November has been a good month, although after the maximum returns in October, things have returned to their course: 8.2% compared to 10.0% last month, for a total of 330,000 euros invested. The profitability of P2B Crowdlending platforms (8.4% vs. 5.4%) and P2P Crowdlending platforms (14.0% vs 13.7%), while the return rate of my investments in Real Estate Crowdfunding platforms (3.9% vs. 8.6%). This month, I’ve added the trendline of my monthly return rates, which confirms an upward trend ever since I started investing.
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Real Estate Crowdfunding
The main News of the month can be summarized as follows:
- Despite the decrease in passive income this month, I’m still second in the passive income “race” of several bloggers.
- I have moved up to second place in the list of top-20 P2P Portfolios in terms of volume invested. And I am first in terms of number of platforms (36!).
- The disappointment of this month is undoubtedly Mintos. The generalized drop in interest rates to 11.5% (maximum), together with the suspension of Metrokredit, IuteCredit and Monego in their countries of origin.
- The rest of the platforms have been in their usual numbers, not better nor worse, so it is difficult to highlight any positive surprise this month. Perhaps Wisefund, which has had the highest return rate this month (16.5%).
- I continue with my divestment on platforms that I’m not completely convinced about (Fellow Finance and Finbee) and on real estate platforms in Spain (Housers and Privalore). I have increased my positions only on my most recent platforms.
- The best platforms in terms of XIRR are 1) real estate: Bricks & People (now operating through the SociosInversores.com platform) and CrowdEstate; 2) P2B: Wisefund and Envestio; and 3) P2P: Finbee, Grupeer and Twino.
- The best monthly returns were 1) real estate: Bulkestate and CrowdEstate; 2) P2B: Kuetzal and Wisefund; and 3) P2P: Mintos, Twino and Viventor.
- To compare all platforms, see my Comparator.
- All interests are calculated before deducting taxes.
- For Mintos, I present the combined returns (all currencies, taking into account the exchange rate), as well as the return rate separately for each currency (without applying the exchange rate).
- The yellow shading shows that the returns will surely end up being lower because there are unpaid or delayed projects without a final decision.
- Figures in italics for platforms that are still too recent in my portfolio to give a realistic idea of the actual XIRR.
Delays and defaults
- In CrowdEstate the number of delayed projects continue to increase. There are already 12 (24%). Really worrying. Several are different sections of the same project (before I stopped investing in multiple tiers).
- In Flender figures slightly improve, although they remain negative, with 9.0% delays and 2.0% defaults.
- The situation in Estateguru remains with 6.8% of delays and 3.3% of defaults. On a positive note, Estateguru is showing to be quite effective when it comes to recovering them one by one: five are already recovered …
- The situation in Housers remains stable despite the stagnation of the real estate market in Spain.
- Linked Finance worsens slightly with 2.1% of delays and 2.2% of defaults.
- The delays and defaults of Finbee are within the expected, being a platform without Buyback. The case of Fellow Finance is much more worrying, given that the defaults are not compensated so far with the profitability of the active loans. Luckily I do not have too much invested.
- To compare all platforms, check my Comparator.
*Variation in the number of active projects from last month; I only include platforms without Buyback; Green if the parameters (delays and defaults) have improved compared to last month and red if they have worsened.
In Brickownersince all the investments are long-term and paid in full at the end of the project, my profitability remains at zero (since I started operating with the platform in May 2018). In April, I experienced the first two delays since I started investing.
In November, I invested in my sixth project: Great Hadden (2 years long).
One of the new platforms incorporated in August, Bricktarter is a Spanish platform that invests mostly in Andalusia, in properties for touristic rentals.
In October I invested in a new project (already six in my portfolio).
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In Bulkestate, being all investments long-term and paying in full at the end of the project, I saw no returns until December, when my first two projects ended. The return rates are excellent (always above 13%) and historically there are 0% defaults, so my strategy my strategy is to continue investing in each new project (unfortunately not that many).
As of today, I have invested in 45 projects, 23 of them already finalized.
You can read the technical sheet of Bulkestate here.
Up to now, in CrowdEstate, all projects were being paid on time. However, from all payments being up to date, the performance dropped to 9 delayed projects in August, 8 in October … and 12 in November! Some are different tiers of the same project (before I stopped investing in multiple tiers). Worrying, but we’ll have to wait to see how they evolve.
After the peak of October due to the finalization of several projects, the monthly return rate has returned to its usual values. A slight Cash Drag problem remains (15%).
The XIRR offered by CrowdEstate, considering only the returns on already reimbursed projects (44), is 13.87%.
My strategy is to continue investing in each new project, except those funded in several stages ( “Multiple rounds investing”), as I believe it goes against the principle of diversification. Basically it would mean investing several times on the same project.
In November, CrowdEstate announced its first project in Romania. The website is now also available in Romanian.
In November, CrowdEstate has incorporated some new features: Now, payments that have been late for 1-90 days appear in yellow, and 90+ days in red. Also, as of September 2019, CrowdEstate has selectively imposed temporary transaction restrictions on the secondary market to the investment opportunities.
As of October, CrowdEstate has 39,600 investors, 197 projects worth $ 80 million and an average return rate of 17.6%.
You can read the technical sheet of CrowdEstate here.
In EstateGuru, after September’s record return rate (15.6%), almost twice the platform’s XIRR, return rates are back to their usual values (7.5%). The negative news was the defaults, which have reached 3.3%, from just 1.4% in September.
Estateguru is still a tremendously active platform. I have already participated in 568 projects, of which 194 have already been completed.
My strategy is still to invest in each new project, except in those funded through several tiers (in which I only I invest in one, usually the first).
Estateguru published in August its 2018 annual report. To date, the volume of loans issued has been doubling every year, and EstateGuru has established itself in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Spain and Portugal, with more than 850 loans issued amounting to €133 million. EstateGuru has over 27 000 investors of varying profiles hailing from 106 countries. You can access the report here. here.
EVOEstate is still too recent to draw too many conclusions. I started investing in August. EVOEstate allows to invest in loans and capital projects from real estate companies across Europe, including many of those I already use: Brickstarter, Reinvest24, Inveslar, Bulkestate and Crowdestor. I plan to use it only to diversify on other platforms not already in my portfolio without having to open a new account: Nordstreet, Bergfurst, Urbanitae, Norbalta or Re-Lender. Of all the opportunities, there is a small section with those in which EVOEstate has invested its own funds (“skin in the game”), which are the most recommended. So far, the platform has offered projects in 10 countries (including in the United States), from 6 to 60 months and annual returns between 6 and 16%.
In the three four months, I have already invested in 26 projects – 5.2 loans per month that offers excellent possibilities to quickly diversify. Due to the nature of the platform, EVOEstate will still take a few months to start producing benefits (1% XIRR in November). Basically my strategy is to invest varying amounts in all projects except those of platforms where I am already registered in.
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The situation of Housers in terms of defaults and delays, has begun to improve. Most of the fixed-rate projects with defaults have agreed to new payment schedules that include late payment interests and several have already resumed monthly payments. Savings or investment projects that used to finalize even several months ahead of schedule are now systematically delayed. There are already 18. I attribute the situation to the cooling of the real estate market in Spain, especially in large cities such as Madrid, where Housers offers over half of its projects.
Besides, my Housers position is widely overrepresented (33% of all my investment crowd). So from August, I decided to change my strategy: reduce my investments to 100 euros per project, and sell progressively fractions of some projects (mainly fixed rate) in the secondary market to progressively to reduce my position.
In November, Housers launched its first green project: Sun Energy, a Fixed Rate opportunity that consists of the granting of a loan to a developer to finance the acquisition of 6 rights equivalent to 6 megawatts (Mw) for subsequent construction, operation and sale in Poland. This project will save 2,489 tons of petrol per year in CO2. It is a very interesting novelty, which fits perfectly with my intentions to invest more in ecological projects and / or sustainable development.
On the occasion of Black Friday, Housers offered a juicy promotion from November 19 to 30 of up to 3% extra return rate.
In May, Housers turned four years old. Housers finances projects in three countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Poland), has more than 106,000 registered users on the platform from 155 different countries. Investors have invested in the platform more than 83 million euros and the promoters have returned more than 28 million Euro between yields and returns of capital.
In Inveslar, most of the projects are 12 months or more in length, so the returns are mainly from rents. There are already 26 projects in which I have invested, 7 of them already completed. For a few months now, most of projects are also funded through EVOEstate.
Return rates in 2019 are fluctuating greatly as shown in the graph, once projects have started to finalize, becoming my Spanish real estate platform with better performance to date, ahead of Housers for first time.
On November 22, a collaboration agreement was signed between Inveslar Fintech and Invernova Trade. This union will finance real estate projects in the auction sector. Its main phases, from the initial analysis, through the bidding process, the judicial auction to the launch of the operation with its subsequent reform and commercialization, take place in a total average period of 14 months. Invernova Trade already drags three generations of professionals in this sector. Investing Fintech will remain true to its low-risk policy and will only invest in empty or unoccupied properties.
Privaloreoffers only investment opportunities (rehabilitation), which translates into very unreliable returns. The platform hasn’t commercialized any new project since February, so I suspect that they have stopped their crowdfunding activities and will focus on other financing modalities. So the only thing left is to wait for the refund of my last three active investments (all delayed for more than a year) and say goodbye to Privalore.
Reinvest24 is a real estate crowdfunding platform, whose projects generate benefits for both rent and capital gains when selling (none yet).
It is too early to judge (I began investing in May 2019). Generally satisfied, although I managed to invest in just 4 projects, which are financed very slowly (2-3 months). To accelerate the process, the most recent projects are also funded through EVOEstate. Some of the more recent projects generate profits from the time of investment before the project is fully funded. Nor is there a large supply of new projects, although the platform has already financed 9 projects in its short history with estimated return rates that range between 11 and 15%. Another downside is the 2% commission charged by investing, meaning I currently have negative returns (-3.8%).
In October, Reinvest24 successfully completed a project obtaining an 18.76% return: 12 rental payments, which generated a yield of 5.65%, plus a capital gain of 13.11% (Kreutzwaldi 3).
In Crowdestorafter 8 months, I have invested in 42 projects, with returns between 10.0 and 20.7% and periods of 2 to 24 months. Projects are financed quite quickly, between a few hours and a week. Payments are punctual. I’m very satisfied. In fact, I regret not having started investing before. The only downside is perhaps that its growing popularity results in projects being financed in a few hours sometimes, which together with the lack of Autoinvest makes it easy to miss them if you are not very attentive. Luckily, several of the projects are funded in multiple tiers, so there are often second chances to invest.
In November, my first project has finalized (a couple of months ahead of time).
Envestio remains the platform with better rate of return (16.9%!), together with an amazing punctuality when it comes to payments – not a single delay yet. Please note that many of the new opportunities that are being offered are actually new funding tiers of the same project (up to thirteen tiers), so by investing in them, we are not really diversifying.
In recent months, the platform offers 2-3 new projects every month. With the returns offered and Buyback (!), I intend to increase my position (hoping that the offer will increase).
In November, Envestio announced that starting on 2 December, Eduard Ritsmann, an experienced sales person with over 20 years track record in international sales and project leadership, is joining Envestio team as the new COO and Development Director.
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Flender confirmed in October my first two defaults (2.0%), which caused for the first time negative monthly returns (-15%). I’ll have to wait (probably) quite a few months before knowing how they resolve. Flender has started legal activities to recover them (estimated at a 35% probability). At least, in November, one of the delayed projects has been resolved (9.0%).
The monthly returns, until the October breakdown, ranged from 7 to 10%, with some peaks for really generous specific promotions. The XIRR of Flender has also been affected: if the the second highest P2B platforms 14.9% only behind Envestio, it has dropped to 12.4%, which remains excellent.
In Kuetzal, since April, I have invested in 16 projects, with returns between 14 and 21% and periods of 12 to 36 months (mostly 12 and 24). Some take a little longer to finance, but for now payments are timely and monthly returns are clearly on the rise. For now I am very satisfied with the platform. My intention is to continue investing in each new project.
In November, for the first time since I use Kuetzal, the platform has not offered any new projects (although there is already one already announced for December 10).
In November, Kuetzal informed the investors in Marina Code SP company (loan no #0010) that they found out negative information on the company’s current business activity, namely lack of communication and reporting, unprofessional approach, and bad expertise with current partners. Even though all the payments by the company were made on time, all the mentioned points forced Kuetzal to stop cooperation with Marina Code SP. Kuetzal has taken a decision to return invested funds from the company and return the invested funds to Kuetzal investors. Despite the negative news, I believe this is a good sign of Kuetzal’s transparency and proactive approach.
Also in November, Kuetzal has announced a new CEO: Maksims Reutovs.
The Irish platform is the most active by far of all P2B platforms I use. At least it was until August. With the summer, the number of new projects fell radically (only seven in August). In September and October the situation improved (15 new projects each month), and 20 in November, getting already closer to the 28 per month that the platform averages since I started using it. Return rates are really regular, around 8%.
Linked Finance is one of my favorite platforms. 13 defaults (of 592 projects) and 11 delays. My intention is to continue investing in all new projects.
In November, Linked Financed announced they’re introducing new 5-year loans to the platform (7.95% to 17.5%). If interested, you should set up your AutoInvest features.
Figures in November: € 120 million and 2,049 loans; 1.28% defaults; 23,600 users; Average size of loans in the last 6 months: EUR 80,736. More here.
You can read the technical sheet of the platform here.
Monethera was one of the August additions to my portfolio. It is a platform similar to Envestio, Kuetzal and Crowdestor in terms of performance and profitability. Their projects focus in four core areas: Real Estate, Business Growing, Organic Farming & Green Energy, Logistics and Technologies. Projects offer very attractive returns (18-21%) and 3-12 months long. The platform will buy back your projects with a 5% penalty.
I’ve have managed to invest in all but the first (14 in total). For now, projects are funded in a couple of weeks and payments are timely. My intention is to continue investing in each new project.
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The only problem of October to date are the 8 projects in the process of judicial recovery (4.1% of the total), on top of one delayed project. Monthly returns continue to vary greatly from month to month depending on when the delays and defaults are computed, and the returns are only marginally positive (0.15%). On a positive note, to clarify that, unlike other platforms, October provisions 100% of the amount (since the judicial recovery processes take a long time and the result is unknown). Provisions are potential losses and over time some or all of the amount due may be recovered. The rest of the platforms do not consider such losses until the judicial recovery process ends.
The Euro amount of each project tends to be quite high, so, despite the absence of AutoInvest, there is more time to invest.
TFG Crowd is the latest addition to my portfolio (in early September). It is a platform similar to Envestio, Kuetzal, Monethera, Wisefuld and Crowdestor in terms of performance and profitability. TFG Crowd has been involved in commercial financing since 2015, but the crowd-lending platform is still very young: 2019. In this short period, they have already financed 19 projects with very attractive returns (8-19%, almost all with 17% returns) , 6-24 months, and very informative descriptions of the projects. And they offer Buyback guarantee!
I have invested already in 8 projects. Payments are punctual and I have already reached already an excellent 15.2% XIRR. My intention is to continue investing in each new project.
Trine is one of the latest additions to my portfolio (August). It’s probably one of the most original and exciting platform to invest in. It allows people to invest in solar energy in growing markets, i.e. the developing world. This allows you to earn a profit while making social and environmental impact. Trine partners with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which, to my eyes, adds much credibility to their proposal. Indeed, Trine, through its partnership with UNDP contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7- affordable and clean energy, and improve the quality of life in rural communities. Read more here.
Basically, you choose a loan to invest in, or set up Monthly Investments. Each loan is a bit different in terms of impact, location, size and risk. You decide how much to invest from €25 minimum. When the loan is fully funded, your money is transfered to the borrower, i.e. solar partners, who sell and distribute solar products to their customers. If the solar partner succeeds to repay the loan you’ll get back your investment with interest. You can expect repayments approximately every three months. A big plus is that some loans are partly covered by Investment Protection in case it fails (provided by SIDA). So far, Trine has funded projects in 14 countries.
So far, I’ve invested in 7 projects in Guatemala, Kenya and Nigeria, with interests up to 8% (or even higher when you invest over 1000 EUR). While the interests are not that high compare to other platforms, at least for me, that’s compensated by far by the good feeling of investing your money in a good cause, while reducing my carbon footprint. In my case, my footprint will be 20.3 Tons of CO2 once the projects get operative!
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I started investing in Wisefund in August. It is a platform similar to Envestio, Kuetzal and Crowdestor in terms of performance and profitability. It started operating in 2019 in Estonia. They offer projects with very attractive returns (17.3-19.7%), some in more than one tier, 4-10 months in duration … and Buyback! The platform will repurchase its projects with a penalty.
I have already invested in 10 projects (no new project during November). Payments are punctual. My intention is to continue investing in each new project.
In November, Wisefund was in the process new deposit details, but there’s been a delay, meaning that also new projects are not advertized. However, from the platform they inform this should be fixed soon. In the meantime, they have announced a number of new features:
- Loan details will show Project name instead of loan company, that were confusing users before
- Account statement (any chosen date) download is available now, under ‘My account’
- Fixed bug with payment schedule, now it will show the correct payment schedule when there is more than one investment in a loan.
- Notifications and requests will now not only be sent in email but also will pop up in your Wisefund profile.
- Now you can disable interest payment emails in your profile.
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In October, I started investing in Bondora. It has taken me several years to decide it, but in the end I decided to try the most senior of P2P platforms. It is possibly one of the most controversial platforms, with vehement detractors and defenders. I understand that by investing time in analyzing the platform’s numbers, you can achieve really attractive returns, above 20%. For now, I’m going to focus on Go & Grow. I think it is a very attractive option to obtain a fixed return of 6.76% and absolute liquidity. My idea is to use Go & Grow for the part of my funds that I want to have quickly available for contingencies or investment opportunities.
For the moment, my XIRR is 11.5% thanks still to the promotion when opening the account.
In November, Bondora has launched a beta version of an app for Go & Grow. For the moment, the beta version of the app will only be the overview screen: the added, gained, total balance figures, and your progress tracker. But in the near future, Bondora will include the add and withdraw money functionality. In 2020, the app will contain all the functionality available on the desktop site and more.
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In October, I started investing in Bondster, a P2P platform established in 2017 and based in Prague, Czech Republic. Bondster connects retail investors looking for alternative investments and microfinance institutions searching for flexible funding through an online marketplace. Bondster is the first marketplace of its kind in the Czech Republic that cooperates with microfinance institutions from all over the world. It has over 7,000 investors and 15 loan originators. The average annual return for investors has recently increased and amounted to 12,5 % on Euro short term investments and 8,5 % on Czech investments (most of them being secured by real estate). Bondster offers various diversification possibilities. You can invest into loans of different maturity, country of origin, type of loan, size and collateral. You can also benefit from a user-friendly AutoInvest tool with various filters and diversification settings. Majority of loans are offered with a buyback guarantee that will be activated in case the borrower is past-due with the scheduled repayment for 30 or 60 days (you will also earn interest during this period). Bondster is the first platform to introduce the so called Smart Reserve that is a great option for those who want to invest for a short period of time with a possibility to exit from the investment any time and for free without a necessity of selling loan in the secondary market.
In November I have already reached a XIRR of 10.9%, despite I increased my position by 150%. In addition, I was really lucke that on November 21, Bondster announced new Stikcredit loans with a juicy 14% right the day after my transfer of new funds. Bondster calculates that I will get a XIRR of around 13.6%.
In November, Bondster announced that Singapurian provider Right Choice Finance has recently joined the platform. The company was established in 2016 and since then has issued over 1000 loans. It focuses on unsecured and secured business and personal loans. Right Choice Finance loans will have an interest rate from 10,5 up to 14 % p.a.
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Dofinance may not be the platform with the highest profitability, but it represents the maximum of simplicity to operate. Once the objective profitability and the term have been chosen, there is nothing left to do other than wait for the interests to arrive. In addition, monthly returns have followed an upward trend that started in January and, since October, they exceed 11% (11.2% XIRR).
Dofinance in numbers: In June, there were 3,900 registered clients, 40% of German investors, followed by Spain (22%), Italy (11%) and the Netherlands (10%). The average investment amount was 2,695 euros and an average period of 6.8 months investment, with a 9% automatic investment as the most popular investment program.
Fast Invest is one of my favorite platforms. Despite since February there are no 15% loans anymore, the returns keep an amazing regularity, although in slight decline.
In November, Fast Invest announced that they are extending the loan originator list: The Danish company eCommerce 2020 will offer short-term EUR loans to private individuals in Iceland with up to 11% interest rate and secured by a 7-day BuyBack.
You can read Fast Invest’s technical sheet here.
Very disappointing results for the moment. Interest rates are really attractive (up to 55%!), but without Buyback, so I’ve been a bit more cautious investing than with other platforms. As of today, the many defaults do not compensate for the higher returns offered, leaving me at the end with negative returns, at least for now. As to my strategyas they offer no Buyback, I have invested only in loans with interest rates above 48% and always the minimal amount, which in the case of Fellow Finance is quite high (25 EUR). I must say that there are other less risky loans, which surely would have resulted in a better performance than my (so far) failed investment strategy. It is a complex platform, and customer service is not particularly good, so I have many doubts about how it works.
Since May, I no longer invest in new loans with the idea of decreasing my position and eventually leave Fellow Finance. Since July, I’ve started withdrawing funds. I will still have to wait until the beginning of 2022 to completely empty my account.
You can read the Fellow Finance fact sheet here.
Although the yields obtained with FinBee are so far excellent (a XIRR of 15.9% selecting only loans above 18%), being a platform without Buyback, I am still awaiting how the platform will evolve medium-long term once the (many) defaults stabilize. Delayed (0-90 days) and defaulted (>90 days) loans account for 18.2% and 15.1% of my portfolio, respectively.
The recovery rates of loans in arrears are 56.15% as of 2016 and 40.21% as of 2017. The collection process has not ended, so these indicators should continue to improve in the future. However, for investments after March 2019, FinBee announced that it will compensate 30% of the loans in arrears. Doing a quick calculation, this implies that profitability, once the defaults begin to realize, will be reduced considerably below what’s currently offered by platforms with Buyback (7-8%?), So since June, I have stopped reinvesting profits and started to withdraw them from the platform.
You can read Finbee’s technical sheet here.
Grupeeris one of my favorite platforms, with return rates always between 13 and 15%, although loans’ average interest has decreased and we no longer see loans at 14 or 15%.
In November, Grupeer announced that ”Monify JSC” will terminate their Loan offering with immediate effect.
To clarify that I invest mainly manually, both in the primary and secondary markets. Partly because it seems to me that the AutoInvest tool doesn’t work too well… I don’t use Invest & Access either.
When presenting my results, Mintos is more complicated since I invest in six different currencies (in September I started to invest in Mexican pesos – MXN). The graph shows in red the combined results of the platform (converting each currency to EUR according to the exchange rate of each month). This means that monthly returns are very susceptible to fluctuations in exchange rates.
The maximum interest rate offered by loans in EUR have fallen dramatically since August. Compared to the 15-16% offered since April by about ten originators, the maximum returns fare now around 11.5-12%.
The interests offered by loans in Tenges (KAZ) and rubles (RUB) fluctuate a bit between 16 and 20%. They are usually always available both in the primary and secondary markets.
Loans in Georgian lari (GEL) are in short supply lately in both primary and secondary markets, but 2-3 times a month a few new ones appear, bringing the problem of Cash Drag is not important. On the other hand, there have been no loans in sterling pounds (GBP) since September, so Cash Drag begins to be a problem (alredy over 10% and increasing).
The best IRR (at the moment) are my investments in Kazakh tenges, Georgian laris and Russian rubles (17.1%-18.7%).
In November, Metrokredit, a loan originator that joined Mintos in July 2018, temporarily stopped issuance of new loans to borrowers. According to the statement of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation issued on 6 November 2019, Metrokredit has been excluded from the State Register of the Microfinance Organizations of the Russian Federation. As a result, Metrokredit’s Mintos Rating will be downgraded for now from B- to C, as the company has a limited competitive position and will not issue new loans. The new rating will be effective on the Mintos marketplace from 12 November 2019 until further notice. Mintos assured that Metrokredit will continue serving existing loans, and investors will continue receiving repayments and interest, but there was some panic and loans have been sold in the secondary market with up to 10% discount. I sold mine at 0.5% disccount. Better safe than sorry. In any case, looks like they’re being repaid punctually and Mintos issued a statement on 15 November that Metrokredit loans performing according to schedule (here).
And exactly one month after Metrokredit, according to an announcement from the Central Bank of Kosovo from 6 December, the licenses for IuteCredit and Monego have been revoked. Mintos has suspended loand in both the primary and secondary markets
In November, Mintos became the only double award winner of the AltFi Awards 2019. Mintos was named the Alternative Finance Platform of The Year 2019 and received the People’s Choice Award for the fourth year in a row at the AltFi Awards 2019.
Mogo has issued corporate bonds, available on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company will use part of the bond’s proceeds to refinance some of the loans funded through Mintos Marketplace. From 15 November 2019, over the following two weeks Mogo is considering to repurchase up to EUR 25 million of loans (both performing and non-performing).
Also in November, Mintos published the statistics for the period between 1 January 2019 and 31 October 2019 (here).
In November, Sun Finance has taken the decision to unify all of its loan originators, previously listed separately on Mintos, under one group brand. As of November loan originator brands Bino, Kuki.pl, Simbo, Tengo, and Dineria will be unified under the Sun Finance Group brand, amounting to a total of around EUR 48 million in loans currently listed on the Mintos marketplace. The five loan originators will no longer be listed separately on Mintos with their previously known brand names. Please note that Auto Invest settings will be updated automatically – if the investor had set a strategy that involved, for example, Bino (Latvia) and Simbo (Denmark) loans, now the strategy will show Sun Finance and the respective countries where loans were issued (Latvia and Denmark).
In November, I became a Mintos BETA tester. I will have the chance to see, test, and comment on the newest products through interactive usability tests.
New originators in November:
- Wowwo offers car Euro loans issued in Turkey with an expected net annual return of 10-11% with Buyback guarantee. Skin in the game of 10%; and a Mintos Rating of B-.
- Dinerito offers personal loans in EUR in Mexico of up to 11% and Buyback guarantee. Dinerito Audaz was established in 2011. The company grants loans to public sector officials through payroll discount payment mechanisms. It has a Mintos Rating of B- and a Skin in the game of 10%.
- Nexus offers loans to small and medium businesses in Russian with net annual returns of up to 15% (RUB loans) and 8% (EUR loans), Buyback guarantee, Skin in the game of 10% and a Mintos Rating of B.
New originators in October:
- ExpressCredit has launched a new country on Mintos – Namibia. Express Credit Cash Advance (PTY) LTD was established in 2016 and is licensed and regulated by the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA). At present, the company has 7 branches in the major cities of Namibia. Characteristics: Personal loans listed in EUR; Loans range from EUR 150 to 1300 with a maturity of 5 months; Net annual returns of up to 12%; Buyback guarantee; Mintos Rating C+.
In October, Mintos announced that they are downgrading the risk ratings for two loan originators on Mintos: Aasa Poland (from A- to B+) and Rapido (from B- to C). Rapido was suspended only a couple of days later from the Mintos Primary and Secondary Markets (read more here).
In October, Mintos published a report on the secondary market that you can access here.
In October, Mintos announced that they will introduce in the coming months the Pending payment description – a payment status functionality that will provide investors with clarity over the status of borrowers’ payments in the funnel from loan originators to the Mintos marketplace. Besides enhancing the transparency, this functionality should also provide a more detailed status of each borrower’s payment.
Mintos has reached 3,780 million euros in investments to become the largest market for investments in loans in Europe, has reached 204,000 investors, and has distributed 67 million in interest to investors (October 2018).
I’m not very satisfied with NEO Finance as anyone can deduct from the graph. After some really positive beginnings, the high number of defaulted loans has ended up causing negative returns in the last six months, and the XIRR since September is still marginally negative (-0.14%).
My investment strategy has been so far to invest only in loans from the primary market above 17% (and up to 27%) and without a provision fund. Too many late loans (36%) that end up defaulting (after 90 days) and from which only a variable part that is usually around 30-50% is recovered depending on the yield of the loan. The last weeks of June I stopped reinvesting the benefits. And since July, I have decided to try a new strategy using the provision fund (which is basically like paying for Buyback). This provision fund must be paid in advance, when making the investment, which means starting with losses.
Besides, since October, I have stopped using the repurchase option for unpaid loans after 90 days and rely on the recovery procedure of NEO Finance. According to its statistics, after 24 months, the lender will recover 53.6% and 73.8% after 33 months (statistics on slide 11 of the report). So, in theory, with some patience, it should work better than the 90-day buyback option. Looks like I won’t be able to let you know if it works better as a strategy until two years time.
In October, my loans with a provision fund increased to 20% (17% in September). Return rates are clearly starting to recover. When registering with this LINK, you will get 25 EUR when opening an account.
Without offering spectacular returns, Peerberry compensates it with an amazing regularity, minimum follow-up needed and zero Cash DragI intend to keep my position as long as everything stays like this.
In October, Peerberry launched a new feature: a live chat from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., both through the website and Facebook. They also updated all the originator information here.
And since November, the platform is also available in Spanish.
Peerberry in figures: In October, Peerberry achieved a loan volume of 15.8 million and exceeded 15,300 investors from 64 countries who can invest in loans from 18 originators in 8 countries. Most loans are less than 40 days long.
You can read Peerberry’s technical sheet here.
Return rates have increased since April with the payment of interest on longer-term loans (180-365 days), which are charged at the end, so the XIRR does not reflect the real performance of the platform (which should be 12.0% in my case).
Robocash had overcome its problems with Cash Drag from last summer and maintained a relative regularity. However, October was a strange month. On the one hand, Cash Drag problems of up to 10% started again. In addition, the payment of several long-term loans (bullet) caused a peak of 30%, the highest monthly return by far since using Robocash. In November, return rates are back to their usual values (9.7%).
In November, Robocash reached the milestone of $ 500 million issued loans.
You can read Robocash’ technical sheet here.
In Swaper, New problems have emerged Drag Cash hovering around 10%.
New investors who sign up by using my Affiliate LINK will get a Swaper Loyalty Bonus (+2%) on all investments made during the first three months. This means that instead of a 12%, investors will earn 14%! The bonus will be activated after the first successful payment. If the account value drops under 5k after three months, the bonus will be revoked.
It’s been 3 years since the launching of Swaper Swaper in figures (October): Total Cumulative Lending Volume = 88,041,000 €; Number of Active Investors = 3,014.
You can read Swaper’s technical sheet here.
I began to invest somewhat reluctantly in November 2018, in view of the negative comments about Cash Drag and low yields. One year later, Twino It has become one of my most profitable platforms (14.1%), thanks in part to positive fluctuations in my investments in rubles.
In November, Twino announced that, after analyzing their BuyBack Guarantee, they will adjust it by changing the day of buyback from 31 days past due to 61 days. The decision was made based on the increase in debt collection efficiency after 31 days, as a result of improved internal debt collection processes. Twino will still pay interest to investors for each of the delay days. The new adjustments of the BuyBack Guarantee will take place starting from 13 November.
In November, Twino informed of the establishment of a Group Council, as well as changes in Board of Directors. The Council is the highest decision-making body in Twino Group and has the ultimate responsibility for setting company’s strategy, business objectives and risk management framework.
Also in November, Twino published its Consolidated Financial Statement for year 2018 (here). The audited financial results for 2018 show Group’s consolidated net profit nearing €9 million, the best in history: Revenue: €90.5 million; Equity: €15.5 million; Cash and cash equivalents: €8.1 million; Strong liquidity ratio of 1.26; Operational cash-flow positive, which indicates that Twino is generating positive cash-flow to maintain and grow its operations.
In October, Twino announced changes in the investment structure for the Russian loan originators. Now you can invest in loans issued by TWINO (instead of TWINO FINANCE as until now) to Russian loan originator that gives you the exposure to the end borrower’s loan. The changes are introduced to further optimize the product profitability. The new user agreement is also into effect to better define our Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) best practices.
Twino’s latest figures: 1) Loans financed in September: € 16,015,183; 2) Average interest on September loans: 10.47%; 3) Loans financed at all times: € 564,777,000; 4) XIRR to date: 10.50%; and 5) Number of investors (as of October 1): 18,736.
Unlike other platforms, Viainvest withhold taxes. I present tax-free results to facilitate comparison.
You can read the Viainvest technical sheet here.
In November, Viventor provided an update on the situation of loans issued by Aforti Factor S.A. and Aforti Finance S.A. regarding the repayment of loans, including the buyback guarantees, which were put on hold from the 6th of August. On August 12th, ViVentor negotiated and signed Settlement Agreements, which contain a daily payment schedule designed to ease up the cash flows of the companies and make it easier for them to repay their outstanding debt at that time. Both agreements expired on 13 September. By then, Aforti Factor S.A has managed to pay all of their outstanding debt and Aforti Finance S.A. settled their debt on 5 November. However, new debt has been growing for both companies ever since Viventor is planning once again to meet with the management of Aforti Finance S.A. and Aforti Factor S.A. to continue to work out the details and find solutions to resume transferring borrower repayments to us for distribution among investors. My investments in both originators accounts for 11.7% of my investments in Viventor.
Whiskey Invest Direct
WhiskyInvestDirectis a very innovative platform that allows to invest in Scotch whiskey in the process of maturation. I started investing in March and I made two contributions with which I invested in thirteen different whiskeys. So far I’m quite happy with it, with a 6.8% XIRR.
Register with thisLINK and you will receive 1 liter of pure alcohol (1 LPA) and 2 pounds (GBP).
Still really satisfied with Indexa. My portfolio is at the fifth level of risk (of 10) and 2019 has been a great year.
They have just announced that they have become the first profitable automated manager in Europe (and perhaps the world) and will lower the management fee from 0.45% to 0.43% for fund accounts from 10 to 100 thousand euros from from 01/01/2020. In addition, Vanguard, the manager of most of the funds included in Indexa’s portfolios, has again lowered the commissions of its funds. The average cost of Indexa portfolio funds falls -0.04% (from 0.19% on average to 0.15%), which is equivalent to 85 thousand euros of annual savings for Indexa customers.
Finally, Indexa continues to grow exponentially. They already manage more than 270 million EUR invested from almost 12 thousand customers.
You’ll get € 10,000 free of management fees for 1 year by contributing more than € 1,000 to the fund portfolio or more than € 50 to the pension or EPSV account when registering with thisLINK.
Also, I use N26 and Revolut for my bank transfers. These two online banks do not charge fees for transfers, charge minimum fees for payments in foreign currency, and allow you to open an account within minutes.
Evolution of my positions
As for the evolution of my positions since January 2018 depending on the type of investment, they’ve remained more or less constant until August, when I sold my most important investment fund for the purchase of an apartment.
And the evolution of my income from crowd investments (thanks to Eelis, the Wealthy Finn!) compared to other bloggers (second this month!):