Bondster new (overnight accountish) loan product and tuned autoinvest

I mentioned Bondster already sometimes on this blog and it has its reasons: 1) The platform is innovative and offers new products 2) Behind Bondster there are seasoned loan originators, which is very important to me 3) Regional diversification, as the marketplace operates out of Czech Republic. This means even if there is a new regulation in the Baltics concerning p2p investments, it does not matter. Just think about it, what happens if p2p is forbidden in the Baltics. Worst case, I know, but in my opionin this shows exactly why diversification is good sometimes.

13% loans of a Kazakh pawn shop: Tezlombard

Tezlombard offers a kind of pawn shop loans on Bondster. Most of the loans are backed by physical gold or jewellery, but the ltv is quite high. The loans are perpetual, theoretically can run for years and only serve interest. As an investor you get a cancellation window of 3 to 4 days per every 30 days, in which you can get out of the loan. Without any costs incurring, you just need to know when to do it. If you miss the opportunity, the next window will be there in 30 days latest. So not a real overnight money account like with Bondora, but for this you get the doubled yield. On the negative side you are less liquide and the risks are higher. As I already said the loans yield 13 percent and can get bought backed after 60 days in delay for not serving interest installements. In this case you get your capital plus all accrued interest.

Autoinvest got updated and enhanced

The autoinvest feature was enhanced with some more settings. I, for my part, run with the old settings. But a very cool feature added are the Diversification settings. Once activated these try to balance the investments with all selected loan originators. This is really helpful in my opinion. I am testing this feature currently, as I want to know what happens if there are no loans of one originator. Stays this share in cash? Hopefully, and for sure not. There are some questions popping up 😉

Bondster Autoinvest, really nice new features

At the end / Cashback

Bondster really gets better and better. My delayed loans quota is in line with other marketplaces and is different depending on the originator. Of course my observation period is a bit too short to draw conclusions, but this is about to change. Curently I am really happy with the platform. It seems the marketplace is an insider’s tip, but also this is about to change, I am sure. Bondster can be easily compared with the Baltics peers.

New investors still get 1% Cashback for the first 3 months. If you want to participate in it, you need to put 4985 in to the promocode field at registration. Here you go to the registry. You will get the cashback directly credited on to your Bondster account on every fith of the month. But this happens only after you already are invested for at least 30 days. So the first credit might take a bit longer

Promocode with Bondster for one percent cashback for three months

Bondster: Update, no more fees, up to 13.5% interest and autoinvest

As you might know I joined Bondster during Q4 2018, actually a bit early for an update. The recent changes made me do one. There are lots of good news for investors which I want to share. Furthermore some Investors seem to have problems configuring the autoinvest. I had that trouble as well when I began using the marketplace. Let us start with the good news for investors:

No more fees on Euro Investments

Until Wednesday investments in Euro have been charged by an annual fee of one percent, so lowered the interest received. This fee began charging once the first three months were over. Since Thursday this fee is gone (but new investors still get 1% cashback, details at the end of this post), which already impacts our yields in a positive way. The fee is still applied on the Czech Krona investments. The second nice point for us is:

Loans with up to 13.5% interest rate and buyback

Bondster has proven themselves by adding new loan originators, matching their risk criteria. This must be a very tough due dilligence review, as Bondster promises to step in, should a loan originator default. This week Lime from Poland was added and already offers a huge number of loans. Furthermore Bulgarias Stikcredit offered 13.5% on a smaller lot of loans. If you like the ore conservative approach, there are more loans from originators which haven been in business for years now. Oh, by the way, Stik and Lime offer short term loans of up to one month.

Late and Penalty fees

A recently changed fact is, that if a loan is past due date, investors still get compensated for the overdue period. There is just a little difference with how much. If in the loan details there is written “no penalty fee” it means, that the loan interest just runs at the same rate. If a loan is yielding at 13.5 percent, this rate is appied until buyback kicks in. If in the details there is written “penalty fees yes”, the interest accrues until the due date as it is written and then afterwards the penalty fee applies. I guess it is at least the same as the interest or more, otherwise this distinction would not make any sense. I hope this explanation was clear.

Autoinvest feature – sometimes less is better

Yes, the autoinvestor played games with me as well, lol. I had several people reaching out to me about it. Therefor I decided to share some info about it. First, I really think Bondster wanted to create a sophisticated autoinvest tool for us, hence we got a lot of parameters to set. And there seems to be the problem, some settings might not work together or we simply do not understand how to set it right. In experience it is enough to select the originator (or leave it empty to select all), the minimal interest rate, maximal duration and include buyback (currently obsolete, but I want it future proof). Below you can see my settings:

My Bondster Autoinvest settings

Once you clicked save, you see the overview of your autoinvestor, and there is a really helpful detail: Found loans shows you how many loans match your criteria. My settings result in 292 loans. With this number, you can see if your settings are ok or not.

Conclusion

Beforementionned changes really make Bondster more attractive in my opinion. Short term loans with 13.5 percent yield, plus overdue covered, this is really competitive. Further I like the regional diversification with a platform outside the Baltics.

New investors get 1% Cashback on their investments, if you register (follow link) and put this number, 4985, in the promo code field. This is valid for the first three months after registry. Cashback is directly credited on your investment account on the 5th of every month, for the investments of the past month.

Crowdestor: Plenty of new projects and introduction of a buyback fund

A little more then one year ago Crowdestor has started its services and begins to thrive right now. The first ever financed project was paid back some days ago (others already repaid before) and there are three investible loans on the platform right now. Afourth will be online for funding on Wednesday morning, more on that at the end. First i was a bit sceptical about the marketplace or to put it better, the first project. With some time past now, I am more confident about them then a year ago. For sure the projects are of higher risk, but you get compensated by very attractive interest payments (like Kuetzal or Envestio . Interest starts to accrue from day one, which of course an advantage. I am convinced that at some point at least one loan gets delayed or worse. To counter that a bit, I guess the buyback guarantee fund was founded.

Buyback Guarantee Fund

On March 1st Crowdestor announced that they had launched their buyback guarantee fund and initially funded it with 50k Euro. Further there will go one to two percent of each projects fee into the fund. Such a mechanism we already know from Lendy, formerly Saving Stream. They believe the fund will be worth about 100k by years end. Achievable if the funding of loans reaches 2.5 to 5 Millions of Euro. Seems to be quiet a bit, but given the rate at which new projects are going live and funded, I believe it is doable. I just question how much 100k will help when compared to a 500k project. It might be enough, as mostly loans default down the road not at the beginning and if there are securities in place. Let us hope we won’t have to find out ;). Last but not least the funds rules are not clear to me. I hope the marketplace will soon define them clearly. n

New Project on Wednesday at 19 percent

Wednesday morning a new project will go live for 520k Euro at 19 percent yield and very short duration of 9 months only.. My gut tells me this one will be funded quickly. I do not have more information on this project currently. It looks like a real estate project in Riga. Follow me to Crowdestor.

Newest Crowdestor Project in Riga

Bondster – Czech P2P with Buyback (and Cashback)

Some weeks ago I already announced Bondster and now it is time to take a closer look. Czech private equity company CEP Invest owns Bondster. Further there is a strategic partnership with the loan originator ACEMA, which I know from Mintos. ACEMA is a heavywheight in the Czech nonbanking loan market with only a little short of 20 years of experience in this market. I guess these are solid preconditions. 

Sign up, Cashback and Fees

On Bondster retail and company lenders can invest money, if they have got a banking account withing the European Union (plus Norway and Switzerland). You can sign up  with this link. If you add these four digits 4985 to the Promocode field on the bottom of the form you get 1 percent cashback for the first three months  (same for me). The cashback is calculated on your average investment during the first three months. The funds will be credited on your investor account after 30,60, and 90 days. Further there are no fees for the first three months. Afterwards the marketplace charges 1 percent annualy on your invested funds. The fees are directly subtracted from your received interests. So basically you can test the platform for three months free of charge and get an extra cashback.

Currencies and types of loans

CZK (Czech Krona) and Euro are available for investments at the moment. With CZK there is sort of an instant access savings account (like Bondora Go und Grow), which yields 3.9 percent annualy. I doubt this is very interesting for Euro investors, but I wanted to mention it anyway.. Additionally there are loans which are secured with property, but only seldom they are on the marketplace. The biggest part of the loans are Guaranteed Liquidity (GL) and Buyback (BB). Both of these types come with a buyback guarantee on principal and accrued interest, after 60 days. The GL loans provide a possibility to exit before maturity, but this comes with a cost of 1 percent of the principal amount. As most loans are annuities with monthly installements, the effect of the fee reduces with increasing duration of the loan. The buyback loans do not provide this early termination option, but yield much better ( currently 12%) and come with a duration of a few months. I can forgo the liquidity feature because of the buyback and the relatively short duration. Minimal investment per loan is 10 Euro.

Autoinvest

Bondster offers an autoinvest feature, which seems to be a little complicated on first sight. This has to do with the many options you can set. Therefor I made my first investments manually, which took some time as I had to confirm every investment . In my next Bondster post I will explain the mechanism in detail.

Conclusion

I find Bondster interesting as it presents a regional alternative to the Baltics.  Another positive point is that ACEMAis on board, which I already know from MIntos. As always with these types of loans the quality of the loan originater is key. There are some unknown originators on the marketplace. I will try to gather more information on them and share my thoughts in the coming weeks. By the way, the website is also available in English.

Questions? Post them here.

 

 

Peerberry: 8 months on board, it runs smoothly (mostly)

Somewhat surprisingly last in November Aventus Group launched their own p2p marketplace Peerberry. Surprisingly because I did not expect more p2p marketplaces launching in Latvia as long as the regulatory environment is not fully binding. I really liked the platform from the beginning, as it already offered an autoinvest function and everything else looked nice. I guess this is the time for an update.

What happened during the last months?

Peerberry was further developped and some new external Loan Originators were added. Aventus therefor chases the path to become an open platform like Mintos or Viventor. Not like Viainvest, which uses its marketplace only for their funding needs. The financials of the loan originators added to Peerberry look reasonable, although most of them are relatively young.

The loan offering was also extended to more countries. Danish loans were ment to be sold at 11 percent but the investors luckily did not buy them at this rate. I guess 12 percent is the red line for lots of investors 😉 It is a good thing that it did not work out with lower rates, because the platform would go even lower with the next batch. Lower rates are ok with me, but not with unsecured payday loans. Real Estate deals like Estateguru is no problem for me to be below 12 percent. I guess the executives have now learnt their lessons, as the newest loan originator pays 13 percent from start.

You can see below an increase in monthly lending volume. Currently we are over 11 million lent so far. End of May there were 1354 investors which received about 55k Euro interest. This is a really good result for such a young platform.

Autoinvest and my yield

Just a hint about the autoinvest before I will talk a bit about my yield. The autoinvest seems to run only once a day, mostly by the end of the day. I notice that my funds are invested slightly before the day change. This is nice as my funds are then reinvested without cash drag. There were some days where my funds still needed a day or two to get invested, but this was due to the high loan demand.

My yield is shown as 12.43 percent in my dashboard. I cannot reproduce this figure, as I calculate my yields with the XIRR function. With XIRR I get below, but this has also to do with the XIRR function which is comparable only after 1 full year.I estimate my yield will be above 12 percent after one year.

During the next months we should see more development of the marketplace and welcome some more new loan originators. Follow me to Peerberry.

Grupeer now offers autoinvest plus some stats

Finally the autoinvest feature arrived at Grupeer. About 3 weeks ago this feature was introduced on the platform. Due to the low number of loans plus the great availability I think the autoinvest is nice to have at the moment, but it still makes my life easier to invest. I can spare me the log ins after I got a repayment or interest received information. Following I will show you my settings I use with my autoinvest. You can see it on the below picture (by the way, you find the ai in the invest menu in your account):

Unfortunately we have to set a minimum and maximum with the interest rate. I tried to set it from 14 percent to open end, but this does not work. Same thing with the loan duration. Plus you need to set an expiry date for the ai, again this field cannot be empty. There is room for improvement, especially with this point. For what do we need an expiry date for an autoinvest function? Ok, we can work around that by selecting a date in the far futur. Basically the ai is a smooth and intuitive solution, expect for the points I mentionned. Below the settings you will find a guide for the ai, if you need one. The ai kicks in within 5 minutes after you activated it. It just invested in one loan in my case. Really nice of my ai to choose the loan with the highest available interest rate, matching my settings. This is really great. It could have just invested in a loan with 14 percent and would still be between my parameters. It seems there is a rule in the background which tells the ai to pick the highest interest rate first, which lies in the settings. Unfortunately it was a project without cashback, well, we cannot have everything 😉

At the overview of the ai on the right hand side you see the button named “old”. If you push this button, your ai invests again in projects which you already have in your portfolio. If you press it again, it does it again 😉 This helps if there are only few loans available and you still want to invest all your funds. You do not need to change your criteria in the ai, and can still invest all your funds.

Stats: a clear uptrend

During its first year after inception Grupeer funded about 2 milions of euro. Right now we are over 5 millions, this means during the last 3 months about 3 million were funded. And the trend continues, as they increased the volume of new loans significantly. The marketing department sent me below chart:

We can really see an increase in new investors and funds invested. Really interesting that in April and May the Spaniards financed more then half of the total investments. Spaniards can be found in the top investors on other platforms as well, but never like in this case. Sure, the chart only shows two months and not the whole picture, but still impressing in my opinion. Spain seems to be very open to crowdfunding and crowdlending. I can see that as well, as I got a lot of traffic coming from Spain. I believe they are reading it in English or use google translate. Let’s hope that the marketplace can grow further and we do not have to deal with defaults. Follow me to Grupeer registration.

An update of my Iuvo strategy

Some 3.5 months ago I wrote about my new strategy with Iuvo. I think now is the time to make a first check and see if it was worth. I am aware that it is still early to evaluate, but the figures for now look promising. My yield used to be between 10 and 11 percent with prior to my change of strategy. Now I slowly approach a XIRR of 12 percent and hopefully more.

Loanbook

Really nice at Iuvo is that the primary and secondary market data is exportable and if you like analyze it in Excel for example. It is always good to have data to make some conclusions, but for me this data is too less detailed, especially in comparison to Bondora or Finbee.
Anyway, I was able to draw a picture for me out of the data. As you know, investors do not get any interest if the borrower does not pay. The loan originator “only” covers the capital, not the interest when a buyback occurs. We could argue if this is fair or not. In the end the investors decides if he wants to invest under this conditions or not. Even if this system looks inferior to other buyback schemes, it has its benefits. The loan originator is more stable in case of big defaults which need to be covered. Anyway, we have to accept the circumstances at Iuvo.

A figure of interest for me is in this case how many loans go into buyback without paying a single installement. In my portfolio I get 14.2 percent of these loans. As I only invest in loans with 14.9 interest rates in Euro and with weekly or bi-weekly installements. Taking this into account I compute a yield of 12.81% ((0.149 x (1-0.142)). This is just a snapshot. If I compare this to the loans on the primary market, with the same parameters, I get a yield of 11.95%. The defaults amount to 19.8% there. Now the question comes up, why is my non payer rate lower? There is only one reason: I am just pretty good 😉 Of course this is just nonsense, as I let the autoinvest do the work, so it is more hazardous. Or it is because of the snapshot. If many loans are bought back a day earlier to the snapshot, my current loan number is actually increased. Of course it could have also a statistical reason: I have less loans then the primary market, so I may be an outlier. I conclude out of my data (which I will monitor now monthly), that a yield of 11 to 13% is achievable with my settings. On top of the mentionned yields there are sometimes late fees, which improve the yield a bit.

Conclusion

The achievable yield with Iuvo lays in the middle of p2p marketplaces with buyback. I needed a long time to get acustomed to the fact that there are no interest payments out of the buyback. The longer I think now about this, the weirder it becomes to actually get interest out of buyback. What do you think about that? I am aware that other platforms handle this differently, which is not bad at all. We just have to deal with the cirumstances. In the end it is of course possible to achieve yields below 10 percent, if you are out of luck. Let’s hope this does not happen to us 😉 Just one side note for closure: the shown yield in your account is just the average yield of all your holdings in your portfolio. It has nothing to do with your actual yield.

Saving the best till last: Cashback offer up to 90 Euro

New investors can join Iuvo and benefit from a cashback promotion: 30 Euro Cashback (equals 3%) with EUR 1’000 invested, or 90 Euro cashback if investment is at least 2’500 Euro (equals 3.6% Cashback). After you invested the first thousand, you have 60 days to increase your ivnestment by 1.5k to 2.5k Euro total, to get additinal 60 Euros (or you just keep your 30 Euros already received). If you want to take advantage of this offer, drop me a message via contact form. I have to preregister you myself at Iuvo in the background with your email, after that you can register your account. As soon as I preregistered you, I will notify you quickly by email. To be clear: I get the same bonus by referring you, so you support my blog if you join through me. This is absolutely free for you.

Fastinvest: A post with mixed feelings

Fastinvest got my attention nearly a year ago due to this German thread. Back then the marketplace did not seem very interesting as the yields used to be much lower then today. Further, apparently there were people which clearly promoted the platform by impersonating as investors. You can see that in the mentionned thread. The postal adress was and still is in a building were virtual offices can be rented. The people behind Fastinvest are all from Lithunia and I guess they are working from there. Moreover the marketplace is under observation from Polish financial market authority.

Some weeks ago I was directly contacted by the platform’s marketing staff, as they wanted me to review their marketplace. I told them about my concerns by mentionning the above points. They told me they did not know anything about the fake users, which was the truth, as the guy in contact joined Fastinvest only recently.

Why do I now publish a post?

I really wrangled and am still wrangling, if I should write about them or not. Some days ago I had a conversation with a frequent reader of this blog, who is an investor at Fastinvest for nearly a year now. According to him everything is running smootly with the platform. After posting my German post I received an email from another legit investor who confirmed what the other guy told me. Lastly the marketplace was introduced by an affiliate provider who runs the schemes for Mintos and other p2p platforms. Bevore they let new marketplaces on their platform, they check the company and the people. Mostly the representatives have already been met in person. This gave me confidence. In the end it just might be that I am too prejudiced, but still I am not completely convinced. Therefor I remind interested investors to be careful and do not invest huge amounts to start. I got in with a few hundreds of Euro.

Registration

It is easy to register and pretty fast. Just click register and you will see below overview. It seems as Fastinvest is also developing a crypto exchange und you can participate in their ICO. This is another point which I do not like. Anyway, for p2p loans, just take the middle option.

After typing in your data you need to chose an account currency. Available are USD, GBP, PLN and Euro. Watch out, the currency setting cannot be changed by you. I chose USD, as I liked the opportunity to invest in Dollars. But there are no USD Loans at the moment as it seems. So I will go with Euro, which I sent there. By the way, they offer an fx exchange facility, with no fees… but with huge spreads I guess 😉

Buyback and yields up to 16%…

But only in Zloty 😉 Euro loans are up to 15% with a duration of 6 months. All loans are equipped with a buyback guarantee (reminder: a guarantee is only as good as the party which gives it). The loans can be sold back to the marketplace on a daily basis, but in this case you will lose all the interest. The buyback will be activated the day after maturity, so no waiting period of 30 to 60 days as we know it from other platforms. So we have an idea about the cash flows we will receive. From the loan side the platform looks promising.

Autoinvest und Portfolio

There is already an autoinvest feature or you can chose to invest in existing investment profiles. Investment profiles are already preset and you just need to activate it and are good to go.

Conclusion

I have to admit that I like the marketplace from a technical point of view and I am really happy with its features. It looks clean and smooth. There are a lot of features which other platforms don’t have. This is really positive. The odd gutt feeling didn’t disappear though. I cannot ignore the points I stated at the beginning. I wil run my testinvestment and will update my experiences in the coming weeks. Maybe I will know more about the employees by then. Follow me to Fastinvest.

If you have already some experience with Fastinvest, please leave a comment below.

Grupeer accelerates the supply

It has been now over a year withGrupeer, since I found the marketplace. On February 17th 2017 I started my first investments on Grupeer. I really do like the marketplace, even if there are some shortcomings (read more below), although I have placed them in to the Top 3 of my Top 10 ranking.

Loan supply increases drastically

During the last weeks, there were always more loans coming to the primary market. Further the supply of Russian loans increased and should now be at about 200k per month. At the moment there are over 300k available on the primary market, all loans have 14 or 15 percent interest, some offer 1 percent cashback additional. You get the cashback paid out on your account, just after you invested. The loans have a duration of up to 12 months, some are only 4 months.

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The Russian loans are originated by two Russian companies where Grupeer holds the majority, they want to have the control over these companies so that they can intervene and monitor. There are no property projects at the moment, and I don’t have any information when a new one will be added. The first property project (Hotel Dominik) was repaid in time.

What’s missing

Still no secondary market available, although it was announced on the platform’s start. Ok, the loans are not long term, so we do not really need a secondary market. But I think a platform should have this feature, it is standard in my opionion. I cannot give you any indication when we will get a secondary market, but we will get one 😉

As it seems all loans have been repaid early or on due date (we ignore the few cases where it was one to two days too late due to weekends). There comes the question to my mind: How can this be? I have no clue and did not receive a satisfactory answer to date. I will stick with it and inform, when I know more.

Latvians are excluded

Coincidentally I discovered that Latvians, better put: people who live in Latvia, are excluded from the platform. I was really surprised to hear that, as Grupeer is incorporated in Latvia. There is an easy explanation though. In Latvia it is forbidden to sell debt to private investors. I have written an article about regulation in Latvia here, and this is the reason why Mintos had to restructure their loan contracts. It seems that Grupeer just took the easier path and excluded the Latvians, as it seems there are not many of them investing on Grupeer.

Conclusion

As I already said I really like the Grupeer, but it seems to be still unknown to the majority of investors. There were only financed loans of about 1.5 Million Euros, which plays in one league with Robocash I would say. It would have been more, but the supply was not there during the first months. I will post a follow up when I know more about the non existing delays.. Follow me to Grupeer.

Insolvency of an UK platform, news and cashbacks

Today there is no new platform in focus, only some news and hints at cashback schemes.

Collateral in administration

This week it happened, Collateral was unreachable. The marketplace seems to be insolvent (?) and is put under administration. It seems like the FCA declined to give a definitve licence for operations to Collateral after the temporary licence expired (and they still operated for one month without licence afterwards)…. Anyhow, I will take a deep look at this case and roll it up. At the moment there is not much to do but wait as an administrator is put in charge. I too have some money there. If the current loans are serviced by the borrowers, there is a chance that investors don’t lose any money at all. But for now we have to be patient as the funds are locked in for an extended period. It comes to me as surprise that this happened in the European’s most established p2p market Great Britain. This case shows that diversification is crucial and that no money should be lent that is needed short-term.

Viventor offers 10 Euro Cashback

From now Viventor offers 10 Euro Cashback to new investors, if you invest at least 500 Euro for at least 30 days. If you went to Viventor through this blog, you will get the same offer after your 30 days are over. New investors can register here.

Currencyfair offers 40 Euro Cashback until April 1st

If you need to exchange some foreign currencies, now Currencyfair offers 40 Euro Cashback, if you exchange at least the equivalent of 2k Euro in any supported currency. This can happen with one ore more transactions, the only condition is that you use this link for registration. You can read here how Currencyfair works.

Estateguru now offers Spanish loans

Last week the first Spanish loan was funded on Estateguru. The property is located in Spain, but belongs to an Estonian Company. Therefor I don’t think we will see many Spanish loans in the near future. I stay in the Baltics with my investments, maybe I make an exeception if a “nice” Finnish loan turns up. At the moment new investors get 1% Cashback on their first three months investments. This will revert back to 0.5% as soon as there are 11’000 investors on the marketplace which should be the case in two to three weeks. Join here.

What can you expect from this blog in the near future?

I will make summaries of new marketplaces where I invested for a year or more (like Robocash for example). Plus there will be reviews of new marketplaces and an in depth look at Collateral. If you would like to have other topics covered, let me know.