First steps with Monestro and DoFinance

I just invested some funds through two P2P lending companies, Monestro and DoFinance. I already had a DoFinance account but never funded it, while my Monestro registration is new. It’s obviously too early for me to write a full review, however I’ll give you my feedback on these two offers !

Monestro

I recently registered with Monestro; it’s an Estonian P2P lending company focusing on loans to individuals.

Registration

I found the registration process to be a bit painful. The website is not very user-friendly, and you’ll need a webcam to take a live screenshot of you and your passport. Other than that, my registration was quickly processed and I could fund my account the next day.

Investing process

There are currently few loans available at Monestro, commonly less than five. They’re usually live for less than a week, so you’ll find new loans several times a week.

Just like Omaraha, the investing process is a bit complicated at first. There’s a credit score for each application (the lower the score, the better), and you have to bid during an auction process.

You’ll have to choose to amount to bid, and, depending on the auction kind, the interest rate. Indeed, there are either “fast auctions” where you only bid for size, and “terminal auction” where you compete for both size and interest rate. Terminal auctions last for a specific duration (usually a few days), then get resolved. Fast auctions, on the other hand, may be closed earlier if the maximum amount specified by the borrower is met.

The auction kind is displayed for each loan application in the “Load and auction data” tab. For detailed information about auctions kinds, you may check Monestro FAQ (especially this topic and this one)

Here’s a screenshot showing the two current loan applications.

Monestro loan applications (overview)

Once expanded, you can see the details for each loan

Monestro loan applications (detailed)

Loans are not secured by a buyback option; the credit score computed by Monestro is supposed to reflect how risky the loan is.

Note that signing the loan agreement will require to receive SMS, as the website will provide you with a confirmation code.

Conclusion

Monestro really feels like Omaraha to me; it provides the same loans profiles, and the interface is just as painful. However, the loans volume at Monestro really can’t compare with Omaraha for now.

DoFinance

DoFinance is located in Latvia, and is part of Alfa Finance Group. It mostly focuses on short-term loans.

Registration

The website is easy to use and registration is quick and easy. Compared to Monestro, it’s a much more pleasant experience !

Investing process

Just like registering, investing with DoFinance is incredibly easier; however, this is mostly due to the lack of options and flexibility.

In its most basic form (auto-investing), you just choose an investment duration and the target return.

DoFinance plans

In theory it’s also possible to invest manually, but this option actually shows you many pages of loans without even an opportunity to filter them out, so it seems pretty useless.

It’s possible to withdraw your money before the investment term, but it you choose to invest your money for 6 months or more, you won’t get any interest and the reimbursement will take 28 days. You thus should make sure that you won’t need the invested money !

One large difference with other P2P offers is that the interests are only credited at the end of the investment term. That means you won’t get monthly interests !

Conclusion

DoFinance seems to be a nice choice for those who want a hassle-free investing experience. Choose the desired duration and interest rate, and forget about it for the whole length of your investment term !

 

P2P lending portfolio review for July, 2017

Month overview

Unlike my Collective2 portfolio, my P2P lending portfolio’s life was rather uneventful this month (and I don’t complain about it 🙂 ).

I added some more funds to Omaraha and I’m nearly reaching my target portfolio size. I still have to decrease ViaInvest size, but I’m waiting for the principal to be reimbursed.

Current performance

Omaraha

XIRR at the end of July was 27.6%. Details by country are : Estonia 27.5%, Slovakia 30.7%, Finland 34.9% (very new and small).

I’m starting to see more defaults, but currently their rate (0.7%) mirrors the overall default rate for comparable loans.

I’m still planning to increase my portfolio size a bit, although I have troubles investing it all with a relatively small loan size (20€). I also probably should spend some time studying my statistics by country more closely (XIRR versus default rate) in order to have a better allocation between Estonia and Slovakia. Unfortunately Omaraha doesn’t provide the statistics as CSV files, so it will be a painful task !

Bondora

XIRR for Bondora‘s portolio was 18.07%. I invested a lot in poorly-rated loans with high interest and of course many defaulted, so I’m curious to see what the recovery rates will be like.

I may start playing with the “Portfolio pro” feature in order to increase my returns.

Grupeer

Grupeer doesn’t provide a XIRR computation but all my loans offer 13% or 14% interest rates.

Mintos

XIRR for Mintos was 12.18% for secured loans in Euro and 16.76% for Lari (Georgia). Unfortunately for now, the poor exchange rate totally negates this XIRR difference.

Swaper

XIRR of my Swaper portfolio was 11.84%. I’d love to increase my portfolio size a bit, but until recently this P2P lending site had troubles investing the whole amount, so I’m not totally sure about this.

ViaInvest

XIRR reached 12.74%, which is surprisingly high. However, it looks like all new loans only offer a 10% interest rate. I may thus decrease my portfolio size even more and split this money between Grupeer and Swaper.

Twino

XIRR is 10.23%; I’m in the process of moving all my funds out of Twino as the low returns doesn’t justify keeping an account there.

Current allocation

I’m probably over-invested in Omaraha, but paradoxically I’m still planning to increase its portfolio size a bit.

Once I reach my target size, my Grupeer portfolio should be my next target for growth.

Current allocation between P2P lending websites

New platforms

I’m always looking for new opportunities to diversify my portfolio.

After some due diligence, I may invest a starting amount in Monestro. Loans volume is low and the usability is, let’s say, perfectible, but it seems promising.

 

 

July P2P lending news

This monthly column will try to sum up the important news related to P2P lending, mostly regarding companies I use for investing.

Usually my primary source of information is the company’s blog or newsletter. This monthly post aims at being a quick read, so I’ll provide a link and a relevant excerpt.

Bondora is profitable

“We are proud to announce that we have reached profitability in the first half of 2017 with the net profit of €300 000. ”

Omaraha caps Estonian loan’s max interest rate

“Estonian loans maximum total interest is now 35%, please make changes to your investment terms. Higher % investment terms wont invest.”

Bondora introduces “Portfolio pro” feature

“Simply put, it is a tool for people who like to have more control over the level of diversification in their investments. You can now use this Pro feature to create a portfolio according to your own rules. For example, you may choose to select loans from specific countries, with different duration and Bondora risk ratings.”

Note for self : review this for a future post !

Bondora (again !) removes fees for direct sell

“Just over a two months ago we released our Direct Sell feature, allowing investors to sell loans directly to other investors from their Investments page. (…) Previously there was a fee associated with all Direct Sell. By removing this cost to investors we’re making it easier than ever to explore the full range of options when investing on Bondora.”

Twino enhances auto-invest usability

“If you are using Portfolio Builder, then on the right side of the page you will see the following information: 1) Available Cash, 2) How many loans match your criteria, 3) How much funds can be invested immediately.

However, if you are creating an Auto-invest portfolio, then on the right side of the page you will see your available cash and two completely new fields: 1) Available Cash, 2) Listed in last 30 days – this value will display how many loans with similar criteria have been listed during the last 30 days, 3) Competing portfolios – this value will display how many Auto-invests with similar criteria have been created by other investors.” (Twino newsletter)

New originator for Twino

“Kazakhstan’s loan originator has joined TWINO investment platform.” (Twino newsletter)