Peer-to-Peer Lending

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Definition of 'Peer-to-Peer Lending'

Peer-to-peer lending (P2P lending) is a type of lending in which individuals or businesses lend money to each other directly, without the use of a bank or other financial institution. P2P lending platforms match borrowers with lenders, and the interest rates and terms of the loans are set by the lenders.

P2P lending has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it offers a number of advantages over traditional lending. For borrowers, P2P lending can provide access to loans at lower interest rates than those offered by banks. For lenders, P2P lending can offer higher returns than traditional investments.

There are a number of different P2P lending platforms available, each with its own unique features. Some platforms focus on specific types of loans, such as personal loans or business loans. Others offer a wider range of loan options.

Before using a P2P lending platform, it is important to do your research and compare the different platforms to find one that meets your needs. You should also consider the interest rates, fees, and terms of the loans offered by the platform.

P2P lending can be a great way to borrow money or invest your money. However, it is important to understand the risks involved before using a P2P lending platform. These risks include the potential for default on the loan, the lack of regulation, and the potential for fraud.

If you are considering using a P2P lending platform, it is important to do your research and understand the risks involved. You should also only use a platform that is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

* [The FCA's guide to P2P lending](https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/loans/peer-to-peer-lending)
* [The Money Advice Service's guide to P2P lending](https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/peer-to-peer-lending)
* [The Which? guide to P2P lending](https://www.which.co.uk/personal-finance/loans/peer-to-peer-lending/)

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