Posts By: birchmerehedge

LendIt 2014: Why I Can’t Wait

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The dawn of the 2014 edition of the LendIt conference is upon us, and I’m like an eight-year old kid on Christmas Eve.  In a few short hours, the best and brightest in the world of crowd and internet-based finance will descend upon the Hilton in Union Square, and we’ll be off to the races.  […]

Peer-to-Peer Lending: Sprint or Marathon?

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Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts where I’m offering my thoughts as to the role of peer-to-peer (or “direct”) lending within the broader context of the investment landscape. I ran the Philadelphia Marathon last weekend – 26.2 miles of pounding pavement gave me lots of time to think about the fast-evolving […]

Peer-to-Peer Lending: Why You Won’t Lose Money

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Note: This is the third in a series of posts where I’m offering my thoughts as to the role of peer-to-peer (or “direct”) lending within the broader context of the investment landscape. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the role of peer-to-peer lending in an investment portfolio.  The conversation started around the advantages […]

Peer-to-Peer Lending: Follow Rule Number One

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Note: This is the second in a series of posts where I’m offering my thoughts as to the role of peer-to-peer (or “direct”) lending within the broader context of the investment landscape. If you’re reading this, you probably know that I am a major believer in peer-to-peer lending as a viable asset in the majority […]

Why Peer-to-Peer Lending Makes So Much Sense

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Note: This will be the first in a series of posts where I’ll offer my thoughts as to the role of peer-to-peer (or “direct”) lending within the broader context of the investment landscape. Much attention has been garnered in recent months by the evolution of peer-to-peer lending.  Mainstream press and major financial institutions are paying […]

Birchmere High Yield Fund Launches

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Good day, all.  Just a brief note to officially announce that Birchmere High Yield Fund LP has formally launched.  We’ve privately raised a seven-figure amount to get the fund off the ground, and should be able to start reporting performance figures to our private investors at the close of either September or October.  (Of course, […]

Consumer Defaults at Record Lows: Why Does that Matter?

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Data released recently by major indices and industry aggregators (S&P / Dow Jones and Experian) indicates that defaults on consumer credit continue to decrease across the country.  See the WSJ’s brief write-up on this data here. Clearly this bodes well for those who currently hold consumer credit in portfolio – it’s a relevant data point […]