Prosper Blog
September 30, 2016
Drowning in Debt? 3 Tips to Stay Above Water
By Remi Harrad
When Oscar Torres finished college, he was left with a mountain of debt. After 8 years of going to school and working part time, he had amassed more than $20,000 in credit card bills. “I had a couple of jobs, but I wasn’t making enough money, so I started putting a lot of my expenses on a credit card,” said Oscar. “After college I was living paycheck to paycheck. I couldn’t sleep at night knowing that it was going to take me 22 years to pay off a $20,000 credit card balance. That’s no way to live,” said Oscar.
September 28, 2016
Americans Aren’t Waiting for the Next President to Help Them Economically; They Are Getting On Top of Their Finances Now
By Jennifer Clark
With the presidential election just weeks away, a new “Election & Prosperity Poll” from Prosper Marketplace reveals that Americans are not waiting for the next president to help them economically, they are prioritizing their finances now. Nearly half of all adults (41 percent) said that “getting on top of my finances” is their number one priority for the rest of 2016, beating out “improving my health” (32 percent) and “advancing my career” (13 percent).
September 20, 2016
Everything You Need To Know About Debt
By Jennifer Clark
With more than 60% of Americans carrying some amount of credit card debt, debt consolidation can help you pay off what you owe faster and help to put you on a path to financial well-being. The first step is understanding what debt consolidation is and what it entails. If you are struggling with debt because you have multiple credit card accounts and loans, you might want to consider debt consolidation.
September 16, 2016
Performance Update: August 2016
By Brad Pennington
Today I am proud to share the Prosper Performance Update for August 2016. As you will see in the Update, estimated returns on the August production continue to be slightly above 7% on average.* The Update also shows that the 2016 portfolio is on track to have the highest Internal Rate of Return (IRR) target since 2013 and the highest average FICO to date. We believe this is a result of policy interventions made throughout 2016. Prosper also believes that these ongoing policy improvements will positively impact delinquency in the new 2016 vintages.
September 1, 2016
Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
By Jennifer Clark
By definition, debt is simply an amount of money borrowed by one party from another. And for most of us, debt is a necessary part of life. We borrow money so that we can buy goods or services that we otherwise could not afford right away. In this sense, all debt is the same: we take now and give back in the future. But because debt can have positive or negative consequences, it’s typically thought of as good debt or bad debt.
August 15, 2016
Dollars & $ense: The Importance of Being Financially Knowledgeable this Fall
By Jennifer Clark
As the sizzle and excitement of long summer days starts to fade into the background and back to school creeps into view, now is the time when millions of Americans should begin to focus on Fall and plan for what lies ahead.