There are typically just one or two things that separate successful customers from the not-so-successful customers. One of those things is the ability to remove oneself from the stress and fear caused by potentially life-altering financial decisions.
Alas, you cannot oversimplify financial fearlessness. For example, having no fear and being reckless are two entirely different things. Reckless behavior will cause bad decisions, but fearlessness will help you make good ones.
It’s not enough simply to be fearless, however. In order for you to feel safe and fearless about your decisions, the P2P marketplace platform you’re using should also offer your decisions and transactions at least a modicum of protection. That way, if something goes awry, you can always depend on the P2P marketplace platform to help resolve the issue. Thankfully, modern P2P marketplace platforms do just that – make sure their customers feel safe.
- User verification
- Terms and conditions
- Customer service/interaction
There is a multitude of ways in which a P2P marketplace platform can protect its users. One of the main ones are proper cybersecurity – whether for your data or any of your transactions – and strict user verification. Another one is having thorough and comprehensible terms and conditions in place. To that, add decent customer service, and you’re bound for success.
All of these security features help towards the greater good – making sure the marketplace customers and their funds/goods are always under protection.
The dreaded ‘claim’
Some of the previously mentioned safety measures are specifically intended to prevent or mitigate the risks of defaults and disputes. Measures like user verification analysis of loan originators’ financial data are excellent risk assessment tools. But even though these measures are well-thought-out, sometimes they’re unable to prevent a default and a subsequent dispute from happening. What then?
Well, fear not – because most P2P marketplace platforms have specific measures in place for these things, too. We’ll briefly go over some of the most popular ones:
- Servicing claims
Claim servicing plays a vital role in managing and protecting user interests within the P2P marketplace platform’s ecosystem. These platforms always aim to establish robust mechanisms that monitor and manage all transactions exclusively within their lifecycle, with claims holding a significant role. A robust claim servicing mechanism not only protects users’ interests but also helps create a conducive environment for continued engagement and financial success within the P2P marketplace platform.
- Buyback Obligations
Most P2P marketplace platforms ensure that their loan originators offer buyback obligations towards customers, promising to repurchase the defaulted or delayed claims. Having this measure in place ensures that users get their money back, even if their counterparts are unable to make payments. Buyback obligations have a profound impact on user safety and confidence but can cause strain on loan originators (meeting these obligations can be financially burdensome for the loan originators because they have to repurchase loans, impacting their own resources), thus have to be carefully assessed as a measure in P2P marketplace platforms.
- Secondary Markets
The secondary markets offered by most P2P marketplace platforms allow users to sell their claims to other users before the claim term expires. This measure provides the user with an exit option should they wish to liquidate their active claims quickly. This additional liquidity serves as a tool to mitigate potential risks and manage user portfolios more effectively.
Effective Dispute Resolution
Naturally, sometimes even the most eloquent measures are unable to prevent disputes. Thus, in the event of disputes, an effective and impartial dispute resolution process is essential. P2P marketplace platforms should establish clear guidelines for handling user complaints and grievances. An in-house or independent mediation service can help deal with these situations fairly and quickly, once again raising confidence in users that their concerns will be addressed accordingly.
Ensuring user protection is one of the cornerstones of the sustainable growth and success of P2P marketplace platforms. By implementing comprehensive risk assessments, promoting diversification, ensuring transparency, and providing effective claim servicing, P2P marketplace platforms can manage claims and protect the interests of their users. The buyback obligations and secondary markets further improve user confidence. An efficient and/or impartial dispute resolution mechanism adds another coat of protection, giving users the assurance that their concerns will be handled fairly. Ultimately, these measures help foster a safe and reliable environment for P2P marketplace platform’s users, which in turn encourages financial inclusivity in the modern economy.