Benefits of diversification

image of $1,000 divided among 40 Notes
With the investment minimum of $1,000, you can get up to 40 Notes at $25 each.

Diversifying your LendingClub Note portfolio

Diversification is a way to manage investment risk by spreading your dollars across many different investments to reduce the exposure to and the risk of a single investment. This same principle applies to your LendingClub account. Diversifying your investment across multiple Notes takes some risk off the table, because if one borrower doesn't pay back their loan, that investment loss may be offset by other borrowers that do.

Diversification can reduce volatility of returns

This chart demonstrates how greater diversification, or owning more Notes, can reduce the volatility of adjusted net annualized returns.* Moving from left to right in the chart, the number of Notes per account increases and the lines in the chart get closer together. This illustrates that as accounts hold more and more Notes, each Note represents a smaller portion of the total and their returns may become more stable and consistent.

Adjusted Net Annualized Returns comparing 90th percentile, median, and 10th percentile.

The chart above includes accounts that have a weighted average Note age of 12 months or older, hold at least 5 Notes, and have not transacted on the Note Trading Platform.

Owning 100+ Notes may reduce risk in your returns*

Chart: percentage of investors who have positive ANAR vs Negative ANAR based on number of Notes held.
This chart includes accounts that have a weighted average Note age of 12 months or older, and have not transacted on the Note Trading Platform and shows that more diversified accounts - those with at least 100 Notes, which you can purchase with $2,500 - have been more likely to see positive returns.

  • 99% of investors with 100+ Notes investing in grades A through E* have earned positive returns.*
  • Accounts that are less diversified with fewer than 100 Notes have been more likely to see negative returns.

What is diversification?

Diversification is a way to manage investment risk by spreading your dollars across many different investments to reduce the exposure to and the risk of a single investment. Investing in a combination of assets that are not correlated can lead to a return with lower volatility and less unique risk.

Example of the power of diversification

Diversification helps to limit the impact of any single charge off by spreading your money across many different Notes. For example, say you have $2,500 to invest in LendingClub Notes. You could invest:

  • $2,500 in one borrower; or
  • $25 in 100 different borrowers.

If you invest in one borrower and that borrower becomes late and the loan eventually charges off, you could potentially lose 100% of your total investment amount.

If you invested a relatively equal amount in 100 different borrowers and that same borrower becomes late, your potential loss on that particular Note would be limited to 1% of your total investment amount.

How you can diversify at LendingClub

Automated investing

Automated Investing is an easy way to create a diversified investment. You set your investment criteria and Automated Investing will place orders for Notes as matching inventory becomes available.

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Browse loans

Browse the loans listed on our platform and manually pick the borrowers you want to invest in. You will find credit and loan information in each listing.

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