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The performance of marketplace lenders

Kräussl, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8933-9278, Kräussl, Z. ORCID: 0000-0001-8718-4874, Pollet, J. & Rinne, K. (2024). The performance of marketplace lenders. Journal of Banking & Finance, 162, article number 107124. doi: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2024.107124


We analyze the performance of marketplace lending using loan cash flow data from the largest platform, Lending Club. We find substantial risk-adjusted performance of about 35 basis points per month for the entire loan portfolio. Other loan portfolios grouped by risk category have similar risk-adjusted performance. We show that characteristics of the local bank sector for each loan, such as concentration of deposits and the presence of national banks, are related to the performance of loans. We conclude that marketplace lending has the potential to finance a growing share of the consumer credit market in the absence of a competitive response from the traditional incumbents.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2024. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Marketplace lending, Household finance, Financial intermediation, Financial innovation, Competition,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Bayes Business School
Bayes Business School > Finance
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