Index of P2P lending and crowd-lending platforms reviews

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Investors who know which loans they want to invest in can easily find which platforms match their preferences, using the following criteria :

  • Loans kind
  • Investment duration
  • Buyback feature
  • Auto-invest availability
  • Presence of a secondary market or other early exit mechanism

Loans kinds

Which loans do you want to invest in ? Individual loans are rather standard, and in most case come with the added safety of a buyback guarantee. They’re often rather short-term, although car loans usually span over several years. Business and real-estate loans often offer higher returns, but they are more speculative.

Individual

Real-estate

Business

Loans durations

For how long do you want to invest ? If you want to invest in long-term loans, it’s strongly advised to use a platform that features a secondary market or offers an early exit option, in case you need to access your funds before the loan maturity date.

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Buyback guarantee

Loans covered by a buyback guarantee are safer than those without it. Learn more about the buyback guarantee on our article about borrower’s default.

Buyback guarantee

NO buyback guarantee

Early exit (secondary market or platform buyback)

A very useful feature when investing in long-term loans is a secondary market, which is a marketplace where investors may resell their loans to other investors. Other platforms offer a buyback option, meaning that they will buy the loan back; however, this usually incurs a rather large fee.

Early exit available

NO early exit

Investing methods

Being able to invest automatically based on your investment preferences has several benefits : it allows to save time, prevents tedious and repetitive loans selection, and increases diversification. However, while this feature is standard for individual loans, not all platforms for business and real-estate loans offer it.

Auto-invest

Manual investing

EstateGuru

While the interest rates offered by EstateGuru‘s projects are lower than at Crowdestor, BulkEstate or ReInvest24, this platform provides great investment opportunities for those who want a more conservative portfolio. It’s also an excellent complement to CrowdEstate‘s real-estate loans.

EstateGuru’s long list of successfully repaid loans (as well as the way they managed the defaulted projects) help build confidence in this platform. It took me a long time to invest there, as I initially targeted more speculative loans. However, I now regularly add funds to this portfolio, in order to have a more balanced loans portfolio.

Loans characteristics

More than 1 year

Business

Real-estate

NO buyback guarantee

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

BulkEstate

I used to prefer CrowdEstate over BulkEstate, thanks to the superior interface and much larger loans volume. However, after more than two years on both platforms, I can’t help but notice that the performance of my BulkEstate portfolio is much higher.

Moreover, BulkEstate’s track record is basically spotless, while CrowdEstate is struggling with late or defaulted business loans.

Overall, the platform’s projects offer a good risk/reward ratio for investors who want slightly more speculative loans than at EstateGuru.

Loans characteristics

More than 1 year

Real-estate

NO buyback guarantee

Platform features

NO early exit

Auto-invest available

Iuvo

As several platforms are under suspicion in early 2020, Iuvo‘s focus on reliable loan originators makes it an excellent choice for investors concerned about the safety of their investments. The platform’s main drawback is of course the reduced returns incurred by having only quality originators.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Business

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Mintos

Mintos‘ is currently getting a lot of bad press, and many investors plan to leave the platform after losing money when several loan originators defaulted. At the same time, several other investors report that their Mintos portfolio provides the best performance among their peer-to-peer loans portfolios.

I tend to agree with the latter group, and consider that Mintos success is well deserved. Indeed, my portfolio delivers an excellent and very regular performance. Moreover, the impressive loans volume means that basically any amount can be invested without fearing a cash drag. Finally, thanks to the availability of Mintos strategies, even beginner investors can easily invest through the platform – although, as we’ll see, I basically recommend against using them -.

Of course, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. This especially holds true when it comes to providing reliable information about the loan originators.

In one word, as long as investors are aware of potential risks, Mintos proves to be an excellent choice.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Moncera

I appreciate the opportunity to build a diversified portfolio by investing directly in loans from a reliable originator without using Mintos. As such, Moncera is a perfect complement to Lendermarket.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Omaraha

I used to really love Omaraha and have invested up to 60% of my P2P assets there. For a long time, it was totally worth investing some time (and of course money) there, in spite of the terrible interface. But now that the interest rates and loans volume have decreased, it’s harder to recommend it as much as I used to; I’ve also reduced my portfolio’s size.

In spite of this, for investors who want to focus solely on individual loans, Omaraha still offers the best returns.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

NO early exit

Auto-invest available

Robocash

At first glance, Robocash‘s offer seems less appealing than most competitors. Indeed, in spite of the recent interest rates change, they’re still lower than at Swaper and Lendermarket, and overall slightly higher than at Moncera. Moreover, in terms of website ergonomics, the platform really lags behind all of these competitors.

Despite these drawbacks, the financial solidity of the platform’s parent group incites me to grant Robocash the same rating as Moncera.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Business

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

CrowdEstate

Although I still appreciate the large supply of loans available at CrowdEstate, I have to admit that my portfolio’s performance is deceiving. The actual returns for speculative loans are far from the expected ones !

Overall, I’m much more impressed by EstateGuru, both in terms of transparency and performance.

Loans characteristics

More than 1 year

Business

Real-estate

NO buyback guarantee

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Crowdestor

Many improvements were unveiled in the last six months at Crowdestor. For example, the enhanced projects descriptions and borrower’s credit report are a huge step forward in terms of investors information. In addition, the long awaited investor’s cabinet now provides useful data regarding the portfolio’s status. Finally, the availability of public statistics is an improvement in terms of transparency, although they may actually be biased, as we’ll see.

However, several aspects of the platform still have to be improved. In particular, the reliability of the recovery process remains to be proven. More regular updated are also needed, as several projects saw no repayment for months without any feedback from the borrower.

Overall, if these concerns are addressed, I’m very positive regarding Crowdestor’s future.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Business

Real-estate

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

NO auto-invest

Debitum Network

Debitum Network‘s solid risk management will strongly appeal to conservative investors. I tend to prefer slightly more risky investments with low double-digit interest rates.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Business

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

NO early exit

Auto-invest available

Flender

Flender is a great way to finance businesses in Ireland. The returns are competitive and in spite of minor usability troubles, the website is easy to use. I hope that in 2020, the number of loans goes back to normal so that investors can get a more diversified portfolio or invest large sums.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Business

NO buyback guarantee

Platform features

NO early exit

Auto-invest available

Lendermarket

Thanks to a great financial performance, seemingly reliable loan originators and a simple but effective website, I used to rate Lendermarket four stars. Unfortunately, the lack of a serious audit as well as the apparent disdain towards peer-to-peer investors lead me to reduce this rating slightly.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

NO early exit

Auto-invest available

PeerBerry

Thanks to the large selection of reliable loan originators A loan originator is the firm that originally provides the loan to the borrower.
They usually lend a small percent of the amount using their own funds, while the
remaining is put on sale on loans marketplaces. The part of the loan kept by the
originator is called called skin in the game; it’s typically 5%-10% of the
loan amount, and is supposed to encourage originators to provide quality loans.
, overall ease of use and good returns, PeerBerry is an excellent alternative – or complement – to Mintos.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Business

Real-estate

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

NO early exit

Auto-invest available

ViaInvest

It’s a pity that ViaInvest‘s offer is relatively complex when it comes to business or real-estate loans. In addition, the platform’s website pales in comparison to the well-designed interface most competitors offer. However, the platform is part of a large group which is regarded as financially solid. In addition, returns are reasonable – roughly comparable to Moncera, but lower than Robocash or Lendermarket -. Overall, ViaInvest provides a good way to diversify a P2P loans portfolio through reliable loan originators.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Business

Real-estate

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Bondster

While Bondster‘s interest rates are great, the actual performance doesn’t meet my expectations; I’ve been investing on the platform for 8 months and my performance barely reaches 10%.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

Individual

Business

Real-estate

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Swaper

It has always been hard for me to choose between Robocash and Swaper. For a long time, Swaper’s much better ergonomics has incited me to prefer this platform, in spite of the cash drags which used to occur regularly.

However, what finally tipped the scale in favor of Robocash is this platform’s transparency and financial solidity. Indeed, Swaper and its parent company Wandoo Finance Group are mostly blackboxes. In contrast, Robocash Group provides audited financial statements which show that the group has been consistently profitable for several years.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

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