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Peer-to-peer investing

Zopa review

By Michael Trudeau

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Zopa review

If you're thinking about saving or borrowing money through a peer-to-peer lending website, read our in-depth Zopa review.
  Zopa was the UK’s first peer-to-peer lending website. It offers investment products where money is lent to UK consumers looking for personal loans. Of its three product options, two are covered by a central compensation fund that aims to pay out to lenders whenever a borrower fails to make a repayment. This fund is limited, so it could run out if lots of borrowers fail to repay. However, in common with RateSetter, Zopa has a 100% track record of covering defaults so far.

Zopa peer-to-peer lender details

Lending terms

  • Minimum lend: £10
  • Maximum lend: No maximum
  • Lending term: Investors can choose from three investment products: Zopa Access, Classic, and Zopa Plus, which offer different levels of risk, access and return. The loans they invest in are for terms ranging from one to five years, but investors can withdraw money at any time (see below).
  • Can I withdraw funds early? Yes, but you will have to pay 1% of total amount withdrawn on most products, with the exception of Zopa Access, where there is no withdrawal fee.
  • Average rate of return for lenders: 2.9% (Zopa Access, before tax), 3.7% (Zopa Classic, before tax), or 6.1% (Zopa Plus, before tax). Rates checked 18 February 2017.

Borrowing terms

  • Minimum amount you can borrow: £1,000
  • Maximum amount you can borrow: £25,000
  • Borrowing term: One to five years
  • Can loans be paid off early? Yes, and without any penalty fees
Zopa peer-to-peer lending satisfaction
Feature Rating
Overall experience
Savings rates
Explanation of the risks
Default rates
Variety of products available
Ease of use of the website
Customer service
Clarity of information on the website
Online community
Table notes:
Star ratings out of five show levels of satisfaction for each category.

What Zopa's customers say about them?

‘Easy-to-use website, easy to withdraw and invest, and good email reminders.'

‘Straightforward, and better rates than a building society. I have no cause to mistrust the system.’

‘Good interest rate paid, but absence of FSCS coverage as on other savings remains a concern.’

Alternatives to peer-to-peer websites

If you're looking for a loan, it's worth checking out Which? Best Rate personal loans, too.

In almost all cases you'll want to build up cash savings (in Isas or savings accounts) before considering putting your money into a more risky investment such as peer-to-peer lending.

If you're looking for higher returns you might want to consider other investments.

  • Last updated: Mike Trudeau
  • Updated by: July 2016

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