Index of P2P lending and crowd-lending platforms reviews

Filtering the data​

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

This index doesn’t include reviews for platforms in my blacklist – although I keep them updated – .

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 or BulkEstate, they provide 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 successful investments (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’m planning to grow this portfolio regularly, 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

Mintos

Mintos‘ success is well deserved ! They deliver an excellent and very regular performance, and the impressive loans volume means that basically any amount can be invested without fearing a cash drag. Also, thanks to the availability of investing methods other than manual or auto-invest, even beginner investors can easily invest through the platform.

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

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

CrowdEstate

Although I still appreciate the large supply of loans available at CrowdEstate, I have to admit that my portfolio’s performance is deceiving. Moreover, the platform’s relative lack of transparency and poor communication on defaulted loans show a lack of professionalism. 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

In a rather short time, Crowdestor managed to become my favorite platform for speculative loans. Indeed, between the excellent performance, the large supply of loans and their diversity, it’s hard not to be impressed ! I only regret the lack of a secondary market The secondary market is a marketplace allowing investors to sell loans from their
portfolio to other investors. This is useful if they need to get their money back
before the loan’s maturity.
.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Business

Real-estate

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

NO early exit

NO auto-invest

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 are the lack of a secondary market, and 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

Lendermarket

Thanks to 14% interest rates, very reliable loan originators and a simple but effective website, Lendermarket‘s offer is very appealing.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

NO early exit

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

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, I’ve decided to increase PeerBerry‘s overall rating.

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

Viventor

Thanks to the high interest rates and great website’s ergonomics, Viventor is an excellent complement to Mintos. Moreover, as Viventor’s auto-invest screen is much easier to configure, it may even be used by beginner investors.

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

Debitum Network

Being a speculative investor, I find Debitum Network‘s returns too low; however, their very solid risk management will strongly appeal to conservative investors.

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

FinBee

In spite of the high interest rates, the performance of my FinBee portfolio is rather low, as the loans aren’t covered by a buyback guarantee. Guaranteed loans from Mintos and Fast Invest are probably better choices for investors seeking for predictible and regular returns.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

More than 1 year

Individual

Business

Real-estate

NO buyback guarantee

Platform features

Early exit available

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

Swaper

Like Robocash, Swaper will mostly appeal to short-term investors; for longer durations, many platforms offer higher returns. Overall, Swaper looks like a better choice than their direct competitor Robocash, thanks to the better ergonomics and translation. Moreover, as the platform finally managed to increase the overall loans volume, the cash drags that regularly plagued the platform seem to be a thing of the past.

Swaper is also a great choice for investors who plan to invest at least € 5,000; indeed, the Loyalty bonus will grant them a 16% interest rate, making this platform extremely competitive !

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

Individual

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

Robocash

Now that Robocash increased the interest rates to match Swaper‘s and Lendermarket‘s, their offer became competitive again.

Unfortunately, in term of website ergonomics, the platform really lags behind these two competitors. We can only hope that the upcoming website redesign will improve this aspect !

In spite of this, the financial solidity of the platform and its related loan originators makes it a great choice to get some geographical diversification.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

ViaInvest

With the current returns, ViaInvest is not really competitive. For short-term investments in payday loans, both Swaper and Robocash are much better choices.

Loans characteristics

Less than 1 month

1 month to 1 year

Individual

Buyback guarantee available

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

Bondora

Too much marketing, not enough returns : Bondora totally fails to deliver the expected results. It’s hard to be confident in long-term results when a portfolio’s returns decrease month after month ! If only Bondora spent as much time improving the returns as they spend working on their marketing, all their investors would be rich. But for now, all we have is promises of great expected returns. I’d advise investors not to listen to their marketing tricks, and to invest through a company that actually focuses on investors.

Loans characteristics

1 month to 1 year

Individual

NO buyback guarantee

Platform features

Early exit available

Auto-invest available

No result found​

Select at least one value for each criterion, or less restrictive criteria !

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.