Cash & Liquidity ManagementInvestment & FundingCapital MarketsP2P lending strikes chord with millennials

P2P lending strikes chord with millennials

Investors aged between 18 and 34 are four times more likely than those aged 55-plus to put money into the peer-to-peer asset class, suggests a UK survey.

The UK’s millennials are four times more likely to have money invested in peer-to- peer (P2P) than people aged 55 and over, according to research from P2P platform ThinCats, which focuses on secured business loans.

Its survey last August of a range of 2,000 adults suggests that “hamstrung by rock-bottom interest rates for most of their adult lives”, 4% of 18-34-year-olds currently have money in the emergent P2P sector, against just 1% of over-55s.

Twenty-nine per cent of millennials cited the ability to cut out banks as the sector’s biggest attraction, while 28% like that they can lend directly to businesses and 23% have had P2P recommended to them by a friend.

ThinCats suggests that among the key reasons for the P2P demographic split could be appetite for risk adjusted rate of return. Younger investors place much greater emphasis in earning high returns in exchange for greater risk, with 19% citing this as their primary motivation when investing, compared to only 9% of over-55s.

Just over half (51%) of over-55s are instead interested in stable returns and low volatility, compared to 25% of millennials.

The younger generation are also more open to innovative new investments, with 51% of 18-34 year-olds willing to give new asset classes a try, against 24% of those aged 55-plus. This openness is further evidenced by millennials’ propensity towards passion investments, with 61% of 18-34-year-old investors having invested in niche asset classes such as cars and books compared to 26% of over-55s.

“The P2P sector has been growing in popularity since it first arrived in the UK a decade ago, but many people still consider it to be something of a novel investment,” said Kevin Caley, founder and chairman of ThinCats. “That perceived novelty is perhaps why it has proved so popular with younger investors, but that could soon be about to change.”

The findings were published as the UK’s Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA), the body representing online debt-based alternative finance companies, reported continued sector growth at the end of 2016, with £844m (US$1.06bn) of new loans in the final quarter of 2016, 64% (£544m) of which were loans to businesses.

 

Related Articles

Sustainable finance fast becoming a mainstream financing tool

Banking Sustainable finance fast becoming a mainstream financing tool

5d Jay Ashar
Need for consolidated standards for green bonds in APAC

Banking Need for consolidated standards for green bonds in APAC

2w Jay Ashar
Decline in correspondent banking continues

Banking Decline in correspondent banking continues

2w Jay Ashar
CBDC 'need not undermine financial stability'

Open Banking CBDC 'need not undermine financial stability'

2w Jay Ashar
World Bank and CBA turn to blockchain for secondary bond trading

Blockchain World Bank and CBA turn to blockchain for secondary bond trading

3w Jay Ashar
South Africa Reserve Bank wants to test CBDC based on native currency

Open Banking South Africa Reserve Bank wants to test CBDC based on native currency

3w Jay Ashar
How exposed are banks if corporate debt starts to crumble?

Corporate to Bank Relationships How exposed are banks if corporate debt starts to crumble?

4w Richard Crecel
BofA Merrill Lynch to integrate CashPro with Apple Watch

Corporate to Bank Relationships BofA Merrill Lynch to integrate CashPro with Apple Watch

1m Jay Ashar

Whitepapers & Resources

Enhancing treasury through digital transformation

Automation Enhancing treasury through digital transformation

3m Austin Clark
Sanction Screening: The risk for companies is real

Payments Sanction Screening: The risk for companies is real

2w
Are You Ready to Implement your GRC Solution?

Are You Ready to Implement your GRC Solution?

2m
Netting: An Immersive Guide to Global Reconciliation

Netting: An Immersive Guide to Global Reconciliation

4m