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Do Small Business Loans Generate Significant Returns?

Originally @ Newfination Editor’s note: Nik Milanovic is the head of business development & marketing analytics at  Endurance Lending Network . He is also a Newfination Expert in crowdlending. A recent  blog post by  Lend Academy founder Peter Renton on Lending Club’s entrance into the small business lending market brought up a too-familiar question: do small business loans underperform consumer loans? The concept of small business loans generating abysmal returns is a common misconception among peer-to-peer investors. But where does this myth come from? And what evidence is there to the contrary? If you look only at peer-to-peer lenders focused on consumer loans, it’s easy to walk away thinking business loans are too risky to generate positive, reliable returns.  Nickel Steamroller , which provides analytics and insights on the ROI of peer-to-peer lenders  Lending Club and  Prosper , highlights this issue. Over Lending Club’s historical performance, for instance, small b