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Meet Zopa’s latest writer – Chris Torney

Hello and welcome to my first post. From this week, we are going to use the blog to cover a wider range of topics, from economic trends and money management to new developments in technology and the sharing economy.

Why are we doing this?

Well, for a start we’d like to share our take on what’s happening in the worlds of finance, technology and social media. We also want you to be kept informed and, we hope, entertained. And finally, we would like to have more of a conversation with our customers, to discuss the issues that concern not just Zopa as a business, but also you as lenders, borrowers and consumers.

Over the coming weeks, for example, we’ll consider the impact of this years’ Autumn Statement, and look at predictions for the sharing economy in 2015: who will be the next Airbnb, Uber or – even – Zopa?

We’ll examine whether low interest rates are now a permanent feature of our economy, as well as how to make the most of next year’s new pension freedoms.

Zopa has been around for nearly a decade now, and in that time both the banking sector and the sharing economy have changed beyond recognition.

Clearly, though, both areas are still in a state of flux: this blog is an opportunity for us to keep track of what’s going on and how any new developments are likely to affect you, our customers.

Finally, I’d like to say a few words about myself. I have been a national newspaper journalist for the past 15 years, largely specialising in personal finance and business and was most recently the Money Editor at the Daily Express.

I’ve seen Zopa grow from a good idea in 2005 to the successful business it is today, and I’ve written about it on many occasions. Like many of the world’s leading technology firms, Zopa came up with a ground-breaking solution to a common problem and has implemented it effectively. I’m excited to be part of the team and you can follow me on twitter via @christorney or feel free to leave me a comment below.