Don't invest unless you're prepared to lose money. This is a high-risk investment. You may not be able to access your money easily and are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong. Take 2 mins to learn more.

Risk summary for P2P agreements or P2P portfolios

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Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be high risk.

What are the key risks?

1. You could lose the money you invest

  • Many peer-to-peer (P2P) loans are made to borrowers who can’t borrow money from traditional lenders such as banks. These borrowers have a higher risk of not paying you back.

  • Advertised rates of return aren’t guaranteed. If a borrower doesn’t pay you back as agreed, you could earn less money than expected. A higher advertised rate of return means a higher risk of losing your money.

  • These investments can be held in an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). An IFISA does not reduce the risk of the investment or protect you from losses, so you can still lose all your money. It only means that any potential gains from your investment will be tax free.

2. You are unlikely to get your money back quickly

  • Some P2P loans last for several years. You should be prepared to wait for your money to be returned even if the borrower repays on time.

  • Some platforms may give you the opportunity to sell your investment early through a ‘secondary market’, but there is no guarantee you will be able to find someone willing to buy.

  • Even if your agreement is advertised as affording early access to your money, you will only get your money early if someone else wants to buy your loan(s). If no one wants to buy, it could take longer to get your money back.

3. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

  • Putting all your money into a single business or type of investment for example, is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on any one to do well.

  • A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments.

4. The P2P platform could fail

  • If the platform fails, it may be impossible for you to collect money on your loan. It could take years to get your money back, or you may not get it back at all. Even if the platform has plans in place to prevent this, they may not work in a disorderly failure.

5. You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong

  • The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), in relation to claims against failed regulated firms, does not cover investments in P2P loans. You may be able to claim if you received regulated advice to invest in P2P, and the adviser has since failed. Try the FSCS investment protection checker here.

  • Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA-regulated platform, FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here.

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA’s website here. For further information about peer-to-peer lending (loan-based crowdfunding), visit the FCA’s website here.

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BLEND is deliberately positioned to maximise the opportunities generated by the current changing macro environment.

Experienced developers

We only lend to experienced developers, minimising the credit risk.

Mid-market focus

We target underserved and resilient regional development schemes (loan sizes £1m to £10m).

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Each of our loans has a robust security package.

Highly selective

We accept less than 2% of finance applications.

Experienced developers

We only lend to experienced developers, minimising the credit risk.

Mid-market focus

We target underserved and resilient regional development schemes (loan sizes £1m to £10m).

First charge senior security

Each of our loans has a robust security package.

Highly selective

We accept less than 2% of finance applications.

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Origination

Our expert lending managers source optimum risk/returns real estate development finance lending opportunities all across the UK.

2

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Our experienced credit team perform an enhanced due diligence on all projects, including meeting the developers in person and visiting the sites.

3

Transaction Execution

Once a lending opportunity has been identified, approved and credit backed, our credit team ensures a flawless execution.

4

Portfolio Management

Our asset management specialists regularly monitor the performance of the loan portfolio until repayment.

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