Marketplace lending

Fresh off IPO, Upstart aims to push boundaries of AI-based lending


The online lender, which raised $240 million, wants to take its artificial intelligence technology for evaluating borrowers to the next level and expand its partnerships with banks, its CEO says.


Why PPP fraud hit fintechs harder than banks


Scammers may have had more success at duping fintechs than banks in obtaining Paycheck Protection Program loans. But there are reasons for this apparent disparity.


End of an era: LendingClub to drop P2P platform


The San Francisco fintech, which is buying Radius Bancorp, will discontinue peer-to-peer lending and instead offer new products, like high-yield savings accounts, to its retail investors.


One lender's ideas on how to save small business


Kabbage co-founder Kathryn Petralia, whose company is being sold to American Express, discusses government and financial-sector lifelines she says could help businesses that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.


Online loans are holding up better than expected


Fintech lenders that reported a surge in missed payments at the start of the pandemic have seen credit quality rebound substantially since. But credit performance could still deteriorate if high unemployment persists and Congress fails to enact more relief measures.


Colo. 'true lender' settlement is path forward for bank-fintech partnerships


The agreement between Colorado authorities, marketplace lenders and banks offers a way to structure partnerships without triggering the wrath of state regulators.


Mike Cagney launches blockchain for loan trading. Will banks go for it?


The former SoFi chief’s latest startup, Figure, has created what it says is a transparent marketplace for buying and selling assets. Some banks have embraced the technology, but other blockchain projects have stalled because lenders don't want rivals to see their data.


States sue FDIC over 'rent-a-bank' partnerships


A group of eight Attorneys General filed suit against an FDIC final rule related to ‘rent-a-bank’ partnerships, mirroring a similar suit filed against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency last month.


Why Amex is buying Kabbage


American Express isn't acquiring any loans in its deal for the online small-business lender. Here's what it is getting.


Would McWilliams stay on at FDIC if Biden wins?


Jelena McWilliams's term as FDIC chair expires in 2023, and she cannot be removed by an incoming president. But if Joe Biden prevails, he may ask her to stay — and if she does, governing a Democratic-majority board would be a very different proposition.