Zopa Blog

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

Alternative Transfer List

28 Aug 2014

Around this time every year, football fans up and down the country urge managers and chairmen to put their hands in their pockets and invest additional transfer funds in new talent to improve their team’s prospects. But not every big-money move goes to plan: for every Thierry Henry or Eric Cantona there is an Andy Carroll, Fernando Torres or Andriy Shevchenko.

The power of compound interest

20 Aug 2014

Anyone who is serious about their finances and looking to maximise their returns should get clued up about compound interest. Although compound interest is a relatively simple concept, it can be an incredibly powerful force for growing your money. Given enough time, even a modest investment can grow significantly when the returns are compounded.

The Power of the Crowd, and the Death of the Middleman

11 Aug 2014

As you’re already on the Zopa website, I’m guessing you already know how Zopa works. And there’s a good chance you think Zopa offers a great service. I certainly think it does. In fact, I think Zopa is a truly fantastic company. It has cut out the middleman and offers great deals for both borrowers and lenders. But beyond those great deals, I think there’s another reason to be really positive about Zopa. You see, Zopa was a true ‘crowd finance’ pioneer, and it’s led the way for lots of other sites to follow on behind.

Matching Engine and Rapid Returns updates

01 Aug 2014

On the 11th June I announced changes to the way loans are matched to lender funds. The changes made so far mean that lender funds on offer can regularly be reduced to zero on any one day, as is currently happening in the longer market. The next of these changes will be released this week. This will display new funds and repayments separately and show when the funds were placed on offer. This allows repayment money to be re-lent quickly, while also allowing those placing new funds to see how long it is taking for their money to be lent out.

What would a Bank of England interest rate increase mean for lenders?

22 Jul 2014

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, recently suggested during his Mansion House speech that an interest raise rise “could happen sooner than markets currently expect”, leading many analysts to suggest it may happen as early as the end of this year.

Zopa's Summer Party

18 Jul 2014

Recently we celebrated our ninth birthday with over 350 Zopa customers at our annual summer party. We saw a wide range of both lenders and borrowers join our team for a few drinks and nibbles at the Fable Bar close to Zopa’s offices in London.

What's your debt age?

08 Jul 2014

Did you know that the average Briton has £4.5k of credit card debts? These debts can take up to 17 years to pay off, but most of us aren’t aware of our true ‘debt age’.

Five need to know things about peer-to-peer lending

27 Jun 2014

You may have only just heard about peer-to-peer lending (P2P) but it is older than you think as we (Zopa) invented the concept back in 2004, and have been lending other people’s money for over nine years. We therefore like to think we know a thing or two about it. And although we have now been around for almost a decade, there are still some things we think you should know about us.

Zopa does the Moneywise awards double

13 Jun 2014

Brazil weren’t the only triumphant team yesterday evening as Zopa stormed the MoneyWise Customer Service Awards 2014 with a double win. Scooping the award for Most Trusted Loan Provider for a record fifth year in a row, Zopa then took the prize for Most Trusted Specialist as a lender later in the evening.

Institutional lending update

13 Jun 2014

As you may have seen in the news recently as covered by the likes of the FT. Zopa along with other UK peer-to-peer lending (P2P) companies, have agreed to make available an allocation of loans for institutional lenders.

Zopa approves 100k loans

12 Jun 2014

We reached an important milestone at Zopa as we are proud to announce that Zopa lenders have now funded over 100,000 individual loans for UK borrowers. This means that our 52,000 active lenders have made a total of 27.9 million peer-to-peer loans since Zopa created peer-to-peer lending back in 2005.

Matching engine update

11 Jun 2014

Monitoring the way loans are matched is a daily priority here at Zopa and over the past few months we have analysed a large amount of data to look at how to improve the lending process. Over the next few weeks we will be making a number of changes we believe that will improve the overall lending experience.

Zopa's 0% balance transfer trap stunt

06 Jun 2014

This week saw Zopa hit the streets of London armed with a larger than life credit card trap to highlight the pitfalls that some consumers get into with 0% balance transfer deals, as previously featured with our #Backtoblack campaign.

Zopa Moneyfesto

16 May 2014

As part of our BacktoBlack campaign on 0% balance transfer traps and credit card debt, we have created the Zopa Moneyfesto highlighting the key issues and changes we would like to see credit card companies make. Paving the way for better and clearer information for consumers, so they do not fall into the 0% balance transfer ambush as half of customers never pay off their balance and 25% of card holders lose their deal altogether.

BacktoBlack - Are UK credit cardholders getting a good deal?

12 May 2014

Zopa has today revealed the real cost of 0% balance transfers that affect millions of credit card holders in the UK. Results from our #BacktoBlack report compiled by personal finance expert Mike Naylor, reveals the pitfalls, ongoing debts and unexpected costs of using credit cards.

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