How To Truly Earn Passive Income From Lending Club

by Hank Coleman

How To Truly Earn Passive Income From Lending ClubI thoroughly like investing in Lending Club and peer-to-peer lending where I can earn a higher rate of return than many other investing options and definitely higher than a savings account or money market fund.

I have been investing with Lending Club for almost four years now, and it has truly been a great experience that I would highly recommend to others who are looking for a greater rate of return on their investments than others.

Lending Club is a great way to earn a passive income that will supplement and diversify your investments. It is easy to earn passive income from Lending Club.

Lending Club Makes A Great Diversified Investment

One of the greatest advantages of Lending Club and peer-to-peer lending is that it allows you to be incredibly diversified in your investments. You have the option of investing in risky loans as well as a host of safe loans earning a good rate of return from people who have good credit scores, have been employed by the current employer for decades, have a mortgage, and even people who have not been delinquent on loan payments in the past two years.

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Additionally, by only having to invest a minimum of $25 in a single loan, you share only a very minor portion of the risk. There are a group of investors who pool their money together in each loan. Some investors risk more money, but quite a few like me only invest $25 at a time in any one loan. This significantly reduces your risk of default by spreading your money around to many loans throughout the Peer to Peer lending investing portal.

How To Earn Passive Income From Lending Club

Earn passive income from Lending ClubAs I mentioned earlier, you only need $25 to invest in a new loan with Lending Club. And with that $25, you will continue to earn an income stream each and every month as that borrower continues to repay his or her loan to you and the other investors through Lending Club.

Even if you never reinvest a single payment that you receive from a borrower, you will continue to receive between $0.50 and about $2.00 per month per loan you invest in depending on the interest rate that is being charged to the borrowers which is based on a host of factors such as the reason for the loan, length of loan, and of course their credit score.

These payments are in the form of both principle and interest payments like any other loan that we are used to paying ourselves. This time the only difference is that you are the bank with Peer to Peer lending. So, in order to earn a passive income, you simply have to collect the payments, and then you can decide either to cash out, let your cash build in your Lending Club account, or reinvest those funds into new Lending Club loans, which are what I do in order to continue building my portfolio, diversify risk, and earn a passive income stream.

An Example Of Earning A Passive Income From Lending Club

You only need $25 to invest in a new loan with Lending Club. So, in order to earn a passive income and continue reinvesting in new loans, you simply have to have enough loans generating monthly income that produce $25 per month. For example, an ultra safe A4 rated loan charging a 7.9% interest rate to the borrower returns $0.50 in principle and interest to me each month.

Remember that I only invested $25 and 181 other people invested in the $15,300 loan as well. So, if you had 50 loans exactly like this one, your peer-to-peer lending investment account would generate that $25 per month needed to reinvest in another Lending Club loan. Reinvesting your investment proceeds will continue to let your investments grow with compounding interest.

Compounding Interest And Passive Income Over Time With Lending Club

Of course, the power of compounding interest continues to work its magic with peer-to-peer lending as well. With the same 50 loan example above earning enough passive income to generate one new peer-to-peer lending loan per month to invest in, you will end the year with 62 loans.

Those 62 loans would generate $31 per month in passive income by the end of the next year instead of the original $25 thanks to those 12 additional loans from the previous year. Those 62 loans could generate the capital to invest in 15 or more new Peer to Peer lending loans the next year increasing your total loans to over 77. Over the following year, you could see an increase of 19 more loans if you didn’t add a single new loan with your own money and simply reinvested loan proceeds.

Lending Club is a great way to earn a passive income that will supplement and diversify your investments. It is easy to earn passive income from Lending Club.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.


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jay

Right, you only need $25 to invest with Lending Club.

And a net worth of something like $75,000. ?_?

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jay

Sorry, I actually had that wrong. Here is what it actually says.

I have an annual gross income of at least $70,000 and a net worth (exclusive of home, home furnishings and automobile) of at least $70,000; or a net worth of at least $250,000(determined with the same exclusions)

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AverageJoe

I am WAY excited about Lending Club, too, but unfortunately, I live in Texas, which is one of the few states where it’s illegal. Sigh.

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Daniel Palmer

P2P lending is definitely a good way to diversify, but everybody’s rushing into p2p loans like there’s no downside. Do you really think an investment with the returns of p2p lending doesn’t come with risk?

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Genee' Woodson

This is what Hank wrote: “Even if you never reinvest a single payment that you receive from a borrower, you will continue to receive between $0.50 and about $2.00 per month per loan you invest.”

This is what I’m writing: Am I missing something here? Please tell me these are not the amounts you are basing prosperity on for investors. Perhaps you can clarify how $.50-$2.00 turns a profit.

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Hank Coleman

Great question, Genne. The key is that you receive “$0.50 and about $2.00 per month per loan”. When you have 50+ loans or so, then you’ll generate $25 per month in proceeds. You can then use Lending Club’s automatic reinvestment option to buy more loans automatically. $.50 is the monthly $2.00 profit per loan which really adds up when you have a large number of loans, which leads to prosperity. Great question! Thanks!

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RAnn

I don’t know what kind of loans you are investing in. I have a $25 dollar 36 month note with over 30% interest and the payment is 99 cents. I’d agree that 50 cents is probably an average payment on a $25 note, which if you invest in the recommended 100 notes, would give you $50/month to re-invest, if all the notes pay, which odds are, they won’t. However, odds also are that some notes will pre-pay.

Hank, profit with Lending Club is, in some ways, hypothetical until the entire note has been paid. Using my 36 month 30% interest note, the first payment is 43 cents principal, 56 cents interest (or profit). However, as these are amortized loans, the next payment will be slightly more principal and slightly less interest. On the other end of the spectrum, a 6.99% 36 month note has a payment of 76 cents, only 14 cents of which is interest. If the note defaults before enough payments have been made, then you lose money on that loan. The idea is that in the end the profits outweigh the defaults. Right now, my charged off loans total about 2/3 of the interest; I get to keep 1/3 of the interest I’ve been paid. I’ve been investing about 2.5 years.

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RAnn

I’ve been investing with Lending Club for over two years and one thing I’ve noticed lately is that more and more of those $25 loans parts are defaulting. My returns have definitely dropped in the last six months. I wondered if it was me, or if my account had reached a certain point (aince it is well known that the rate you see the first few months is highly inflated since defaults haven’t hit), but research shows that everyone else is in the same boat–LC has changed its underwriting to increase volume and returns are dropping. The median went from about 7% to about 5%,and I’ll bet further drops are coming. What has been your return lately?

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ESI Money

I’m starting to pull money out of LC to get it down to $50k or so invested.

At the rate the money becomes available, I’ll reach that level in a year or so.

It’s just not liquid enough for me and my returns aren’t that great.

Prosper is a bit better on returns, but I’m keeping it at $25k for now.

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