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When using Mintos, the P2P investment platform, there are so many investment options available for you to choose. While writing this article, I saw that there were about 150,000 loans in both the primary and secondary markets. Luckily Mintos provides investors with filters that can help you determine where to place your money. I previously explained two different methods to manage your reinvestment – Active Management and Passive Management. A review of these can be found here. If you would like to learn more about the Mintos investment platform, read our review here.
Let me run you through my active re-investment process…
How I Choose High Quality Loans on Mintos P2P
I have to admit, when I first wrote this article I was investing in loans through the Georgian Lari (GEL) as they were paying out over 18% (as you will see in my pictures further down). I do not live in Georgia, nor do I have any family or residence there. My main concern was the 18% that was being offered through Mintos. Since then, GEL loans have dropped their return now only paying out ~16%. However, other loans through Russian Ruble (RUB) and Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT) still payout over 18% p.a.
When choosing loans to reinvest in, you need to think link a bank (as you are the bank in these transactions). Unfortunately, we don’t have the same information as what a bank would, at least not in the same detail, however, similar principles can apply. As the loan provider, you want to maximize your chance of receiving timely investment returns.
Here, I will show you what I look for when selecting loans:
Market – It is important to look at the Secondary Market and the Primary Market to get an understanding on the loans available. I will generally look at the Secondary Market first, as you can find discounted loans that are not available in the Primary Market. Refer to a previous article about why everyone should invest in the Mintos secondary market.
Buyback Guarantee – This is a must unless you are willing to lose all your investments. The buyback guarantee means that the loan originator will pay back your investment if the borrower was to default (go 60 days without payment). You won’t get any interest for that period, but more importantly you won’t lose your initial investment. However, be aware. If the loan originator was to go bankrupt, the buyback guarantee is counted as invalid, and you won’t get your money back. Therefore, it is important to diversify your loans with multiple loan originators.
Amortisation – I select full amortisation as I believe this is much easier to manage repayments. Amortisation is a way of spreading out the loan into monthly payments. Mintos lets you select loans based on full amortization (paid off in monthly instalments), Partial (paid off in big instalments near the end of the loan period), interest-only or bullet (all interest is paid at the end period). When I choose loans, I want to know that the amount is being paid down on a regular monthly basis.
Time remaining – I look for loans between 1 month and 18-month repayment time as it is best to get your money in an out as quick as possible. No one knows what will happen in in 5 years, in 1 year, or tomorrow. I wouldn’t personally want to have my money locked up in 3 or 5 year loans if there was a financial crisis in the world. I also avoid anything with an initial timer period of less than 1 month (unless it only has one month to go) as there is no payment history on the loan.
Payment History – This falls into a several categories, including Past Repayments, Payments on Time and Status
- Past Payments – The more the better. Past repayments show that the borrower is more likely to pay the loan. These show that borrower knows how to use the system, and has put money down to pay off the loan. When I was investing in P2P earlier on, a lot of my investments were in loans with a period less than 1 month with no payment history. Nearly all of these reached “default” status, encouraging me to update my strategy.
- Payments on Time – If you are expecting to receive a certain percentage return on these investments at certain time periods (to further reinvest this money), you need to choose loans that are paid on time. Loans that have multiple payments coming in late, can imply that the borrower is struggling to meet repayments, potentially jeopardizing future repayments.
- Status – As mentioned above, only invest in loans that are current. Filtering out loans that are “late” contravenes the other payment history rules.
Yield to Maturity – YTM is the percentage return to expect on your investment. The amount you select can vary depending on you. I set my amount to an arbitrary number above 10%, however I usually filter my results to show highest YTM at the top of the list.
Investment Amount – As above, this can also vary depending on multiple factors not discussed in this article. I make sure that all of my investments are above “8” of whichever currency invested in. Above 8 means that you will see interest come into your account each month. As the yearly percentage return is split up into 12 separate months, any investments lower than 8 can risk receiving no interest return on some months.
Other things to Think About
How does your country handle tax on your investments?
It could be wise for you to determine how your country taxes your returns as then you can structure your investments accordingly. For example, if you have to pay tax on interest gained alone, it would be good for you to select loans from the secondary market at a discount as the discount amount won’t get taxed. Similarly to cashback offers – If a loan originator offers cash back if you invest in their loans, is this taxed in your country?
These are all questions that you need to ask yourself before determining how you re-invest your earnings.
Investing in Georgian Lari (GEL), Russian Ruble (RUB) and Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT) may look inviting as you can earn in excess of 18%+, however you must think how much it costs to invest in that currency.
If you use this Mintos link to sign up to Mintos, you will receive 0.75% bonus on your average daily invested amount within the first 90 days of registering!
Please note: Before investing in anything do your own due diligence and research. Nothing in this article is financial advice. Just one man trying to share his working and investing experiences!