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Podcast 31: Peer-to-Peer Lending and Target Date Funds

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On today’s Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Renaud LaPlanche, co-founder and CEO of LendingClub and Rob Garcia, senior director of product strategy for the same company. The LendingClub teams discusses the benefits and drawbacks of peer-to-peer lending as an alternative to the traditional banking system.

Also in today’s episode, Flexo and Tom Dziubek discuss target date funds.

Production Number: S02E05
Segment Numbers: 42, 44

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[00:00] Introduction from Flexo
[00:37] Interview with Rob Garcia and Renaud LaPlanche
[00:57] Peer-to-peer lending
[02:16] Prospective and typical peer-to-peer borrowers
[03:49] Lending Club’s borrower screening process
[04:37] Lending Club’s investor protection
[05:33] Risks for investors
[06:25] How to invest with Lending Club
[08:04] Returns for investors
[09:23] Interview with Flexo about target date funds
[09:39] Introduction to target date funds
[10:45] Benefits of target date funds
[12:30] Drawbacks of target date funds
[14:27] Are there guarantees?
[15:36] Costs of target date funds
[17:05] SEC regulation of target date funds
[19:25] What happens when the funds mature
[20:26] The SEC and fund fees
[21:48] End

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Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published November 22, 2009. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar John DeFlumeri Jr

Lending club is not a savings vehicle, it is a business venture. An average risk loan company game for individuals. Only for people with play money, in my opinion.

John DeFlumeri Jr.

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