Loan VolumeAs the chart below shows the majority of loans are issued to borrowers that have FICO score below 730. Less than 100 loans are issued to borrowers with FICO score above 825.
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The chart below shows the loan volume with FICO score for each application year, from 2007 to 2012. The loan applications from borrowers with FICO score 830 and higher were started to be listed on Lending Club in 2012.
The two observations stand out from this chart. First, more and more borrowers with lower FICO scores are applying for loan on Lending Club platform. The strict lending practices by traditional lending channels in the last few years may have resulted in borrowers with lower FICO score to look for alternative lending platforms such as peer-to-peer lending for loans. Second, the increasing smoothness of the FICO curve with time might be due to higher loan volume and Lending Club becoming more granular with borrower's FICO score since about 2010.
Loan StatusThe chart below shows the loan status with borrowers' FICO score range for all loans issued since 2007. As expected, there is a clear trend of greater percentage of loans with charged off, default, and late status for borrowers with lower FICO score. Similarly, fewer borrowers with lower FICO score are likely to fully pay their loans.
The chart below shows the loan status of charged off or default with borrowers' FICO score range for application year 2008 through 2011. The pattern of defaults with FICO range each year are very similar to aggregate results shown in the earlier chart. The default rate on loans issued to borrowers with FICO score of 670 and less can be considered exceptionally higher than what normally seen for other borrowers on Lending Club platform.
- There were no surprises in expectations of borrowers with lower FICO scores attracted to alternative lending platform such as Lending Club and higher defaults and late loans for borrowers with lower FICO scores.