Fast Invest’s overview
Fast Invest is a platform offering to invest in peer-to-peer loans up to one year, with interest rates between 9% and 15% for Euro loans. They come with a buyback guarantee that triggers after only 3 days, an incredibly short delay !
My opinion on Fast Invest
Fast Invest‘s website is extremely easy to use and offers interest rates above the competition, in addition to incredible buyback guarantee terms. While I was very cautious about Fast Invest at first, I enjoy this platform more and more as it continually improves. Indeed, I’m especially impressed by the last upgrade to their website, which is straightforward to use and provides a lot of documentation.
For guaranteed loans, the interest rates are very interesting.
There are many loans available, although the highest-yielding ones are scarce.
The provided statistics are rather basic, and data can’t be downloaded.
The buyback guarantee triggers after only 3 days, a record for P2P lending sites !
The website is very easy to use and looks great.
Fast Invest’s pros & cons
- Great interest rates
- Very user-friendly platform
- Incredibly short buyback guarantee delay
- No detail is provided about loans originators
Overview of Fast Invest’s loans
Fast Invest‘s loans are either in Euro or Polish Zloty. Euro loans yield between 15% for Spanish loans, to 9% for some Danish loans; many of them are in the middle of these two bounds with a 13.5% yearly interest rate. Currently, all loans have a duration shorter than one year.
As all these loans are covered by a buyback guarantee, the interest rates are really interesting compared to Fast Invest’s competitors !
With secured loans, I usually don’t bother much with checking the borrower’s details. However, investors interested in them have access to basic data.
One recurrent criticism towards Fast Invest is that the company doesn’t disclose the name of their loans originators; this lack of transparency is a bit concerning as most – if not all – competitors share such information. However, this is likely to change as the company is changing the contracts with the lenders in order to be able to disclose their identity.
Fast Invest’s buyback guarantee
Fast Invest‘s buyback guarantee is excellent : it triggers after only 3 days, while the delay is usually one month for most competitors !
Please note that Fast Invest’s terminology is a bit confusing : what’s usually named Buyback guarantee is called Default guarantee, while Buyback guarantee refers to selling the loans back to the company.
There’s no secondary market; instead, it’s possible to sell the loan back to the platform (as mentioned previously, this is referred to by Fast Invest as Buyback guarantee). While there’s no associated fee, the drawback is that you’ll lose all interest earned for the loan !
Like most competitors, Fast Invest offers the possibility to invest manually, which can be great for beginner investors. It’s rather easy to do so, using a limited set of filters :
- loan amount
- interest rate
The rather large loans volume means that investors aren’t forced to use the auto-invest of they don’t wish to.
Fast Invest’s auto-invest feature
The auto-invest screen is well designed and easy to use, although I find the non-linear scale for the interest rates a bit confusing.
It’s possible to create several auto-invest portfolios, although there’s not much use unless you want to invest in different currencies.
Website’s ease of use
English, German, Finnish, Polish, Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese Mandarin
Available languages & translation quality
The platform features a rather impressive array of translations, including Chinese Mandarin which I’ve never seen before.
The English version of Fast Invest‘s website is spotless. Translations to other languages were greatly improved by the website upgrade in March 2019. In spite of a few occasional quirks or forgotten translations, the French version is overall excellent.
Registering with Fast Invest is really quick and easy. The required amount of information is really minimal, and your account is ready to be funded very quickly.
There was however a small glitch when I created my account : the verification email sent by the platform never arrived, and I had to request it several times for it to reach me. This looks like a temporary bug, though, so it shouldn’t be a concern.
Account funding at Fast Invest
Account funding is done via SEPA transfer. Funds are usually available after 2 days.
Website’s design and ergonomics
In addition to the updated translations, the March 2019 update to the website has improved ergonomics even further. I used to have some reservations about the the lateral menu, but the new design is great – both on smartphone or computer -. Overall the website is very neatly designed, extremely readable and and pleasant to use.
One small glitch I noticed is that the interest rates displayed on the dashboard for latest transactions may be incorrect. Indeed, I invested in many loans with durations around 10 months, yielding 13%. However, at some point, the interest rate displayed for one of them was 9%. That’s because for new investors in these loans, the rate is decreased as the duration drops below 6 months; for existing investors, of course, the rate doesn’t change. This was really puzzling, and not very intuitive. The correct interest rate is displayed in “my investments” list, though.
Fast Invest‘s website provides an impressive amount of documentation. In addition to an extensive FAQ, many steps are clearly detailed : for example, there’s a huge page dedicated to the KYC (Know Your Costumer) process. The company’s blog also makes for an interesting read, with articles going beyond P2P.
Fast Invest’s support
I got in touch with Fast Invest‘s support by e-mail regarding the weird behavior I noticed in the dashboard. I sent the e-mail during a week-end, and it was answered next Monday morning. The explanations were very detailed, and I was rather impressed by their efficiency. Grupeer‘s support could learn a thing or two from Fast Invest !
Should you need to get in touch with the support during business hours, there’s a live chat available.
Communication from the platform
Fast Invest is a rather quiet platform; apart from a monthly newsletter, investors mostly get notifications when a funds transfer reaches their account.
Fast Invest‘s reporting screens are a bit too light to my taste. Indeed, they don’t provide much information, and don’t allow data export.
Actual performance of my Fast Invest portfolio
It takes time for new portfolios to reach their optimal performance. At the end of March 2019, the XIRR for my Fast Invest portfolio was 11.97%; it’s been climbing steadily and I expect it to reach 13% within next month.
Fast Invest’s main competitors
Compared to their main competitors, Fast Invest seems to be very interesting. Indeed, individual loans on other platforms with a buyback guarantee usually have interest rates around 12%. Only Omaraha‘s returns are better, but the buyback guarantee is only partial; moreover, Omaraha’s interface is truly hard to use.
Of course, at the same time, Fast Invest doesn’t have the same seniority as Mintos, so the risks are obviously higher; size your respective portfolios accordingly !
Fast Invest’s facts and figures
As of December 2018
Who can invest
Fast Invest FAQ
Investors must be at least 18 years old, have a valid email address and a personal bank account in their name in the European Union.
For the identification purposes, you must provide a national identification card (scanned or photographed both sides) or a passport (scanned or photographed).
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