Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:10 am
From the Desk of Brad Wajnman
Ask any small business owner what their biggest challenge they’re facing today is and the answer you’re likely to hear “raising capital.”
See, even though 65% of all jobs in the U.S. were created by small businesses between 1993 and 2009, over the last four years, lending to small businesses has been slashed in half.
Because of this, many entrepreneurs have been forced to explore other, more unconventional, funding options in order to get access to the credit they need to open up shop, expand and ultimately, create more jobs.
One of the most popular options individuals have been tapping into lately has been P2P (peer-to-peer) lending, which cuts big banks and financial institutions out of the equation.
As a P2P lender (investor), YOU get to play the banker. And because there’s no ‘middleman’ taking a piece of the action, you stand to make higher returns on your idle cash than what you’re able to get with other traditional IVs (Investment Vehicles) such as CDs, savings accounts, bonds or mutual funds.
Until recently, borrowers could only receive a loan from P2P lenders in their own name as an individual. But I recently found one innovative company that has the distinction of being the first P2P lending platform to offer loans exclusively to small businesses.
After speaking to the CEO last week, I also found out that it’s possible for international investors to participate as well.
If you’re looking to add more fixed income diversification to your existing retirement portfolio, this P2P lending opportunity offers some of the safest higher-yielding returns available today.
You can lend as little as $50 and start receiving monthly payments directly to your account. You can even instantly fund your account via credit card.
To find out more, log into the Vault, go to our AIP (Alternative Investments Page) and look under the ‘Misc / Other’ category.