September @ Savings4Freedom

Savings4Freedom September 2019 Portfolio Update

Apologies for the late publication, but I took some of the time I dedicate to Savings4Freedom to enjoy time with my family and friends. I’m sure you understand.

September was a very busy month for Savings4Freedom! The learning process since I started my investment portfolio is guiding me towards changing my platform choices. I will share with you all about my decisions on this update.

By now, in case you follow the blog, you already know that I decided to set up a group of P2P lending investment principles. They have been crucial in supporting my decisions. Have you found yours? Let me know!

Please let me know your thoughts on this subject. Do you agree with these principles? I welcome any ideas that can help me improve this list.

Why I’m avoiding Short Term Loans?

Over the past few months, I have been reducing my P2P lending investments on MintosViventor, and Robocash. Some of you contacted me to learn the reason behind my decision to act in this manner, especially when recently I added Mintos among the P2P lending platforms I would select if I started my crowdinvesting portfolio all over again.

Why I'm reducing my consumer P2P lending on Mintos Robocash and Viventor @ Savings4Freedom

The best way to provide a clear answer is to share with you my reflections on the topic. You can read the article by clicking the figure above.

But, without any further due, let’s check Savings4Freedom returns!

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Why I'm reducing my consumer P2P lending on Mintos Robocash and Viventor @ Savings4Freedom

Why I’m reducing my P2P lending investments on Mintos, Viventor & Robocash?

Over the past few months, I have been reducing my P2P lending investments on Mintos, Viventor, and Robocash. Some of you contacted me to learn the reason behind my decision to act in this manner, especially when recently I added Mintos among the P2P lending platforms I would select if I started my crowdinvesting portfolio all over again.

The best way to provide a clear answer is to share with you my reflections on the topic.

Investment Rationale: BuyBack Guarantee, Maturity & Type of Loans

One of the elements that I value when investing in P2P lending opportunities is the additional sense of security provided by the buyback guarantee associated with my investments on Mintos, Viventor, and Robocash.

The second element that I considered when evaluating Mintos, Viventor, and Robocash was the opportunity to loan my savings for a very short maturity term: 30 days to 3 months. This allowed me to plan my investments considering the repayment dates to prepare my next decisions.

The last element is the type of loan available, based on the two previous conditions being met on Mintos, Viventor, and Robocash. Typically, when we decide to follow this investment strategy, we are lending our savings to finance microloans, invoice financing loans, personal consumer loans, or short term loans. Typically 30-day deals.

Problems I faced with short term loans?

Now, I just need to explain the investment results that trigger my action:

  • Are the loans being paid on time?
  • When the buyback guarantee is triggered?
  • Does the penalization interest fee pay for the opportunity cost of not investing my savings on loans with longer maturity?
  • Are interest rates aligned with the opportunity cost?

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GRUPEER: 1 Year as Investor

Grupeer @ Savings4Freedom

On August 2019 I realized that I’m investing for 12 months on Grupeer. Being one of my Top 10 P2P CrowdInvesting platforms, I felt this to be the right moment to share my experience and explain why investing in Grupeer offers a consistent source of fixed returns to my portfolio.

Grupeer Platform Quick Review

Grupeer is one of the most stable players in the P2P lending business ecosystem. You can invest in real estate projects and business loans and earn around 13% per year in interest. The minimum investment required is €10 and all loans in Grupeer have a buyback guarantee in case of borrower’s payments is delayed for more than 60 days (if the lender can’t pay, the loan originator company repurchases the debt). 

Available to the public since February 2017, Grupeer works on a business model similar to Mintos: they are a marketplace where loan originators offer their pre-funded loans to investors like me. By doing this, they have more money available to fund new loans so they can leverage their businesses. Making a checkbox on my investment principles, Grupeer only fails one: early exit. I know they are working to have a secondary market available, but until then it is important you know that you cannot cancel or sell your investments once you commit to them.

Nothing wrong with that if you as an investor follow a strategy that does not require quick liquidity on your investment assets. In my particular case, Grupeer is the only platform present on my Top choices that do not provide early exit and even so is among my favorites. It is a great way to invest your money in medium-term loans in a totally automated manner. It could be an ideal starting point for a new P2P lending investor, but it’s all about what works for you!

A key aspect when considering investing in Grupeer is the recurrent cashback campaigns offered from time to time. They can have a significant impact on your portfolio returns if used wisely.

Creating a Grupeer investor account is very straight forward and it’s very easy to invest. The website is very simple and easy to navigate, invest and manage your portfolio. The auto-invest tool makes investing at Grupeer truly passive. 

During the first year, Grupeer provided me with €598.83 in interest for a total investment of €4.043,72. A return of ~13% in 12 months.

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Type of Loans @ Savings4Freedom

Type of Loans Available

Real Estate | Business
Interest Rate @ Savings4Freedom

Average Interest Rate 

~13%
Buyback guarantee @ Savings4Freedom

Buyback / Secured Loans

Yes
Early Exit @ Savings4Freedom

Early Exit / Secondary Market

No (under development)
Autoinvest Feature @ Savings4Freedom

Auto Invest Feature

Yes
Control over loans @ Savings4Freedom

Control over Loans Invested

Yes, you choose
Money Drag @ Savings4Freedom

Money Drag

No
Hidden Fees @ Savings4Freedom

Hidden Fees

No
Loan Duration @ Savings4Freedom

Loan Duration

3 to 36 months
Report Quality @ Savings4Freedom

Reporting Tool

High Quality
User Experience @ Savings4Freedom

User Experience

High Quality
Sign up bonus @ Savings4Freedom

Sign-up Bonus

In case you employ my referral link to invest in Grupeer you earn 1.25% on all investments over the first 6 months in cashback
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Overall Evaluation

8/10

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August 2019 @ Savings4Freedom

Savings4Freedom August 2019 Portfolio Update

August was a crazy month for Savings4Freedom! Everything happened so fast that almost feels like I was writing the July portfolio update yesterday.

The speed of the P2P lending industry is incredible. The amount of information required to access, process and decide over in order to take informed actions grows faster than my capacity to deal with it.

Based on this reality, I decided to set up a group of P2P lending investment principles that will make much easier for me to take action in the future.

My P2P Lending Investment Principles

If I was starting all over again today, I would follow in a religious manner my P2P Lending Investment Principles:

  1. Buyback Guarantee: Only invest in P2P loans that provide Buyback Guarantee (for security reasons);
  2. Minimum Return: Only invest in P2P loans that offer an interest rate above 12% per year (the ROI and Yield need to justify the risk);
  3. Early Exit: The majority of my investments should have available some type of early exit from the P2P loan position (through buyback or secondary market, for liquidity reasons);
  4. Cashback and Bonus Offers: I want to maximize cashback and bonus opportunities to leverage my P2P lending returns (at the end of every platform month overview, I share the cashback and bonus opportunities available in case you use my referral links, that I really appreciate if you do to support this blog).
  5. Diversification: I want to distribute my funds across different types of loans, geographic locations, maturity and mainly P2P platforms (diversity is king).

Please let me know your thoughts on this subject. Do you agree with these principles? I welcome any ideas that can help me improve this list.

How I Would Invest 10K in P2P Lending if I was Starting Today @ Savings4Freedom

I recently published one of the articles that more fun offered me writing it. I was challenged by some Savings4Freedom readers to reflect on what I did wrong and how I would do things differently if I started from scratch investing in P2P lending. It was a really important exercise for me in order to conscientiously realize the progress I have done until now. But the best part was realizing in a positive way that I’m really looking forward to experiencing what the future will bring in my path towards financial freedom.

You can read the article by clicking the figure above.

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How I Would Invest 10K in P2P Lending if I was Starting Today @ Savings4Freedom

How I Would Invest 10.000€ in P2P Lending if I was Starting Today?

Over the past week, I received a significant number of messages with questions on how to start investing in P2P lending. During the preparation of my replies, I realized that the best way to share my experience and opinion was imagining that I was starting all over again today…

Rules for the Exercise: Amount, Maturity & Moment in History

Let’s define for the purpose of this exercise a budget of 10.000€ for P2P lending investments. Let’s consider a timeline for deploying my investments of 12 months and take into consideration my current knowledge within the European P2P lending industry in August 2019.

Key Questions to Answer

Now, I just need to answer the following questions:

  • Which steps would I follow to invest 10.000€ in P2P lending?
  • Which P2P crowdlending platforms would I choose for my investments today?
  • How would I spread my 10.000€ among my selected P2P platforms?
  • What strategy within a 12 months timeframe would I follow to maximize earnings with the least time effort from my part?
  • And why I took each of these decisions…

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iban Wallet @ Savings4Freedom

IBAN WALL: First Impressions & Review

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iban Wallet is a fintech startup that follows an asset-backed loan investment model similar to Robocash: black box loan investing. This means that you don’t know the loans that are receiving your investment, you are only able to select the investment tier and duration.

You can invest and earn your interest daily from 2.5% up to 6% per year, being able to deposit and withdraw money daily. The minimum deposit and investment amount required is €1.

Funded in July 2016 in the UK, the company received funding through multiple crowdfunding campaigns that financed the development of the iban Wallet App, launch in March 2019 and the business development to recruiting investors in Europe (mainly from the UK and Spain) and borrowers globally.

iban Accounts do not fall under any government-backed deposit protection schemes (such as the FSCS in the UK) and all investment done is at risk. iban Wallet is not a savings account.

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July @ Savings4Freedom

Savings4Freedom July 2019 Portfolio Update

With a small delay, here is our Savings4Freedom monthly update!

I’m really happy with the way my P2P investments are evolving this year. By choosing to invest in P2P lending, every single day I’m confronted with the need to learn new aspects of the industry and improve my processes for efficiency and security.

As I described in my previous update, I’m continuing to shift funds between P2P platforms to diversify and increase my average portfolio interest rate results. In July, I opened accounts in Monethera (very good experience so far) and iban Wallet (a nice complement to my P2P portfolio for money liquidity reasons). You can check my first impressions on both platforms later on this publication.

I also want to share that from now on, I’m sharing with the community my Financial Literacy Video Library to FIRE (financial independence and retiring early). I love to learn and I want to share some of the best videos I found with you.

Loan Originator Issues: Aforti

P2P platforms such as Viventor and Mintos shared this week that one of their Loan Originators (Aforti). One of the risks of investing in P2P lending is the loan originator. You can check the Risks section on this dedicated page to learn more about other aspects to consider before investing.

But, without any further due, let’s see the numbers!

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MONETHERA: First Impressions & Review

Monethera @ Savings4Freedom

Monethera is the most recent player to join the P2P business lending ecosystem. You can invest in real estate projects, business loans, green energy, logistics or technology companies and earn up to 22% per year in interest. The minimum deposit is €100 and the minimum investment required is €1.

Available to the public since June 5th, 2019 Monethera presented a fresh website, but to my surprise, initially almost all texts were an exact copy of Envestio website information.

Nothing wrong in following the example of other platforms well-liked among the community. After what I imagine was a lot of angry messages from the community complaining about this fact, the Monethera team quickly updated texts and the information available. I must highlight the capacity to listen that the Monethera team showed since the very first email exchange. It seems that they are available to listen and to implement changes based on actual feedback.

Monethera Platform Quick Review

Monethera offers among the best interest rates in the business with buyback guarantee. If you sign up and invest through my referral link, you will get €5 and 0.5% cashback from all investments you make within the first 90 days. Since I started investing at Monethera in July 2019 I was impressed with the platform, projects, and returns. It is hard to believe that there is a possibility to invest in projects with higher than 20% annual returns and offering a buyback guarantee.

Creating a Monethera investor account only took a few minutes. Registration is extremely simple and the platform is very easy to navigate. Since the number of investors is still growing there is no need to keep money drag. The projects are kept open for a significant period of time, but you receive interest since the moment you invest.

Analysis TopicPersonal Take
Type of Loans @ Savings4Freedom

Type of Loans Available

Real Estate | Business
Interest Rate @ Savings4Freedom

Average Interest Rate

~19%
Buyback guarantee @ Savings4Freedom

Buyback / Secured Loans

Yes
Early Exit @ Savings4Freedom

Early Exit / Secondary Market

Yes (5% fee)
Autoinvest Feature @ Savings4Freedom

Auto Invest Feature

Not available yet
Control over loans @ Savings4Freedom

Control over Loans Invested

Yes, you choose
Money Drag @ Savings4Freedom

Money Drag

No
Hidden Fees @ Savings4Freedom

Hidden Fees

No (5% fee for early exits)
Loan Duration @ Savings4Freedom

Loan Duration

3 months to 1 year
Report Quality @ Savings4Freedom

Reporting Tool

High Quality
User Experience @ Savings4Freedom

User Experience

High Quality
Sign up bonus @ Savings4Freedom

Sign-up Bonus

If you sign up and invest through my referral link, you will get €5 and a 0,5% cashback from all investments you make within the first 90 days
Evaluation @ Savings4Freedom

Overall Evaluation

9/10


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June 2019 @ Savings4Freedom

Savings4Freedom June 2019 Portfolio Update

And now is the time for a monthly update!

After the amazing P2P Conference in Riga last month, I revisited my entire investment strategy towards financial freedom. One of the most relevant lessons was to balance correctly the effort and investments made into P2P crowdlending platforms on my overall investment portfolio.

Below I will show how that will reflect for the future.

Savings4Freedom in Portuguese

I’m also very excited to publish the blog in Portuguese! I’m looking forward to your comments and suggestions on how the contents can be improved and how I can share better information in the future.

Understanding P2P Crowdlending

Based on messages from people asking questions about P2P Crowdlending, I decided to create a dedicated page that will be continuously improved based on the best available industry information. The initial information source for it was a White Paper published by Grupeer in the fall of 2018.

P2P Lending Platforms Comparison

I really need to thank all the feedback received over the last month regarding the P2P Lending Platforms comparison. I read all your messages and decided to simplify the way the information is shared. I hope that now it could be easier for you to check the best P2P platforms to invest. Let me know what you think!

N26, Revolut and Transferwise

In order to simplify my investment strategy, I decided to create dedicated accounts to manage my P2P investments. Now I follow the 3 buckets account approach:

  • One bank account for my daily expenses: Revolut;
  • One for my savings and emergency funds: National Traditional Bank;
  • And I just opened an N26 account to manage my P2P Investments.

This approach, combined with the use of Transferwise when I need to exchange currencies is simplifying my life and increasing my visibility over all transactions.

But, without any further due, let’s see the numbers!

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P2P Conference @ Savings4Freedom

Conference Report: Summary of the P2P Riga’19 Conference

On Friday the 7th of June, over 240 people among P2P platform representatives, P2P investors, and bloggers came together in Riga for the 1st edition of the European P2P Conference. This P2P Conference was certainly a memorable one! Taking place at the wonderfully unique RISEBA Architecture and Media Center H2O 6, this event brought together people from 24 nations representing the entire community to display just what makes P2P crowdlending so unique – its diversity, its cross-sectoral nature, and its collaborative spirit.

The event, hosting interesting keynote speakers, an array of informative presentations, and topped off with a fun evening and second-day entirely dedicated to networking opportunities.

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Portfolio Update: May 2019

5 - May - Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry Hi Savings4Freedom friends! May was a consolidation month, looking to better understand how to manage my P2P investments and maximize their potential. I’m especially proud for finally being able to present you with a dedicated page where I compare the multiple P2P lending platforms I have accounts on. 10 - Evaluation

Compare P2P Lending Platforms

Since the number is growing in a significant way, there is a need to quickly compare and share my honest opinion. Please feel free to offer your input on the comments box or contact me directly. P2P_Conference_Riga2019 I’m really happy to travel this week to Riga to join and meet other P2P crowdfunding enthusiasts for the first European conference. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn, meet with platform representatives and open a direct dialogue with other investors. But, without any further due, let’s see the numbers!

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P2P Conference Riga’19

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The European P2P investment community is gathering in Riga next June 7-8 to discuss the future of the industry.
You can join the conference buying your ticket here: https://bit.ly/2UtHuUZ
 
This is a great opportunity to learn and meet with leading platforms, investors and experts!
 
#S4F #Savings4Freedom #P2P #Peer2Peer #Investments #Riga

 

Portfolio Update: April 2019

Hi Savings4Freedom friends!

February was a specially painful month for me. The loss of a very important family member is always a defining moment in everyones life… apologies for not publishing last months report. I updated all information on the blog over time, but not a post… thank you for understanding.

Live goes on and here is the April 2019 S4F report.

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Investing in Crowdlending: some important notes…

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Hi Savings4Freedom friends!

Some quick notes before you start investing in crowdlending platforms…

When you research a new crowdlending platform, it is not only important to look after the expected return and platform usability… There’s quite a few other, more relevant details to evaluate before investing:

  • How old is the platform?
  • Who is the management team?
  • How do their financial reports look?
  • Is it a single- or multi-loan originator platform? How many loan originators do they have?
  • Do they offer buyback guarantee on your loans?
  • What is the minimum investment in loans?
  • Which loan types do they offer?
  • Do they have autoinvest functionality?
  • Do they accept investors from your country?

For each of the platforms I present on S4F you will find a review in their info pages, based on my experience. It is a mix description based on credibility, size, functionality and support as criteria for the review. I also try to read what is the word on the street from other investors in the personal finance ecosystem.

Please feel free to contact me over email [email protected] and share your opinion, comments or suggestions on the topic above.

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Portfolio Update: December 2018

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Hello Savings4Freedom friends!

For the first time I’m sharing my monthly update.

I will try to offer you these updates on the 1st day of every month. The idea is to provide you with a transparent manner to check my monthly returns and the cumulative results of my investments.

Over the next month I will work to improve the blog layout and structure. I welcome any suggestions you may have to enhance how the information is presented. If you are here for the first time, please check out the other pages on the blog and let me know your opinion. Thank you for your support!

Without further due, let’s check the results.

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Telling my story towards financial freedom…

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I’m Carlos, a 33 years old PhD, and startup founder. I live in Portugal with my wife. I always had the mental drive to save money, but never with financial independence in mind. Only at the beginning of 2018, I decided to structure my efforts towards freedom. This blog tells you all about my path, decisions, and mistakes.

I face strong limitations regarding my financial freedom, however, I don’t have any doubt that I will be able to achieve this personal goal of becoming financially free. Anyone can reach financial independence. It’s all about the way you wish to live and the costs necessary to sustain such a living standard.

I learn to save money with my Father. He was a hardworking and honorable man, entirely committed to supporting his family. I saw his effort to support my studies and his energy to provide me the opportunity to fly high without financial concerns. My Father is my hero.

There are many different ways to achieve financial independence, but you always will need to follow these:

  1. Keep a simple lifestyle.
  2. Maximize your income streams.
  3. Save and invest wisely.

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