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Alternative Investments and Peer-to-Peer Lending

Alternative Investments

For investors looking for opportunities to earn fair returns, it can be difficult to know where to put your money. The stock market can be extremely volatile. Alternative investments, such as hedge funds and private equity, have attracted a lot of money. But there are certainly risks in alternative investment strategies that reach for higher returns.

Peer-to-peer lending at Prosper offers investors an opportunity to earn returns that may be higher than those available in savings accounts or money market funds, while offering greater control over your investment choices. It's a viable alternative investment for you to consider.

People-to-People Investing: A better alternative

Investors looking for an alternative to the stock market can diversify their assets by investing through Prosper. Prosper Notes may provide additional income while adding a new asset class to your portfolio. You can diversify and spread your risk by investing as little as $25 per listing. At Prosper, we want to help you by mitigating the risks of peer-to-peer lending as much as possible. We provide you with the tools and data you need to make informed decisions to invest money. You can select individual loans that match your targets for risk and return. Prosper Marketplace notes are not FDIC insured, nor are they guaranteed. Borrowers may default on their loans, exposing lenders to credit risk.
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Returns on Other Investments
Two-Year Returns to December 31, 2009. The returns shown are price returns only and do not include dividends.

How Does Prosper Work?

Investors create an account, set their parameters, and purchase Prosper Notes. Each Prosper Note corresponds to a listing which sets forth the relevant details about the loan, including loan amount, Note rate, yield percentage, and borrower information. Any payment from a Prosper Note is dependent on the payments Prosper receives on the corresponding loan.

The Notes that correspond to specific borrower listings are offered by prospectus. Investors should read the complete description of the Notes and risks associated with making an investment in the Notes as well as other information about the Prosper model in the prospectus.

Prosper Notes are risk bearing and speculative investments for suitable investors only. If a borrower fails to make payments on the corresponding borrower loan related to your Prosper Note, you will not receive payments on your Note. There is the potential that you will not receive any payments on a Prosper Note. You should review the prospectus before investing through Prosper. Not FDIC-insured. Notes may lose value. No Prosper or bank guarantee.