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Beginner investor : which crowd-lending platform ?
Loans covered by a buyback guarantee[?] are the safest way to invest in loans. While this guarantee isn’t absolute, having a diversified loans portfolio will help reduce the risk of an originator going bankrupt.Note that most of the following platforms only deal with individual loans. The only exceptions are Grupeer, which features secured development deals, and Mintos which also offers business loans with small amounts.
Short-term loans (one month or less)
Peer-to-peer platforms offering payday loans are main only choice for such a short investment duration. For this very short time frame, most loans yield a 12% yearly interest rate.
Medium-term loans (one year or less)
Investing for up to one year allows to access a wider variety of secured loans; this will allow you to diversify your portfolio among different loans kinds.
Mintos has been there for a while; they had time to build a very large offer, with many originators . Note that they also feature unsecured loans, for those seeking hgher returns at the cost of an increased risk.
Long-term loans (more than one year)
Switching to even longer durations won’t usually bring much in term of returns, although investors bold enough to survive Omaraha’s interface may be able to invest small sums in higher-yielding loans.
Omaraha‘s interface is painful for the eyes and the nerves. However, for a long time, the platform’s interest rates more than compensated the steep learning curve. Unfortunately, they have gone down, as has the loans quantity. It’s thus getting harder and harder to invest large amounts there.
Investing in loans that don’t come with a buyback guarantee allows you to expect higher returns. It can also enhance your portfolio’s diversification, by investing it partially in business loans or real-estate projects.
CrowdEstate is my #1 choice for business and real-estate loans. They regularly add very large projects offering very interesting interest rates. Unfortunately, the platform is kind of victim of its success, and the opportunities fill up very quickly.
EstateGuru is an excellent complement to CrowdEstate. This platform offers a truly impressive amount of real-estate and business projects; thanks to this, it’s much easier to invest there than at CrowdEstate.
Envestio is another newcomer in the business crowd-lending area. They offer to invest in highly diversified projects, which offer great returns. However, because of their speculative nature, these loans are rather risky !
Crowdestor is a recent business crowdfunding platform. It allows to invest in real-estate projects, as well as in more speculative business loans. Some projects offer truly impressive interest rates, but their risk shouldn’t be under-estimated !