Ekassa : extra-simple and profitable investments

Ekassa : extra-simple and profitable investments

Ekassa’s overview

Ekassa features two very simple strategies for durations ranging from 1 to 6 months. One offers guaranteed returns between 7% and 7.4%, while the second doesn’t have a guaranteed performance, but is expected to yield at least between 7% and 9% depending on the duration.

My opinion on Ekassa

Ekassa is an excellent way to begin investing in peer-to-peer loans. Their offer is even simpler than DoFinance‘s, and in most cases it’s also more profitable. Investors who don’t want to bother configuring auto-invest will appreciate the extreme simplicity of both Guaranteed and Profitable strategies !

Detailed ratings

Performance

The interest rates are lower than for more complex offers.

Loans liquidity

Liquidity doesn’t seem to be a concern for now.

Reporting

Thanks to the very easy straightforward investing process, there’s no need for much reporting.

Buyback guarantee

For the Profitable strategy, the 60 days delay is long, especially as the interests aren’t guaranteed.

Website ergonomics

The website is straightforward to use.

Ekassa’s pros & cons

Pros

  • An very simple offer
  • Competitive rates for both strategies

Cons

  • The fees for early withdrawal are a bit high

Loans characteristics

Loans duration

Short-term : one month or less

Medium-term : one month to one year

Loans kinds

Individual

Minimal investment

€ 10

Buyback guarantee

Buyback guarantee available

Currencies

Euro

Polish Zloty

Overview of Ekassa’s loans

There are two strategies available; the first one, named Guaranteed offers a guarantee income, while the returns for other one named Profitable aren’t guaranteed.

The duration of the investment can be 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. It’s possible to invest either in Euro or in Polish Zloty; here I’ll focus solely on Euro loans.

Investing through Ekassa is truly straightforward

For the Guaranteed strategy, the returns are 7%, 7.2% and 7.4%, respectively for 1, 3 and 6 months (as of August, 2019). For the Profitable strategy, the expected ranges are 7% – 9%, 8% – 10% and 9% – 11%. In both cases, interest rates for 12 months are the same as for 6 months.

Compared to Ekassa‘s competitors, the interest rates for short-term guaranteed loans are very interesting.

Buyback guarantee

Investors choosing to invest through the Guaranteed strategy obviously don’t have to worry about buyback.

For those using the Profitable strategy, the buyback triggers 60 days after the end of the loan, and covers only the principal. As loans usually last one month, this means that investors potentially won’t get any interest on defaulted loans for 3 months. That’s why the expected returns are lower than the loans’ interest rates.

Platform’s features

Early exit

Early exit available

Investing methods

Auto-invest

Manual investing

Buyback

While there’s no secondary market, it’s possible to sell your loans back to the platform; the associated fee is 1% of the amount. As usual, I advise against investing money you may need !

Manual investing

Although I see little need for it, it’s still possible to select loans individually. But why such a simple auto-invest process, why bother ?

Auto-invest

Unlike more complex platforms, there’s no need to configure auto-invest. Indeed, investing using the provided strategies means the investor only has to select the strategy, investment amount and duration.

Website’s ease of use

Languages

English, German

Funding methods

Ekassa’s registration process

Opening an account at Ekassa is straightforward. There’s currently no KYC (Know Your Costumer) check, making the process even faster and more convenient.

Account funding and funds withdrawal

Website’s design and ergonomics

Overall, the website is very easy to use. One small flaw is the inability to stay connected, forcing you to type your password every time you reopen your browser. But on the other hand, there’s little need to check the website often !

Available languages & translations quality

Ekassa‘s website is available in English and German. The English translation is great, making the platform even more user-friendly.

Reporting

Reporting is simple but really sufficient; there’s no real need to closely follow Ekassa‘s portfolios.

Documentation

While there seems to be a lot of documentation available through links on the front page, most of it is actually poorly organized; moreover, there’s a lot of information overlap between pages.

Support

There’s a live chat available on the front page; it’s also possible to get in touch with DoFinance by e-mail.

Communication from the platform​

Ekassa may be the most quiet platform in my whole crowdlending portfolio. The only messages I received were confirmations when I invested, and at the end of the investment period. I mostly regret the lack of a notification when funds reach my account.

Actual performance of my Ekassa portfolio

9,86%

At the end of July 2019, the XIRR for my Ekassa portfolio was 9,86%.

Ekassa's performance doesn't evolve in a regular manner; during most of my initial investment period, the computed returns were around 7%, well below the expected range for the Profitable strategy (9% – 11% range). However, at the end of the investment period, the XIRR reached 10.34%, an excellent result!

Don't hesitate to read my most recent crowdlending portfolio review for detailed platforms performance comparison as well as historical performance.

Ekassa's main competitors

For a detailed comparison of the different p2p-lending platforms offering a very easy way to invest, check out this article.

Ekassa's facts & figures

Location

Tallinn, Estonia

Founded in

2016

As of August 2019

Who can invest at Ekassa

Investing with Ekassa is open to any EU resident who is at least 18 years old with a bank account.

Ekassa FAQ

Disclosure

Please note that this review may contain affiliate links. It means that I will earn a commission if you decide to invest after clicking through the link – at no additional cost to you, of course -. Please understand that I have experienced all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the commissions I make if you decide to invest through my links.

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