Viventor is a P2P marketplace offering loans with interest rates up to 16%, for durations between one month and five years. Most of them are secured by a buyback guarantee.
My opinion on Viventor
Viventor’s pros & cons
- Excellent performance
- The website’s ergonomics is great
- Large volume of loans provided by many different loan originators
- The delay for buyback guarantee isn’t the same between all loan originators
- Support and communication could be greatly improved
Overview of Viventor’s loans
Viventor features only Euro loans. In February 2020, interest rates ranged from 8% to 16%; durations vary greatly, from one month to seven years.
Most loans come with a buyback guarantee, but there are also unsecured loans. However, these don’t yield more, so there’s little point in investing in them.
With a total financed amount of around € 120,000,000, the volume of loans at Viventor is much lower than at Mintos; however, it will be more than enough to invest large sums without having liquidity problems.
As I’m updating this review in November 2019, there are more than 20 originators available; this allows investors to get a very satisfying diversification. Mintos investors will recognize several of them, like GetBucks or Kviku.
As P2P platforms improve their transparency, most of them now publish details about their loans 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.. For each of them, investors can learn about the details of the buyback guarantee, the skin in the game (which is the percent of the loan kept by the originator), and in many cases access financial statements.
Unlike Grupeer or Mintos, Viventor doesn’t provide any rating for originators; it’s thus hard to evaluate how safe they are. And unfortunately, at least one of them proved to be unreliable. Indeed, in summer 2019, Aforti Finance ran into troubles and many repayments were delayed. Viventor’s communication was pathetic; they provided very little information and took a long time to communicate about it. In contrast, their competitor Mintos (who also provided loans from Aforti Finance) was much more reactive. And even better, Debitum Network actually removed all loans from this loan originator well before the troubles started.
Explore P2P’s ratings for Viventor loans originator is a recommended read, although most originators end up being poorly rated as they’re recent companies.
The buyback guarantee A buyback guarantee is a guarantee provided by the platform or a loan originator.
If repayment of a loan is delayed by more than a given delay (usually 30 or 60 days),
the platform or loan originator will buy back the loan. The guarantee may cover only
part of the capital, or in a much more interesting case, both the capital and accrued
interests. As the conditions vary from one platform to another, it’s very important
to check this point. covers both principal and interests. It usually triggers after 60 days, but this delay is 90 days for several originators. Viventor‘s FAQ mentions a 30 days delay, but currently I couldn’t find an example of an originator with such a short delay.
One variation of the buyback guarantee is the payment guarantee; it guarantees that the interests and principal will be repaid in time. In terms of cash-flow, it’s slightly more convenient than the standard buyback guarantee.
As usual, loans covered by a buyback guarantee (or payment guarantee) are indicated by a shield icon.
Viventor features a secondary market that’s free of charge.
Manual investing at Viventor
Manual investing is convenient. The available loans list can easily be filtered by common criteria such as duration, interest rate, presence of buyback guarantee…
Many details are provided about the loans; while I doubt that many investors actually read them (as they’re much more standard than speculative business or real-estate loans provided by Crowdestor or CrowdEstate for example), it’s always great to have access to a lot of data.
In spite of the large number of available criteria, the auto-invest is easy to configure.
A few aspects could be improved, though :
- It’s not possible to filter by buyback delay
- The design make it hard to verify if all possible entities (countries, originators) are selected
- The screen doesn’t show how many loans match the current criteria
While few investors will use this feature, it’s possible to configure multiple auto-invest.
Website’s ease of use
Viventor’s registration process
Although there’s a KYC (Know Your Costumer) check that requires to upload an identity document, an utility bill and a tax residence certificate, the registration is quickly processed. My tax residence certificate currently appears as invalid, but it doesn’t prevent me from investing.
Account funding and funds withdrawal
It’s only possible to add funds via a SEPA transfer. The funds are available in my Viventor account within 2 days, which is the standard delay.
Website’s design and ergonomics
The design of Viventor‘s website is simple but very readable; it’s also very easy to navigate.
Even on a mobile phone, browsing the site is a pleasure; the only real inconvenience is the lateral menu, which doesn’t automatically hide after selecting an item. Another slight improvement would be to improve the layout of the auto-invest list, which requires to scroll horizontally before you can edit your settings.
A small inconvenience is that even though most pages seem to load very quickly, they’re actually unusable for a delay that can reach several seconds. It’s rather annoying, although in many cases, this slowdown is very short.
Available languages & translations quality
Viventor‘s website is only available in English; the English translation is excellent.
Viventor‘s reporting is rather impressive. The common features (account statement, investments list) are present and offer the opportunity to download data as an Excel file.
In addition, you can very easily visualize the diversification of your portfolio by country or loan originator, or check the overall interest rates. There’s even a cash-flow graph; unfortunately it only shows the next month, as the date range can’t be customized.
There’s a very detailed FAQ available, broken down by topic for easier reading. I also appreciate the already mentioned page about the loans originators !
Should you need to get in touch with the platform, there’s a chat box available in addition to the standard opportunity to send an e-mail. I used the latter option twice to get in touch with Viventor‘s support. My experience was excellent the first time, and disastrous the second time.
Indeed, after registering, I realized that I had stupidly made a typo in my middle name. The support team replied very quickly and immediately fixed my mistake.
A few months later, I sent an e-mail regarding the loan originator Aforti Finance, as there was very little communication from Viventor on this topic. I’ll let you judge the quality of their reply : “All of the informarion regarding Aforti is protected by condidecinality agreements, and all out going comnication has to be agreed upon by both parties. I am sorry for the incoviniece.”
Communication from the platform
Investors may choose the frequency of the account summary : daily, weekly and/or monthly. Other than that, I didn’t receive any e-mail from the platform yet; investors thus shouldn’t fear that they’ll drown under unwanted e-mails.
Actual performance of my Viventor portfolio
At the end of January 2020, the XIRR for my Viventor portfolio was 9,94%.
As I added funds in late 2019, my performance decreased; it previously reached 14%, which is an excellent result.
Don't hesitate to read my most recent crowdlending portfolio review for detailed platforms performance comparison as well as historical performance.
Portfolio creation date
I created my Viventor portfolio in May 2019.
Viventor's main competitors
For a detailed comparison of the different p2p-lending marketplaces, check out this article.
Viventor's facts & figures
Number of investors
Loans amount financed
As of January 2020
Who can invest at Viventor
Viventor is open to both: individuals and companies. To qualify as an investor, it is required to:
- Possess a bank account in one of the countries of the European Economic Area (European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein);
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Provide a copy of your identification documents to Viventor.
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