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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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