We continue to monitor both the macroeconomic environment and the environment here at LendingClub. As additional data comes in and changes made to the credit model continue to take shape, we are making an update to target returns previously disclosed on June 25, 2020 and separate grade level targets disclosed on August 4, 2020.
Since June 25, 2020, overall target returns have increased slightly. This change can be attributed to the continuation of positive performance trends on previously facilitated loans and to the changes on the platform since the emergence of coronavirus (tightened underwriting, interest rate increases, verification enhancements and more), as well as anticipated effects of the current macroeconomic outlook.
As was the case in our last update, we have also provided insight into two factors that could impact returns (prepayments and losses) to illustrate the sensitivities of returns to these key variables and provide an illustration of potential adverse impacts on returns. (It’s important to note that actual returns may vary and will be influenced by a variety of factors.)
The environment is unprecedented and changes daily. Given the pace of change, we encourage all of our investors to reach out to us with any questions; we’re here to help.
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