P2P Lending: Interactive Chart Data
Prime Meridian has created a resource using Google Trends to measure the interest over time of the peer-to-peer industry- P2P Lending: Interactive Chart Data
Since the inception of Prosper in 2006 and Lending Club in 2007, P2P lending gained popularity and has served as an alternative to traditional credit lenders. Though the initial growth of this space was slow to start, in the past year it has boomed which has correlated with increasing demand.
Initially starting out with core terms: P2P lending, peer-to-peer lending, and P2P loans which are terms used to possibly search for P2P loans or are doing a background searches with the purpose of obtaining a loan. As somewhat of lesser-known term to the general public- P2P lending, as shown by the Google trends graph below, it is on the fast track to become a established financial term thanks to Lending Club’s upcoming IPO, recent pieces in leading publications, and the public’s recent frustration with traditional banks.
The Google Trends graph is updated monthly and will be available under Prime Meridian’s resources to view at any time.
*As of December 2014
*Note that 2014’s amount is estimated by doubling 2014’s cumulative dollar amount as of 6/02/2014.
Both the growth of peer-to-peer lending searches and dollar amount of loans issued grew steadily from 2007. One could conclude that as the number of searches of P2P lending grew so did the total dollar amount of loans issued.
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