My opinion on Envestio
Envestio’s pros & cons
- Very interesting interest rates
- Projects in various domains
- New projects are added regularly to the platform
- Ability to sell back your investments to Envestio
- A partial buyback guarantee is provided
- The platform is very young
Real-estate and business loans
There are currently seven active projects at Envestio, and more than fifteen exited projects. Although most projects seem to be rather short-term (less than 6 months), several are longer than one year. Returns typically range from 15% for real-estate projects to more than 20% for more speculative projects like crypto mining.
New projects are added regularly; several new projects are financed through the platform each month. All investments are made in Euro, and the minimal amount is €1. One great advantage of this extremely small minimum is that it allows you to reinvest interests. It’s very convenient compared to CrowdEstate where the invested amount must be a multiple of €100.
The involved amounts are rather large; currently the smallest project needs €100 000, while the largest requires a whooping €850 000. The projects can be broken down into four categories :
- Other (usually industry-related)
The projects are usually well-detailed; however, what is missing is a risk assessment like the one provided by CrowdEstate for its investments.
An interesting aspect is that all loans seem to yield interests monthly; however I advise you to check the detailed payment schedule for each project. Overall, I really appreciate the diversity of the investment opportunities that Envestio offers; moreover, the interest rates are very interesting.
Envestio’s buyback guarantee
Just like with Kuetzal, there’s some confusion regarding Envestio’s buyback guarantee. In the past, the availability of this guarantee depended on the kind of loan. However, things have improved and all recent loans are secured debt loans. This means that at least 90% of the investment amount is secured; see this post on Envestio blog for further details.
Envestio already converted several subordinated loans into secured loans; this added safety came at no cost for the investor. That’s the kind of move I truly appreciate as it shows a real commitment to investors’ safety !
There’s no secondary market; however, Envestio offers to buy back your investment at any time. The associated cost usually seems to be 5% but may vary from one project to another. As usual, I strongly advise you to invest only funds you’re not planning to need !
It’s easy to invest manually at Envestio. Investors are notified of new projects by e-mail; as they’re rather large, there’s enough time to invest manually. The process is straightforward; the only improvement I would suggest would be to add a confirmation of the invested amount.
Envestio currently doesn’t offer opportunity to auto-invest; however, as the loans amounts are large and new projects aren’t too frequent, it’s hardly a necessity. Moreover, unlike P2P loans, I really prefer to be able to study real-estate and business loans before I commit my money !
Website’s ease of use
Envestio‘s English version is basically perfect.
Registration process & account funding
Signing-up to Envestio is really trivial. It took me less than one minute to fill up my name, birth date, country of residence. One click one the confirmation e-mail later and I was done ! Overall, registering is very straightforward.Funding my account was also fast and easy. The only supported method is via SEPA transfer.
Withdrawing money is just as easy; however, for safety reasons, I needed to send a scan of my ID. This is a common requirement for most platforms. Once my identify was confirmed, the funds were back to my bank account the next day ! Note that withdrawing an amount smaller than €5 will incur a €2 fee. However, I hardly imagine investing withdrawing such a little sum, so it’s not a big deal !”
Website’s design and ergonomics
The website is rather complete and overall well-designed. I initially had concerns regarding the investment process itself, as it involved browsing through several screens in a very counter-intuitive way. Fortunately, this aspect has been greatly improved. All I regret now is the lack of a confirmation when investing; make sure you input the right amount before validating !
As a side note, I appreciated the useful FAQ which is rather extensive and refreshingly free of marketing gimmicks : “Should I Really Invest Solely Through Envestio? No. Investments through crowdfunding platforms remain risky ones, so you should not invest your entire savings in high-earning projects.”.
Reporting is rather basic but adequate for the small number of projects. I appreciate the handy chart showing the diversification of investments by sector. You can also see your paid interests climbing nicely, which is always a pleasant sight for investors 🙂
Also, the dashboard displays accrued interests for each project, which is a nice touch !
The FAQ is rather complete and useful to prospective investors. On the other hand, there aren’t many details on the investing process itself; some more generic documentation would be welcome !
There’s a live chat available on Envestio‘s website, as well as an e-mail contact address and phone number available; I got in touch with them using the chat after my transferred funds didn’t appear on my Envestio account. After a quick chat and an e-mail to their accounting department, they solved the problem and credited my account. The whole process took less than five minutes and I was impressed by their efficiency.
Communication from the platform
Envestio will send notifications for most transactions : funds transfer, interests and principal repayment. New projects are also announced via e-mail.
Actual performance of my Envestio portfolio
Although my portfolio is only a few months old, I can publish a rather realistic XIRR. Indeed, all projects pay interests monthly. At the end of February 2019, my XIRR reached an excellent 16.36%.
It’s obviously an excellent result; this is one of the best performances for my loans portfolio. However, as the high interest rates come with a higher risk level, I plan to limit my allocation between 10% of my whole portfolio.
Envestio’s main competitors
Grupeer and CrowdEstate have been there for longer; their track record is very solid. However, Envestio’s very high returns make it a tempting choice for investors who are ready to take a bit more risk. The partial guarantee offered by secured-debt loans is a very strong selling point, and will probably help reluctant investors to jump on.
Crowdestor is actually very similar to Envestio, and they’re also working hard to improve their offer and improve investors’ safety, as proven by the recent creation of a warranty fund. Kuetzal also operates in the same area, and offers similar returns. These three companies offer an excellent way to invest in riskier projects while diversifying your portfolio between several platforms !
EstateGuru also offers both real-estate and business loans, but their projects are much more conservative, yielding around 11% yearly
Finally, BulkEstate only focuses on real-estate; apart from EstateGuru, their returns are usually the lowest among these companies, making their projects less speculative.
Envestio’s facts and figures
Number of investors5 205
Loans amount financed€ 14 051 339
As of March 2019
Who can invest
All adults may become investors at Envestio.Envestio FAQ
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