As everyone might know by now, the year has begun with the vanishing of two crowdlending platforms, that have convulsed the European P2P market. Kuetzal and Envestio just disappeared and, allegedly, the money of its investors disappeared with them. The estimated figures are 8 million EUR for Kuetzal and 31 million EUR for Envestio. Estonian police made the following announcement on 31st January, stating they are conducting two criminal investigations and advising affected investors to gather all the information regarding their investments and filing criminal reports to them.
How much did I lose in Envestio and Kuetzal?
If you have been following my blog, you won’t be surprised to know I had investments in both platforms. But, how much money did I lose?
Kuetzal: My total loss is the sum of €5.000 initially invested, and all the (fake) accrued interests (almost €600). I never made a single withdrawal 😭.
Envestio: Although I had €6.000 invested by 31/12/2019, I managed to withdraw a total of €2.150 in January, so my total loss has been €3.850 and all the (fake) accrued interests (almost €1.000).
Together these losses (€8.850) represented 18,34% of my Crowdlending and Crowdfunding portfolio. It’s a hard pill to swallow. When I began to invest in p2p lending I knew it was a very high-risk kind of investment. And I accepted it since my risk tolerance is quite high. But Kuetzal and Evestio were not bad investments at all (which I was prepared for). They were, allegedly, plain scams. And I wasn’t prepared to be scammed. Of course, I’ve started legal actions against both companies. I’ll probably won’t get my money back (maybe a little part of it, if any), but I’ll fight with the rest of the affected investors to make justice.
What have I learned? What will I do next?
After being scammed this way, what am I going to do? Am I going to quit investing in crowdlending and crowdfunding? Absolutely not. I do believe crowdlending and crowdfunding are great investment options. There are lots of trustful platforms out there, and I will keep on investing in them. However, I’ll do more due diligence, choose credibility against high returns, and I’ll be more critic and cautious. I will also stay tuned to the different Telegram groups which have been created as a result of these nasty incidents, where the investors’ community shares relevant information about new projects/platforms and interesting findings that are really useful when deciding to make an investment. And, last but not least, I will diversify as much as possible.
Crowdfunding and Crowdlending Portfolio: Month Overview
Excluding the platforms which vanished with my money, my crowdfunding and crowdlending passive income kept coming steadily like always. Below is my January income chart, with platform contribution, excluding Envestio and Kuetzal. I’ve fixed the amounts of all previous months as well, since I did never withdraw any profits from these two platforms, so all accounted interests were gone.
These are the figures of all my investments in crowdlending and crowdfunding at the end of January (31/01/20), ordered by the extended internal rate (XIRR) obtained in the different platforms from highest to lowest:
In January I opened an account in Iuvo and invested €1.000. As I told you before, my new strategy will prioritize security against high interests. And after doing some research I think Iuvo is one of the safest crowdlending platforms out there.
I’m also balancing risk among the platforms I’m already invested in, reducing my exposition to the ones in which I have a big amount of money invested (even if no concerns about them have arisen so far), and abandoning those which have already shown enough red flags.
So I’ve withdrawn money from Crowdestor (-€419.81, despite its excellent performance, and its so far unquestioned credibility), Crowdestate (-€164.56 since I don’t like the way they have managed some of the projects with problems), and especially FastInvest (-1,793.88 because I don’t feel comfortable to keep my money invested anymore).
Finally, I’ve withdrawn €500 from Swaper just because of cash drag (but it’s still one of my favorites crowdlending platforms).
The TOP 3 of profitability in January was coped by Iuvo (but just because of the welcome bonus since I was invited by another investor), Crowdestor (with an XIRR of 17.31% and €226.93 generated in January) and Grupeer (with an XIRR of 13.79% and 74.95€ returned).
Let’s go for a detailed analysis of each crowdlending and crowdfunding platform’s performance!
Iuvo started in the crowdlending business back in 2016. The main reason why I chose this platform is its excellent customer support, and that all their loan originators have a long track record of a profitable business.
I made a deposit of €1.000 on the 21st of January. And I received a welcome bonus of €30 the 24th. That’s why the XIRR skyrocketed this month.🙃
The next day I opened my account, I received a phone call from an Iuvo adviser who offered to explain to me how crowdlending worked and the use of their platform. In perfect Spanish! I think it’s by far the best customer services I’ve experienced with any crowdlending platform.
Excluding the bonus, I got €4.51 for just 10 days on the platform. Not bad at all! Stay tuned to see the performance of the last addition to my crowdlending and crowdfunding portfolio!
Crowdestor paid €226.93 in January 2020. It’s still my favorite crowdfunding platform. 😍 Although I must say I didn’t like one of its lasts projects at all: “Fur processing company”, 24 months at 26%. Really? 26%??? Not only I find it’s an incredibly high interest (risk must be skyrocketing), but also wouldn’t ever I finance animal cruelty projects/businesses. I hope they will avoid those kinds of projects in the future.
This is my overview panel as of 31/01/2020:
The third position in the profitability table in January is for Grupeer. The accumulated XIRR has slightly increased up to 13.79% (it was 13.78% in December 2019), and €74.95 have been passively generated.
Take a look at my overview panel as of 31/01/2020:
It’s been more than 17 months since I started investing through Grupeer, and I’m really satisfied. Great interests above 13%, frequent cashback campaigns, a very detailed website, with punctual payments!
Mintos moved to the 4th place in January. The biggest European crowdlending platform had a great performance in January, returning €42.57. The XIRR dropped to 13.16% (it was 13.74% in December).
My current weighted average interest rate for EUR loans has gone up to 11.53% (11.18% in December). I’m still trying to decrease Finko’s weight in my portfolio (although it’s already below 25%).
Here you can see the average interest rate of my RUB portfolio:
And these are my accounts statements for January 2020 in the three currencies I invest :
I’ve decided to get rid of my MXN investments, so this will be the last time I’ll post figures in Mexican pesos.
In January, Swaper‘s XIRR upward trend made this platform rise to the 5th position of the profitability table. XIRR reached 12.36% in January 2020. It was 12.18% in December, 11.81% in November, 11.27% in October, 10.94% in September, 10.29% in August, 9.71% in July and 9.02% in June. The Loyalty Bonus (all loans come with a 14% interest rate when you invest more than €5,000) is definitively boosting this platform’s performance for my investments. In January 2020 I got €76.07 passive income from Swaper.
Below you can take a look at my Swaper overview panel and January 2020 account statement:
Viainvest conquers 6th place in January, with an XIRR of 12.07% (12.16% in December). It returned €9.96.
Despite a little bit cash drag lately, I’m really happy with this platform. I think it’s a great option to diversify every crowdlending and crowdfunding portfolio. Take a look at my account balance and account summary at the end of January 2020:
In December Lenndy climbed to the 7th position in the profitability table. I got €14.83 and the XIRR raised to 11.80% (it was 11.27% in December).
Lenndy‘s monthly passive income chart has a very characteristic saw shape and in January we were in the high peak. Here you can take a look at my Lenndy overview panel as of 31/01/2020 and January 2020 account statement:
Despite the irregularity in monthly income, Lenndy is performing very well. After more than a year investing with them, I can say it’s a perfect platform for diversification.
In the 8th position, we find PeerBerry. I’ve been investing in this platform for more than one year so far, and I must say I’m very happy. PeerBerry has a quite long trajectory, and I consider it’s a very good option to diversify any crowdlending portfolio. In January my passive income from PeerBerry was €9.61 and the XIRR was 11.46% (slightly lower than in December, when it was 11.49%).
This is my account summary as of 31/01/2020:
As you can see, the net annual return calculated by the platform is slightly higher than that calculated by me.
Robocash, the simplest and most automatized platform in the market, is in the 9th position in January. If you want to start investing in crowdlending but do not want complicated platforms, sign up for Robocash. Once the initial setup is done, the passive income keeps coming without you having to spend a single second in managing or controlling your investments. Easy and without any cash drag.
I received €38.09 in January 2020, and the XIRR remained almost identical, 11.26% (11.27% in December 2019).
Take a look at my overview panel as of 31/01/2020:
FastInvest descends dramatically in the profitability table to the 10th position. The reason is I finally decided to stop investing my money in this platform since so many concerns and red flags have been arising during the last months. It’s a pity because I think they have by far the best website of all crowdlending platforms. But they insist on not revealing their loan originators, and many believe it’s a Ponzi scheme. After the blow with Kuetzal and Envestio, I’m more cautious, and I will not risk my money.
So I sold almost all the loans I had, which means I lost all the interests already received from them. That’s why in January I got a negative return: -€93.51. That made the overall XIRR descend to 8.83%.
I withdrew €1793.88, leaving my account value with just €65.15. I will be withdrawing the rest of my money as the loans expire.
Estateguru leaves the penultimate position of the profitability table to rise up to the 11th position. But XIRR has increased to 7.84% in January (it was 7.14% in December). Remember this low XIRR is not due to a bad performance of projects, but because most loans pay interests at the maturity date. I got a passive income of €8.83 in January.
This is my Key statistics panel showing January’s profits:
Although I’ve been working with Estateguru just for 6 months, I must say my impression is excellent. All investments are backed by mortgages on the properties and over the years they have managed zero loss of capital.
They stand out by their recovery rate of defaulted loans. They have recovered all of them so far. This platform meets my new standards in due diligence and risk assessment, so I will be increasing my investment in Estateguru very soon
I’m slowly decreasing my positions in Crowdestate. As you already know by now, some of the projects I’ve invested in are experiencing problems.
Pärnu County Court approved Baltic Forest OÜ’s reorganization plan, which gives the company an opportunity to pay off all debts through the reorganization procedure with the help of reorganization measures. Cool, isn’t it? Well… not so much. The payment calendar has been completely rescheduled: I won’t be paid interests again until 30/04/2020, and I won’t recover my principal until 31/12/2026. 💀💀💀. Well, I’ll try to sell my loans in the secondary market (it’s allowed again for this loan), but I’m afraid nobody will buy them in a long time.
Regarding, H.M. Seafood OÜ, the hearing was adjourned to give the debtor time to pay off the debt or agree on a debt repayment schedule. Crowdestate met representatives of H.M. Seafood on 17/01/2020 and they promised to make their proposal for payment of the debt within two weeks.
The rest of the projects I’m invested in are performing well, but I plan to sell them all, if possible. I don’t feel comfortable enough with this platform, so I will try to quit as soon as possible.
After all, the accumulated XIRR until January 2020 was 7.36% (7.53% in December). I received €12.28, some of which was obtained by selling some loans in the secondary market.
Currently, I only have two properties in Reinvest24. One of them (Apartment development in Tallinn’s tech hub) should have been sold months ago, but they don’t find a proper buyer. At the beginning of January, they informed they have decided to make the price lower, in order to speed up the selling process. However, I’m still waiting.
Take a look at my transactions panel:
In January I only got €2.52, and the XIRR dropped to 6.56%.
See you next month!
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