.
  • If you’ve sent funds by check, and have not yet committed these funds into loans, you can send a request to support@ for us to send you a check by mail for the same amount at no charge.

Q2. What about referrals?
A2.1 The current referral program is terminated. If you have referred someone who has already signed up as a lender or a borrower, or if you have been referred by someone and have already signed up as a lender or a borrower, you will be receiving your referral payment within the next few days.

Sincerely,

Ryan Gannon
Senior Vice President
Lending Club
440 N Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale CA 94085
www.

This is definitely big news in the P2P lending industry, and I will write more on this in the following days.


Published or updated December 29, 2011.
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mrs. Micah

I wonder if Prosper will get a Blu-Ray advantage from this. And if LC will go the way of HD-DVD.

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2 Jesse

Yeah, Im pretty sure this is the end for Lending Club. As MM pointed out in my article, “I could quit blogging for a year but then I wouldn’t expect anyone to be there when I came back.”

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3 Dividend Investor

I hope for you guys that P2P lending is not a house of cards.

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4 Mark @ TheLocoMono

I was skeptical of Lending Club because there are very specific regulations in regards to the lending industry. Even banks have to follow these rules. It sounds like LC has a little different approach than Prosper does. Prosper is already established because the loans are made with Prosper, not the “lenders”. So the promissory notes sounds like the difference maker here.

I heard about this yesterday over at Saving for a Home so I knew you would write about it soon enough. ;) Great work on keeping us appraised.

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