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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Person-to-Person Lending Paperback – April 7, 2009

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Curtis E. Arnold, a nationally recognized consumer educator and advocate, has been educating consumers about credit cards since 1998, and is the author of How You Can Profit from Credit Cards: Using Credit to Improve Your Financial Life and Bottom Line. Beverly Blair Harzog is a widely published freelance writer specializing in personal finance. She is a former CPA and has an MBA in public relations.

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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578825
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ann Logue on July 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
People are fed up with banks, for good reason: too many banks have behaved irresponsibly, looking to milk as much money out of customers in as short a period as possible rather than build a long-term relationship. And, in this economy, many people are finding themselves in need of a loan from family and friends. This book sets out all the different ways that people can lend money to each other to make money (anonymous peer to peer lending sites), help those in need help themselves (microfinance), and borrow money from relatives without destroying family relationships. This is a great guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Ogino on March 7, 2010
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Being someone that has a career in consumer lending, it is very stimulating to know that someone is finally thinkng outside the box. This book does a great job in teaching you the basics of lending and explaining how you can retrieve the same returns that larger banks do. It is very easy to understand if you are someone that has zero background in banking and consumer lending.

However some of the information in the book is outdated due to the nature of this niche product quickly growing and evolving. I do not blame the authors because they cannot predict the future and control the changes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SuperheatedTricorder on August 4, 2011
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I purchased the item from Amazon, arrived in great condition and timely. It is informative and details the various websites where you can purchase the notes and potentially earn more interest for your money. I would caution anyone to be very careful and understand exactly what you are buying. According to the book, each site has a bank that originates the loan, which the borrower pays the fee. Enter the retail investors who purchase the notes and earn interest. The bank makes money originating the loans, ALL the risk is passed on to the note buyers. I am not criticizing the method, but I think everyone should understand that the loan originators are making money and passing on the risk. Same thing banks that banks did with the mortgages.

The book is a good read and explains how the process works.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
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Like all guides in the Idiots series, this book is very well put together. This book on person-to-person (P2P) lending consists of 24 chapters broken up into four parts, with two appendices (one for key terms and definitions and one for useful web links on anything and everything related to the topic of P2P lending). Each chapter begins with a bulleted roadmap and ends with a summary of the key ideas presented in the chapter, making it easy for those time-pressed folks to get the main ideas, or for those 'just-the-facts, Ma'am' types.

The writing style was active, easy-going and almost friendly in a way. At points I often got the impression while reading the text that I was having a conversation with someone over coffee about P2P lending. Although chock-full of detail, none of it was presented in a jargon-filled fashion, and any terms and jargon presented were very well defined.

The book presented both sides of the lending-borrowing transaction, and gave good pointers to both sides on how to best navigate this brave new world. It also provided a good summary of developments in P2P up to about 2008 thereabouts, and while much has happened in the space since then, the book accurately captured the general ideas very well, and did a good job of pointing the reader in the right direction for more information.

I originally picked the book up, hoping to learn more about participating within this industry, principally as a lender with an eye to diversifying my investment portfolio. Gradually, I came to realize that it may well be possible for me to participate as a borrower, and get more attractive terms and conditions on borrowings than from traditional lenders to boot!
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