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havastat

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Wall Street Journal Questions Online Lendings Prospects
« on: October 13, 2015, 06:42:41 am »

The Wall Street Journal has been posting a series of articles casting doubt on online lendings, and particularly Lending Clubs, future, saying traditional banks may be poised to move into and recapture the space, or at least most of it.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/online-lenders-vs-banks-who-gets-disrupted-1444331083?ru=yahoo?mod=yahoo_itp
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 02:09:14 pm »

Anyone have have insight on heavy volume and price action of LC?
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Re: Wall Street Journal Questions Online Lendings Prospects
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 10:01:16 am »

I notice that insiders have been selling lately.

One possibility thats been given is that now that the stock is down, people Are selling so they can realize losses for tax purposes, which suggests it might start going up after the end of the year. But that doesnt explain the insiders, who are cashing in options at early strike prices and realizing profits which are still large.

The NYT, WDJ, and other media have suggested people have started to re-evaluate LCs prospects. Before it was assumed (as typical for a dot-com company) that it would inherit most of the market it was creating. But now it appears it may be facing intense competition, and may not end up dominating the market it helped create. Finally, and probably not least, it has been investing heavily in expanding, which means it has been taking losses. But Wall Streets thinking is very short term. People want to see profits now, or they sell and go for something else.
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Re: Wall Street Journal Questions Online Lendings Prospects
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2015, 09:03:47 pm »

Banks absolutely have online lending in their plans, regardless of LC and similar online lenders. To reduce costs, banks are cutting employee count and automating wherever they can, and this has been accelerated by the low interest rate environment.

There are so many banks and other competitors in this space, I cant figure how LC or Prosper can be profitable, and we all know they suffer from adverse selection.
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Re: Wall Street Journal Questions Online Lendings Prospects
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 11:27:03 pm »

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