Zopa Blog

News, updates and other ramblings, straight from the horse's mouth.

Britons opt for pre-tirement over total retirement

18 Dec 2014

We’ve all read numerous reports over recent years which state that the government has once again raised the “retirement age”. In six years’ time this will be 66 for both men and women while later in the 2020s it will rise to 67. But in fact, the only thing directly affected by these legislative changes is the age at which you can start claiming your state pension.

My Zopa Lending

17 Dec 2014

This latest release to My Zopa aims to make it easier to understand how lending works so you can make more informed decisions based on how much money is queued, where your money is, and how quickly the queues are moving.

The government’s plans for the sharing economy

16 Dec 2014

There can be no clearer sign that a trend has crossed over into the mainstream than when the government commissions a report into it.

One small step for P2P, one giant leap for Lending Club

12 Dec 2014

Yesterday marked a significant milestone in the evolution of peer-to-peer finance with the American P2P firm Lending Club making its Wall Street debut.

Welcome to the sharing economy

09 Dec 2014

If you are reading this, the chances are you are part of the sharing economy. This is a concept that many of us have heard talked about, and it has even been the subject of a recent government review.

Autumn Statement 2014 – round up

04 Dec 2014

The Autumn Statement, or Pre-Budget Report as Labour used to call it, is normally not a time of great excitement. But with a General Election just six months away, it was hardly surprising that George Osborne managed to offer voters a few sweeteners as well as some apparently positive economic news.

Meet Zopa's latest writer - Chris Torney

02 Dec 2014

Hello and welcome to my first post. From this week, we are going to use the blog to cover a wider range of topics, from economic trends and money management to new developments in technology and the sharing economy.

Zopa goes with the Flow

01 Dec 2014

We are very happy to announce that Zopa has signed a commercial agreement to provide finance to Flow customers on its innovative, money saving and low carbon boiler.

Lending Queue FAQ

24 Nov 2014

We value transparency regarding your lending here at Zopa and that is why we are working to provide better visibility to see where your money is in the lending queue. We are working on improving this and updates will be introduced to My Zopa over the coming weeks.

Zopa named Best P2P lender by MoneyWeek

11 Nov 2014

We are very proud to announce that Zopa has been voted Best P2P lender in the MoneyWeek Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.

Alternative finance market set to double in 2015 – Nesta report

10 Nov 2014

A new report. from Nesta and the University of Cambridge highlights how the UK alternative finance sector has more than doubled in the last year and is set to grow to $4.4bn in 2015.

Home Improvement Index - DIY ROI

04 Nov 2014

Us Brits love our homes, we consider them to be our castles and the main asset we own. We also love the odd bit of DIY, although most of us would probably admit that we are less handy in reality. With the housing market currently adding huge amounts to the value of homes across the country, at Zopa, we thought it would be good to show which area of your home can provide the most return on investment (ROI) and add the most value to your property.

Updates to My Zopa

27 Oct 2014

Over the coming weeks we’ll be making some changes to the logged in account pages for lenders, called My Zopa.

P2P ISA update – government consultation

17 Oct 2014

The government has today confirmed plans to include peer-to-peer lending in ISAs following an initial announcement in this year's Budget. The consultation paper published today by the Treasury explores how P2P could be included in the ISA structure and a consultation period is now underway to gather feedback on how to best incorporate P2P into ISAs.

The cost of raising an adult - Infographic

16 Oct 2014

With the costs of bringing up a child spiralling in the UK, British parents could be forgiven for hoping that their offspring will be off their hands (and wallets) by the time they reach adulthood. However, our latest research reveals that children continue to cost their parents an average of £32,664 through early adulthood (between the ages of 18 and 30).


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