WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investors in marketplace loans, where borrowers and funders are matched in online platforms, need to have adequate information about borrowers' abilities to repay the debts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair said on Monday.

SEC Chair Mary Jo White also said the top securities regulator is evaluating how and when distributed ledger systems such as blockchain will be "onboarded" in equity markets, as well as the appropriate disclosures automated investment advisory programs should make to clients.

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar said the SEC's regional offices could function as centers where start-ups in financial technology can receive guidance on regulation.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert)