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.
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…
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.
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.