Amount lent £1,520,023,340

Loan parts traded £275,334,736

Average annual return (all time)
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What is the average return and how is it calculated?

* This is the weighted average return across all investors lending for 1 year or more through Funding Circle over an annualised period. It includes all earnings and is calculated after fees and bad debt but before tax. Investment through Funding Circle involves lending to small and medium sized businesses so your investment can go down as well as up. Remember, past returns are not necessarily a guide to future returns. Data is correct as of 01 July 2016. See the full calculation here.

7.1%
(after fees and bad debts, but before tax)

For average annual return by loan origination year, click here.

Latest gross interest rates

The chart shows the latest minimum, weighted average, and maximum simple gross interest rates for loans accepted on the Funding Circle marketplace.

These are the interest rates achieved by investors before fees and bad debts. Interest rates are set by Funding Circle and are based on a number of factors including risk band and term of a loan. What are the rates and how are they set?

You can use the dropdown menu to change the number of loans included. This data is updated daily. Remember, you are lending to businesses so your capital is at risk.

Join the Funding Circle 100 Club

At Funding Circle investors lend to lots of businesses to spread their risk. The Funding Circle 100 Club is a guide for investors to diversify their portfolio and maximise their returns.

100% of investors who have been lending for at least 1 year and lent to 100 businesses equally are currently earning a positive return.

Below is the latest distribution of returns for investors by different levels of diversification: for those lending to at least 100, 50 and 10 businesses with a maximum of 1%, 2% and 10% of their lending to any one business respectively. 67% of investors that are lending to at least 100 businesses (with a maximum exposure of 1% of their total lending to any one business) have earned more than 6% average return after fees and bad debts per year. This data is based off actual returns for people lending for at least 1 year and does not include future expected losses. Remember, past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance. Data is correct as of 31 March 2016.

Investors lending to at least 100 businesses and a maximum exposure of 1% of the total amount lent to any one business Investors lending to at least 50 businesses and a maximum exposure of 2% Investors lending to at least 10 businesses and a maximum exposure of 10%

The returns shown are based on the 21,751 investors who have been lending for at least 1 year and have been at the stated level of diversification for at least 75% of the days they have been lending (42.38% of all active investors). It includes all earnings and is calculated after fees and bad debt but before tax. Investment through Funding Circle involves lending to small and medium sized businesses so your investment can go down as well as up. This data is based off actual returns for people lending for at least 1 year and does not include future expected losses. Remember, past returns are not necessarily a guide to future returns.
See the full calculation here.

Managing risk: incorporating bad debts into your lending decisions

As part of lending to small businesses, it's important to remember that a percentage will be unable to repay their loan, because something significant changes in their business.

To help calculate your estimated return (after fees and bad debt, but before tax) you can use the estimated annual bad debt rates as a guide to what to expect on a year-to-year basis. Simply deduct the below estimated bad debt percentage from the gross interest rate less the 1% Funding Circle annual servicing fee.

A+ A B C D E Total
Estimated annual bad debt % 0.6% 1.5% 2.3% 3.3% 5.0% 8.0% 1.7%

Bad debt performance

The below graphs highlight estimated lifetime bad debt levels versus the actual performance of loans. The graphs are broken down into six month groups with the exception of 2010/2011 which has a lower amount of lending and has been grouped together for better comparison.

The graphs show that the actual percentage of bad debt levels versus expectations has consistently improved. Data is correct as of 01 July 2016.

Bad debt performance H2 2015 Bad debt performance H1 2015 Bad debt performance H2 2014 Bad debt performance H1 2014 Bad debt performance H2 2013 Bad debt performance H1 2013 Bad debt performance H2 2012 Bad debt performance H1 2012 Bad debt performance 2010 and 2011

Current bad debt performance and estimated lifetime bad debt levels

We also publish the full history of bad debts and compare these with the estimated lifetime bad debt levels at Funding Circle. Please note, that the C risk band was introduced in October 2011, D in July 2013 and E in July 2015. This data is updated daily.

A+ A B C D E Total
Current bad debt % 0.5% 1.6% 2.8% 3.8% 4.5% 2.2% 1.9%
Estimated lifetime bad debt % 1.1% 3.0% 5.1% 7.3% 11.4% 19.9% 3.9%

The current bad debt is the percentage of all Funding Circle loans in default which have not been repaid.

Estimated lifetime bad debt is the percentage of all Funding Circle loans which are not estimated to be repaid over their total lifetime (remember we offer 6, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 month loans). For example, for every £1000 of loans in the A+ risk band we expect that there will be around £12 of bad debts over the life of the loans.

The bad debts could happen at different points throughout the lifetime of the loan so the annualised impact could vary.

Bad debt performance over time

All members of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association also provide statistics showing figures on non-performing loans and bad debts. Data is correct as of 01 July 2016.

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Actual arrears (> 45 days) 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.9% 0.0%
Total outstanding amount more than 45 days late but not defaulted, as a percentage of amount lent in the calendar year.
Actual lifetime bad debt rate 5.2% 2.9% 4.1% 2.9% 1.2% 0.2%
Total bad debt (defaults less recoveries) over the lifetime of the loans as a percentage of amount lent in the calendar year (please note this is not annualised).
Expected lifetime bad debt rate 3.2% 4.2% 4.6% 4.4% 3.6% 3.5%
Expected lifetime bad debt​ at origination date as a percentage of amount lent in the calendar year. These figures are based on the weighted average of all risk bands of the loans funded in a calendar year.
Updated lifetime bad debt rate 5.2% 2.9% 4.2% 3.9% 3.6% 3.5%
Latest bad debt projection for each year using the actual bad debt rate to date plus projected future losses.
Principal repaid 100% 93.7% 79.5% 60.9% 31.7% 6.1%
Principal repaid excluding bad debts as a percentage of amount lent in the calendar year.

Our marketplace performance: in detail

The table below shows the current performance of all loans at Funding Circle. This data is updated daily.

A+ A B C D E Total
Loans originated 537,392,080 419,335,060 274,308,600 190,790,380 75,847,160 17,258,460 1,514,931,740
Principal repaid 189,808,030 179,074,930 121,454,227 92,669,994 29,962,693 3,058,232 616,028,106
Loans outstanding 344,380,339 231,521,705 143,032,916 88,921,378 41,813,087 13,793,307 863,462,732
On time 340,837,038 228,172,783 141,591,172 86,733,714 40,769,138 13,447,224 851,551,070
Late < 30 days 1,257,507 522,688 732,829 827,965 376,660 274,188 3,991,836
Late >= 30 days 1,620,794 905,977 662,889 1,164,891 641,884 71,895 5,068,331
Late >= 90 days 665,000 1,920,256 46,025 194,808 25,406 - 2,851,495
Recoveries 565,497 1,886,732 2,200,327 2,043,808 663,484 29,250 7,389,099
Bad debt 2,638,214 6,852,494 7,614,150 7,155,200 3,407,896 378,931 28,046,885
A+ A B C D E Total
Loans originated 5,661 6,323 4,889 3,571 1,584 369 22,397
Fully repaid loans 1,132 1,464 1,288 1,044 342 28 5,298
Loans outstanding 4,467 4,630 3,323 2,296 1,129 328 16,173
On time 4,437 4,582 3,279 2,234 1,093 322 15,947
Late < 30 days 13 18 20 20 15 3 89
Late >= 30 days 15 22 19 36 19 3 114
Late >= 90 days 2 8 5 6 2 - 23
Recoveries 40 161 188 154 68 7 618
Bad debt 22 68 90 77 45 6 308

Registered investors can download the entire Funding Circle loan book.