P2P (person-to-person lending) lending volumes are equivalent to only a small fraction of the lending undertaken by traditional financial institutions, but P2P lending platforms can be viewed as an interesting development but not a competitive threat to traditional lenders. However, the emergence of P2P lending is a valuable new source of financing in the post-2008 global economic and financial world and has the potential to close the credit gap.
Since the 2008 global economic and financial crisis, individuals and businesses around the world have struggled to obtain financing from traditional lenders. In Europe the difficulty in obtaining new financing has been drawn out further by the instability among member states participating in the eurozone. As a result of this ongoing financing constraint, individuals and businesses have looked to alternative sources to obtain funding. To fill this market niche, new financing models have been created in the past few years and new providers have entered the market with platforms that match investors with prospective borrowers.
These services enable individuals and small to medium-sized enterprises that cannot obtain loans from traditional lenders to obtain the funding they need for a new car, to pay off credit cards, or to expand their businesses.
Mercator Advisory Group’s latest research, An Introduction to Peer-to-Peer Lending: A European Perspective analyzes the new and fast growing payments segment known as peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and the business models underpinning it. This report focuses on P2P lending providers in the European market, in particular the U.K., profiling the leaders in both the consumer segment and the business lending market.
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