Pros and Cons of P2P Industry

It is fair to say that P2P investing (also known as crowdlending/crowdfunding) is gaining popularity worldwide. As the banking industry continue to provide low to negative interest rates for people putting their money into saving accounts, and with many predicting a bear market for stocks and recession in the near future, people are starting to look for alternative ways to invest. P2P investing has emerged as a viable alternative for those with just a little spare cash and others with millions to invest and want to diversify their portfolios. We have listed below some of the pros and cons of investing in the P2P industry:

Pros

  1. High Returns

The number one draw for the asset class is the high returns it offers. Most platforms average around 13% p/a, and it is possible to invest in individual projects that are a lot higher. We have even seen investment opportunities offering returns up to 26%! With the magic of compound interest and rates this high, it would take just 3 years to double your investment. A note of caution however – Investment returns this high are simply not sustainable in the long term and come with a high degree of risk – see points listed in our risk section below.

You might ask yourself why would a business or person taking out a loan pay interest rates this high? The answer is usually a combination of various reasons surrounding ease, time and other. P2P platforms offer a number of advantages over traditional banks, such as:

  • Same day credit decisions
  • Less paperwork involved
  • Short term loans (bridging finance)
  • Marketing opportunities

This provides opportunities for investors to make significant returns by cutting out the traditional middle man (i.e the bank) and businesses can take out loans with short notice – A win win for the investor and businesses.

  1. Passive Income

Many platforms have an auto invest feature – a very effective tool that allows you to set up your investment strategy to automatically invest for you based on specific criteria that suit your investment style. Depending on the platform this could be a very sophisticated strategy where investments are made only after a number of criteria are met, or else a simple strategy where you just select the interest rate you want. Either way, this feature is extremely powerful as it allows you to earn returns with little time needed to evaluate loans individually. Once you have the tool set up, you can sit back and watch the money come in, checking in every once and a while.

  1. Investing local

Most P2P platforms source their investments from their local market. So when you invest in the platform, it is likely that you are helping the local market grow or are supporting a local person that needs a loan for a new car, house, etc. This works well for businesses aswel – by listing themselves on the platform they can have thousands of investors feeling part of a new business project or initiative and investors will be more likely to spend money on this business.

Some of our favourite investments have been investing in an Irish whiskey company and providing a loan to a 72 year old Romanian woman to buy a new car. What other asset classes provide these kind of opportunities??

  1. Liquidity of Investments

Some (and we stress only some!) platforms provide an opportunity for investors to sell their loans back to the platform through a secondary market or selling directly to the platform itself, with a fee. Other platforms provide invest and access features where you can access the money invested almost immediately with the click of a button.

Investors with a short term investment horizon or those that feel they may need immediate access to their funds in the near future should concentrate their investments on platforms with these features. However, they usually come with a cost – investment returns are (generally) lower.

  1. Invest in secured assets

Investing in business loans can sometimes come with an additional layer of security – the loans can be secured against collateral provided by the borrower. This means that in the event the borrower cannot repay the loan for whatever reason and they default, the lender can take the asset and sell it in order to recover the debts. Not an ideal scenario – but it does provide an additional layer of protection for investors.

  1. Diversification

“The only investors who shouldn’t diversify are those who are right 100% of the time.”

P2P is a relatively new asset class that provides investment opportunities outside of the usual stocks, bonds, property, etc investments.  Anyone that follows this blog knows that we know that we will never be right 100% of the time! We aim to diversify our risk by investing in multiple (hopefully uncorrelated) asset classes. This is investing 101 – Spread your risk around by investing in more than one loan originator and more than one asset class. When one is under-performing, hopefully another will help balance things out.

Cons

  1. High Risk

P2P is a new asset class. It is yet unproven to see how it will perform in a recession. Will people and businesses stop paying back their loans or will it result in more people taking out loans and boost returns overall? The lack of a track record makes it hard to forecast the future, only time will tell.

Either way, it is fair to say that there is a very real risk of losing a significant proportion of the money invested, and that investors should employ strategies to reduce their risk exposure. We’ve outlined a few here that could come in handy:

RISKWHAT THIS ISSTRATEGY TO REDUCE RISK
Portfolio RiskEvery P2P platform starts finding itself in trouble– Invest in stocks, gold, bonds, ETF’s, Index funds, etc
Platform RiskOne specific P2P platform finds itself in trouble– Invest in several platforms
– Review financial statements to assess long term viability of company
– Check out Brismo site to gauge investor confidence in the platform
Loan Selection RiskThe loan you’ve selected is not repaid– Only invest in loans that come with a buyback guarantee
– Diversify by investing a max of 10 euro in each loan
Loan originator selection riskThe loan originator listed on the P2P platform goes out of business– Invest in loan originators that score about 50 in our table
– Spread your investments across minimum 20 loan originators
Group Guarantee RiskOne particular entity for the loan originator goes out of business, while the rest of the business carries on as normal– Same as above
– Invest in loan originators that have a group guarantee or stand alone entities with a solid financial performance.
Black Swan EventsAll other eventsBe ready to react. Accept event if you can’t do anything and move on!

  1. Liquidity of investments

Most P2P platforms (particularly business loans) require investors to put their capital away for several months, or even years. In some cases withdrawing capital is not possible, in others it is possible but can come at a fee for investors.

  1. Transparency of data

While some platforms try to be upfront and transparent about Loan Originators listed on their platform (kudos to you, Mintos!) – Others do not provide enough data for investors to really understand the risk of their investments and fully evaluate the opportunities listed.  The industry as a whole is improving thanks to pressure from investors, so hopefully this continues over the next few years. However, at the minute it is fair to say that investors need to take a leap of faith for some opportunities presented to them – not an ideal scenario for those looking to steadily build their wealth.

  1. Cash drag (no investment opportunities)

The more popular platforms are attracting investors quicker than people/businesses seeking investments, and demand is exceeding supply. For some platforms, opportunities are fully invested in within minutes and this leads to cash sitting on the sidelines for some time. Other platforms only have loans listed with a relatively low return as loans with high returns are snapped up immediately. Investors need to be on the lookout for opportunities and ready to invest when the time comes in order to reduce their cash drag and boost returns.

Summary

Well there you have it – the pros and cons of the P2P industry. There are countless more pros and cons that we could have included, but these are the most important for us. Overall we really do like the P2P industry – it is a unique asset class that allows investors with little cash to make some real returns and start their investing journey.

For platform specific guides why not check out some of our other reviews, linked below. You can help support us by using the sign up links below – some of these will also boost your returns:

Platform ReviewAboutAverage ReturnSign Up Bonus!
MintosMintos is the largest P2P platform in Europe and was established in 2015. Company operations based in Riga, Latvia.12.5%1% of average balance for first 90 days
GrupeerGrupeer is a P2P platform that was registered in 2016, launching in February 2017. Company operations are based in Riga Latvia. Grupeer offer two types of loans; loans issued by credit institutions to individuals and loans issued to enterprises. 13.5%No Bonus currently
FlenderFlender is an Irish P2P platform founded in 2015, offering investment opportunities to businesses based in Ireland.10.5%5% of all investments made in first 30 days
CrowdestorCrowdestor is a Latvian based P2P Platform offering high returns for investments in business loans17%<Coming soon>
DegiroDegiro is an online trading platform offering incredibly low rates for stock investingNA20 euro
CurrencyfairCurrencyfair is an online currency exchange platforms offering rates far more favourable than traditional banksNA30 euro once 1,000 euro transferred

Mintos Review

mintos

Mintos was established in 2015. Company operations based in Riga, Latvia with a team of 81 people look after the platform. Mintos is the largest P2P platform in the industry and provides a variety of loan types, with returns averaging 12%.

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Why do we like what we like?

1)     Investment Opportunities

Mintos is one of the largest P2P Lending sites available with over €3BLN in loans funded. There are around 600,000 loans listed in the primary market at any one time on Mintos, almost 60 different lenders and around 30 different countries where loans are made. This provides substantial opportunities to investors to diversify their risk.

2)     Buyback Guarantee

The majority of lenders listed on Mintos offer a Buyback Guarantee, reducing the risk for investors to lose their investment.

What does this mean in practice? A buyback guarantee is a guarantee issued by the loan originator to the investor for a loan, that confirms the loan originator will repurchase the loan from the investor if that loan is delayed by more than 60 days.

3)     Secondary Market

If a loan is not performing as expected, or if an investor simply wants their money back, Mintos provides investors with the opportunity to sell the loan to another investor. Not all P2P platforms provide this!

4)     FX Opportunities

Not all lenders are based in euro! In fact, lenders take loans in 12 other currencies including USD, GBP and RUB. To exchange currency without any fees and an attractive FX rate, I suggest using a platform like Currencyfair or Transfermate rather than Mintos itself, where the rate of exchange and fees are much lower compared to Mintos or a normal bank.

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Why don’t we like what we don’t like

1)     Reliability of Lenders Listed on site

Having reviewed all lenders listed on Mintos, we noticed some inconsistencies on the data available:

  • Only 57% provide audited financial statements. Can we rely on the data provided by unaudited statements? It should be noted however that this has improved from 37% of lenders providing audited financial statements previously. Clearly Mintos are listening to investors and improving where they can.
  • 34% of lenders are not yet profitable, improving from 45%. While it is normal for a new business to be unprofitable for several years, loss making companies increases risk of failure (and ultimately risk of losing investors’ money)
  • 81% of companies have been founded in the last 10 years and have yet to experience a recession. Company failures increase exponentially when credit is tight.

2)     Consistency of financial data available

A common complaint about Mintos is the lack of transparency for loan originators. There is no consistency in accounting standards used, which lets lenders hide the financial data that they don’t want investors to see. We would like to see some consistency here – Have lenders report under IFRS and only accept lenders that have been audited. Otherwise, what stops lenders hiding or manipulating the data they present?

Our own Mintos ratings

We performed a risk rated review of lenders based on the data available and compared this to Mintos lenders. You’ll notice some differences between our ratings and Mintos!

LAST UPDATED: October 2019

Company NameMintos RatingsTotal out of 100AuditedProfitableGroup GuaranteeDo they pay interest on delayed payments?Based on Financial Data
MogoA92YesYesYesNo31/12/2018
1PMA87YesYesNoNo31/05/2018
BanknoteA-87YesYesYesYes31/12/2018
ViziaA-86YesYesYesYes31/12/2018
CreamFinanceB80.75YesYesYesCreamfinance Czech s.r.o.: Yes
Creamfinance Denmark ApS: Yes
Crediton LLC: Yes
SIA Creamfinance Latvia: No
Creamfnance Sp. z o.o: Yes
31/12/2018
CredissimoA-79YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
Dziesiatka FinanseB-79YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
LutecreditB+75YesYesYesYes31/12/2018
ID FinanceB74.83YEsYesIDFinance Spain, S.L.: No
MFO OnlineKazFinance LLP (Kazakhstan): Yes
IDF CAPITAL, S.A.P.I DE C.V., SOFOM E.N.R.: No
Yes31/12/2018
EBV FinanceA-74YesYesNoNo31/12/2018
BB Finance GroupA-72YesNoYesYes31/12/2018
CrediusB+72YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
Everest FinanseA-72YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
AgroCreditA-71YesYesNoNo31/12/2018
CashCreditB70YesYesNoNo31/12/2018
AkulukaB+67YesNoYesYes30/12/2018
Capital ServiceB+65YesNoNo Yes31/12/2018
CreditstarB64NoYesYesYes31/12/2018
Placet GroupB64NoYesNoYes31/12/2018
Watu CreditB64YesYesNoNo31/12/2018
Capitalia B+63.5NoYesCapitalia Finance OU: Yes
AS Capital: No
Capitalia Finance UAB: Yes
No31/12/2018
SimboB-63YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
Kredit PintarB+62NoYesYesYes31/12/2018
VarksB+62YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
EcoFinanceB61YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
AcemaA-60NoYesNoNo31/03/2018
ITF GroupB-60YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
ExpressCreditB-58.5YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
DebifoB53YesNoNoNo31/12/2018
AlfakredytB51NoYesNoYes31/12/2018
KvikuB51YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
Extra FinanceB50YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
LimeB49YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
SOS CreditC+49YesYesYesYes31/12/2018
Mikro CapitalA-48NoYesNoYes31/12/2018
MonegoC+48YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
DineriaB-47NoYesNoYes31/03/2019
NovaloansB+47NoYesNoYes31/03/2019
StikcreditB-47NoYesNoYes31/12/2018
Dineo CreditoB-46NoYesNoYes31/12/2018
DozarPlatiB-43NoYesNoYes31/12/2018
TigoC+42YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
Aforti FinanceC+41YesYesYesNo31/12/2018
PeachyB41YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
Kredit24C+40YesNoYesYes31/12/2018
SeboB-40YesYesNoYes31/12/2018
HipocreditB-39NoYesNoAS Hipocredit: Yes
UAB Hipotekiniai kreditai: No
31/12/2018
Mozipo GroupB-39NoNoYesYes31/12/2018
CashwagonB-38NoNoYesYes30/04/2019
RapidoB-38YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
FireofB37NoYesNoNO31/03/2019
CreditlikemeC+36NoYesNoYes30/03/2019
LFTechB-35NoYesNoYes31/12/2017
EcashC+32YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
DineroB-30YesNoNoNo31/12/2018
KredoC+30YesNoNoYes31/12/2018
LendrockB-29NoNoNoNo31/12/2018
GetbucksB28NoNoYesNo31/12/2018
AlexCreditB-27NoYesNoYes31/03/2019
EstoB-27NoYesNoYes31/07/2019
KukiB-27NoNoNoYes31/12/2018
Zenka FinanceC+27NoYesNoYes31/08/2019
AasaB26NoNoAASA Polska S.A – No
AASA Kredit Svenska AB – Yes
Yes30/06/2017
LengoC+21YesNoNoYes31/12/2017
RapiCreditB-21NoNoNoYes31/12/2018
MetpokpeantB-20NoNoNoYes30/06/2019
TengoB-18NoNoNoYes30/09/2018
EurocentD11NoNoNoYes31/12/2017
BinoB-0NoNoNoYes31/12/2017

How did we do this? We mined the data available, studied the financial statements, and basically looked at all the boring stuff! We rated each lender across a number of criteria, with a higher weighting given to what we considered to be more important:

Do you agree or disagree with our ratings or weightings? Let us know why in the comments!

We have recently updated out rating criteria to include “discretionary” points, allowing us to take a maximum of 20 points off the total scores of lenders. As not everything is captured by the data provided in the Financial Statements, this metric allows us to downgrade lenders for various reasons. In the table above, several lenders have been downgraded for the late release of Financial Statements (there is no reason why we should not have access to 2018 data by now!) and in the case of Aforti, the lender has been downgraded due to recent funding/IT difficulties experienced by the company.

Other factors that may result in a downgrade include recent poor loan performance, negative announcements about the companies or anything really! The idea is to use this metric as a means to downgrade lenders before they release negative Financial Statements, in order to get ahead of the rush to sell.

5 of the Best – The Safest Lenders on Mintos

Although investing always comes with a certain level of risk, having performed our own research we have listed the safest lenders on the site at the minute, and this is where the majority of our capital is invested. Beyond the quantitative measures, we like to focus on qualitative areas such as management team , strategy and processes, details of which we have outlined below.

Why do we care about the loan originators? The loan originators guarantee the loan, not Mintos! If a loan originator goes out of business, your capital is at risk. We believe these companies are stable and have the lowest risk of going out of business

Company NameMintos RatingsOur total out of 100Skin in the GameFoundedAverage Return on InvestmentEmployeesCountryAuditedFinancial Y/ENet Profit in EuroNet Profit Margin %Current RatioDebt to Asset Ratio
1PMA8810%200011.30%180United KingdomYes31/05/20185,621,707 18.731.060.70
BanknoteA-845%200911.20%305LatviaYes31/12/20184,776,590 26.571.550.78
Dziesiatka FinanseB-8410%200113.90%440PolandYes31/12/2018614,665 25.2310.260.56
MogoA837.5%201211.60%275SeveralYes31/12/20184,642,746 8.541.670.91
ViziaA-835%200911.00%305LatviaYes31/12/20184,776,590 114.101.591.00

Background:

A UK bases company, 1PM is one of the strongest and most reliable lenders listed on Mintos. The company has had a number or recent acquisitions (7 in total including 4 in 2017),  and targeting more M&A activity with a buy and build strategy. 1PM focus on lending to SME’s including asset finance, loan finance and invoice finance. It boast an impressive track record of 75% recovery of bad debts with its current credit recovery process.

People:

CEO: Iain Smith joined as CEO in February 2014 and has 32 years of experience, with a variety of CFO and CEO experience. He attended university in the University of York, where he received a BA in Economics and Politics.

CFO: James Roberts joined as CFO in May 2017 and has 18 years experience. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and his background is in the accounting and finance industry, holding a number of financial positions across various companies.

Background:

Based in Riga Latvia, Expresscredit is the parent company of Banknote and Vizia, both of which make our top 5. Banknote provides services including consumer loans, pawn loans, and money transfers, and Vizia focuses on consumer loans. Expresscredit was established in 2009 as a pawn shop, growing ever since and joining Mintos in 2016. Expresscredit holds 5.8% of the market share in Latvia, targeting growth in the consumer loan and pawn loan segments.

People:

Agris Evertovskis (Chairman and Co – Founder) was born in 1984. He graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics is Riga in 2006, worked in the Commercial real estate sector and founded Expresscredit in 2009, where he has remained ever since.

Didzis Admidins is the CEO of the company and a member of the board. He was born in 1984 and holds a masters in Economics.

Background

Polish based company that focuses on personal loans with a lending term up to 2 years. Targeting expansion in new business lines including real estate and car dealerships and plans to expand online and outside of Poland, beginning with Spain. Currently boasts an impressive 3.95% financial loss ratio on loans issued.

People:

Tomasz Bracki (President of the Management Board): Lawyer with 3 years’ experience in Financial Services and another 10 in marketing industry. Joined in August 2018.

Jerzy Mazurek (Vice President of the Management Board): Lawyer and legal background. Previously president of a polish debt collection company, which helps to explain the impressive debt recovery record. Joined in February 2018.

Background:

Mogo is registered in Luxembourg and focuses on vehicle finance leases and sales and leaseback up to 15k euro, with vehicles secured as collateral against the loan. The company currently operates in 14 countries globally, focusing on the eastern European market.  Mogo also provide consumer loans up to 3k euro in Latvia, Estonia and Armenia, where the majority of the loan portfolio is currently based (53% of total loans).   

People:

Modestas Sudnius (CEO): Internally promoted to CEO having worked with the company for over 5 years, starting as the country manager for Lithuania. Previous professional experience includes over 10 years working with international organisations. Graduate of Management program in ISM and holds a masters degree issued by the Stockholm School of Economics.

Maris Kreics (CFO): Joined Mogo in 2015 having come from a financial background, working with PwC for 7 years and in Corporate Finance for 2 years. Maris has obtained the notoriously difficult CFA Charterholder and is a qualified accountant having obtained his ACCA accredited.  

Predicting the next Eurocent – 3 Lenders you should avoid

Who is Eurocent? Eurocent was a loan originator that joined Mintos in March 2017, providing loans from the Polish market. Within 3 months of listing, Mintos suspended Eurocent loans and in 2018 Eurcoent ceased operations and declared itself bankrupt. Investors that had loans with Eurocent are facing loses, even those with a “buyback guarantee” since the loan originator was providing that guarantee. Click here to see the latest on Eurocent.

Eurocent is a perfect example of the risk investors face when investing on P2P platforms. Loan Originators can and will continue to go out of business, leaving investors with a stack of loans that will not be fully repaid. We have risk rated each lender on Mintos in the table above and suggest avoiding those that have scored below 50.

Listed below is the worst offenders on Mintos – i.e. Lenders we believe are most likely to fall the way of Eurocent:

Company NameMintos RatingsOur total out of 100Skin in the GameFoundedReturn on InvestmentEmployeesCountryAuditedFinancial Y/ENet Loss in EuroNet Profit MarginCurrent RatioDebt to Asset RatioOur total out of 100
TengoB-2310201713.90%296KazakhstanNo30/09/2018-309,771 -7%Not GivenNot Given23
BinoB-2210201712.20%24LatviaNo31/12/2017-2,021,063 -127%0.771.2722
GetbucksB225201111.40%800Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, South AfricaNo31/12/2018-9,949,578 -13%0.860.9222

A loss making Kazachstan based company founded in 2017 does not inspire confidence for us as investors. Couple with this, a managing director with just 5 years professional experience leading the company, we suggest avoiding loans provided by this company.

Another loss making company founded in 2017, Bino has not released any financial information since 2017. The founder and CEO graduated from university in 2012 and although he has 10 years’ experience in the Fintech space, it is as yet unproven if he can turn this company into a long lasting venture. The risk here is simply not worth it for us, given that there are less risky investments available.

Trading primarily out of Africa and racking dismal loses of over 8,000,000 euro, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange listed company is trading near all time lows on the stock market. The company seems to be more focused on growth rather than consolidating current markets and turning them profitable, a high risk strategy that we as investors do not want to be part of. Looking at the Financial Statements, it appears that the company is staying afloat by taking on a significant amount of debt (Financial borrowings of over 83M euro, debt to asset ratio of 0.92), and when Getbucks fails to meet some of the covenants attached to these borrowings, it could spell the end for the company.

OVERALL CONCLUSION

OUR MINTOS RATING: 9/10

We believe that Mintos is one of the best platforms available at the minute. For both beginners and seasoned investors, Mintos provides an opportunity to make a very attractive rate of return with an easy to use platform. The fact that we are able to perform reviews such as these speaks volumes to the site – It really is miles ahead of competitors at the minute in terms of transparency and investment opportunities, We suggest investing capital in stable companies with a high rating, above 50 at a minimum – see table above.

We would like to see Mintos continue to set the standard in the P2P industry in terms of the lenders accepted onto the platform, and transparency of financial data.

Wondering what investment strategy to use for Mintos? Or what risks you should be focusing on? Why not check out our investment guide here!

Our friend over at The Smart Investor also created a handy tool that helps to filter through Mintos Loan Originators to help find the one that is right for you – Why not check it out here!

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Grupeer Review

GRUPEER

Grupeer is a P2P platform that was registered in 2016, launching in February 2017. Company operations are based in Riga Latvia. Grupeer offer two types of loans; loans issued by credit institutions to individuals and loans issued to enterprises.  

 

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Why do we like what we like?

1. High Returns

Grupeer provides investors with the opportunity to earn a very impressive rate of return, averaging around 14%. Of the loan originators currently listed, Primo Invest currently provides the highest rate of return at almost 14%, and Credito provide the lowest rate of return at 12%. As always, we recommend investors conduct their own research prior to investing and do not focus solely on return rates, as risk tends to increase with return. 

2. Strong Safety Net

a) Buyback Guarantee (All Loans)

All loans listed on Grupeer provide a Buyback Guarantee, reducing the risk for investors to lose their investment. This means that if a loan is delayed by more than 60 days, the loan originator steps in and repurchases the loan from the investor. As such, investors should focus their attention on the long term viability of the loan originator, rather than each individual loan.

b) Additional Security (Some Loans)

Additional collateral is provided for certain loans. This can be viewed in the ‘borrower details’ section of each loan. Depending on the loan type, collateral can include real estate, a personal guarantee or a guarantee from the parent company of the loan originator, amongst others. We would recommend investing in loans that have this additional security as it reduces loss on default.

c) Skin in the game

All loan originators listed on Grupeer are required to hold a 5% stake in the loans provided. This is a best practice technique seen across the P2P industry and is good for investors, as it aligns their interests with the loan originators.

3. Geographic Diversification

Grupeer provides investors with the opportunity to diversify across a number of geographic locations. The advantage here is that if a particular country is struggling economically leading to an increase in default rates, there is a smaller percentage of capital at risk.

Why don’t we like what we don’t like?

1. Low Liquidity

When an investment is made on Grupeer, capital is tied up for the duration of the loan. There is currently no secondary market or ‘invest and access’ products such as those seen on Mintos (see review here). Grupeer are currently working on introducing a secondary market, expect to see this in Q1 2020. Secondary markets are an important tool for investors that are looking to obtain a return on their capital but do not want their money to be tied up for a long duration.

2. Basic Website

There is a basic feel to the website ergonomics on Grupeer, and it gives off the impression that the platform is playing catch-up to larger players in the industry:

  •  The homepage showing an overview of investment performance lacks detail and can be improved. Grupeer have acknowledged this and have announced that improvements are coming in late 2019.
  • There are no FX opportunities as all loan originators are euro – dominated.
  • The auto invest feature is quite basic and does not provide investors with the opportunity to input detailed settings.

Having said that, it could be argued that the simplicity of the site is actually an advantage for the platform. Setting up a new account is simple and investments can be screened and made with just a few clicks. For people new to investing in P2P platforms and want a quick and easy process, this is a great place to start.

3. Transparency of Loan Originators Listed on Site

Data available on the loan originators listed on Grupeer lacks detail and transparency. All loan originators listed currently have a stated default rate of 0%, which is not an accurate reflection as loan defaults can and do occur often.

Additionally, data such as Financial Statements for loan originators is not yet accessible on the site. Grupeer have acknowledged this and plan to provide additional information on the financial statistics of loan originators from late 2019.

Conclusion

Rating: 8/10

Grupeer provides the opportunity for investors to make a good return on their capital. Their are strong inherent safety nets in place reducing the risk of losing money invested. A few improvements to the site and additional features and there is no reason why the company can’t grow to become a bigger player in the P2P industry.

Click here to invest in Grupeer and earn up to 14% returns!

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