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How to set up Mintos Auto-invest?
Mintos is different from many other peer to peer tools because it doesn’t have its own loans
Mintos allows retail investors to invest in loans originated by more than 40 lending companies around the globe
There are several loans type available, from short-term loans up to car loans
My job is online trading but I also enjoy pick out loans and P2P tools.
I like comparing benefits and characteristics of every tool, and some years ago I came across Mintos and here I report what I found out.
At that time Mintos was a rather unkown, small and fast growing. Mintos is now a profitable business (data 2018) and is also the biggest P2P lending player in Europe.
This two elements are very important to me. Size and profitability.
Another review on Mintos was not necessary, so what I have I included here is my best set-up and one of my own Mintos strategies
One thing I like about Mintos is that I can spare it a few minutes (one-off), set-up Auto Invest, not having to worry about it for months.
Autoinvest will connect my money to new loans, cashing in interests and reinvesting in a loop. I can also intervene frequently and have a more active role if I’d like.
I had already glanced at Ratesetter, Smartika, Fixura, Blender, Bondora, Lendix, Twino, Funding Circle, and other European peer-to-peer websites, and right from when I was comparing their characteristics, Mintos seemed quite smooth and easy to control.
After some years now I still use it with profit.
How to start with Mintos peer-to-peer?
I started by signing up and making a deposit in Euros, my main currency.
I would not invest in other currencies for now (maybe GBP in the future).
Currencies available are: EUR-GBP-RUB-CZK-PLN-DKK-GEL-RON-SEK-KZT.
At the moment, US citizens cannot register as investors at Mintos. US investors are, however, allowed to invest on Bondora and others P2P lending tools.
What does Mintos do?
Mintos simply connects investors and loan originators of various types and from various countries. It unites numerous lending agencies, and it provides us a considerable and organised collection of loans to take part in.Returns go from 6% up… Click To Tweet
To sum up: someone asks for a loan (for example, they buy a TV in instalments), the lending agency grants it, and then it puts it on offer on Mintos; I can take a slice of it and receive a slice of the interests while the loan is repaid.
Why people are investing on Mintos? High rates? Critical mass? Both?
Mintos has on offer loans from many countries, this allows me to diversify my investments in a geographical sense. I prefer not to invest in exotic currencies since the exchange rate fluctuations can impact a lot on my outcome.
This is what I’ve discovered when I invested on Mintos
I didn’t have to pay for charges.
It’s useless to fool yourself that there is something free in this world, and Mintos is a profit-based business, but a typical fault of banks is to make you pay to invest, then pay to manage, and finally even to pay to exit the investments.
Fintech exists to cut intermediation costs and Mintos seems indeed to try to do that.
Auto Invest, deposit and withdrawal is free. It is natural that there is a risk is associated with such high returns, it would be naïve not to realise that, but in these days and time it is still possible to ride the wave by taking the proper precautions and by continuing to follow this blog, I will let you know in due time if anything changes.
Mintos auto-invest in 1 minute
It’s rather easy to start, I’ve just needed 3 steps:
Insert my information
Make a free ordinary bank transfer to the specified account
Activate Auto Invest
After completing this 3 steps I almost immediately started to see the cash-flow.
To be honest, I was surprised. It was just few euros per day, but it was working. No tricks or misunderstandings.
My money was invested in hundreds of loans in € and the borrowers were paying (to me) the installments.
Principal and interests were flowing to my account and got immediately reinvested in new loans.
After years of investing it still works for me and interests are compounding. That was my goal.
I am able to transfer the money that is not lent to my bank account just anytime. Obviously money invested is not immediately ready. If I want it I have to sell the loans first and then cash in.
No, I didn’t trust Mintos at the beginning, read what I did.
Since I know the web is full of scams, right after signing up I tried to transfer a small test amount back to my bank, just to make sure all worked fine.
All worked properly and so I made my next bigger transfer a few days later in order to get many more loans.
The borrowers pay monthly, but since I have several hundreds loans I receive daily payments from many of them (My account section).
How did I activate Auto Invest?
This is a tool that makes users’ life easier.
The alternative would be buy loan by loan. I set-up the filters as I prefer and the system will do the rest, without additional interventions. This step was smooth, too.
I still keep an eye on my auto-invest settings from time to time, I just make sure there is no cash left on the account (it happens sometimes).
Now Let’s see how I set up Mintos in 1 minute!
My step-by-step process on how I set up Mintos to lower the risk and to optimise revenues Click To Tweet
That’s exactly what I did for my first Auto Invest test that is still working today.
I’ve also built some much more complex and selective setup through my proprietary algorithm, but I’ll not disclose it now. There are much more details in the newsletter and in the e-book.
Everything I do in these steps is reversible and editable in the future, so I am not afraid to make some test portfolios in order to learn.
I set a low limit to my first portfolio knowing I was able to raise it later on. Moreover, I can create many portfolios with different characteristics and I can make them work simultaneously.
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As soon as I open the Auto Invest I have two choices:
- One is “Mintos investment strategies”
- Another is “Custom strategy”
As soon as I open that page I am asked about the currency of the loans I want, I set EURO (11 different currencies are available).
At this stage I can set up more options, and some of this are crucial:
Loans originators. It is important to diversify but also safe to avoid the smallest and weaker lending companies (my own list is on my Peer-to-Peer lending checklist, and updates are found in the newsletter)
Country 22/22. I leave ALL selected. Even if some 2nd/3rd tier countries should pay much more than 12/13% interest ⚠️
BuyBack Guarantee 1/2 I select “yes” only buyback. This will prevent the system to buy loans without guarantee. This measure could lower my revenues a bit. There are really few buyback-free loans in Euros for now, anyway.
Rating. This is a rather new filter. Useful but I prefer to rely on different research, data and testing also outside Mintos
At this stage I can even choose the “loan status” of the payment, and the amortization method.
I like to have “Current” loans and “Full” amortization method.
I have to do this last two setup one-by-one, even though this passage is NOT essential ↓
The other filters require a more complex
evaluation. Most people just skip it at the beginning.
Amongst the last questions, I find the “return rate” I want, and the “loan terms”.
I don’t want to be greedy and setting the minimum return to 7% is ok for me.
I know that setting the minimum beyond 10% will reduce the variety of loans I’m going to get, and diversification means safety.
Safety is always my first concern when investing.
I find it wise to lower the length of months on the scale by moving the bottom pointer a bit (to the left).
This is another measure to lower risk. 80 months are ages in terms of investments. 24 months is a very conservative measure and it could lower my returns and my diversification.
2019 update: Longer durations are not a real problem anymore. Mintos now has a very liquid secondary market where I can sell one or all of my loans.
The last selection has 4 easy questions.
Any name will do, I’ll be able to change it whenever I want, anyway. I normally write some details that make me easy to remember what’s inside it.
Portfolio size can be any number I like
If I will have transferred €10000 to invest all of it automatically, I could create a €10000 portfolio, or two €5000 ones. Or any number I like. I’ll be then able to cancel it or to edit every anytime.
The top-right question, ‘do you want to reinvest?’, asks you if I prefer that the money generated by the system is automatically re-invested in other loans, or not.
This is crucial.
I choose YES because I want the maximum automation on this investment and if I want to enjoy the magic of compound interest.
This allows investments to grow considerably as I generate ‘returns on the return’. In this way, I won’t have non-invested money on Mintos as the loans are “repaid”.
The second question on the bottom-right is “Include loans already invested in”
This is a less relevant point, but I normally select NO. This allows a bit more diversification.
The third question is relevant!
I have to “Diversify across loan originators“, so I opt for YES.
(This is also an achievement. I personally invited in many occasions Mintos strategic department to allow investors to make sure distribution of loans among originators was the widest possible, and having this selection available now does make sure you get this goal).
I need to make sure the total is 100% and maybe overweight the best loans originators.
Who are the best loan originators and the originators to avoid is in the newsletter.
Finally, I will state how the investment should be split. “Investment in One Loan“
The minimum may be €10 or even less, the maximum for me does not exceed €50 (in the right box I set the max).
I accept by ticking ‘Assignment Agreements’, then I press the blue button ‘Save and Activate’.
I’m done! I’m active on Mintos.
Was it difficult? Not really!
I enjoy a growing capital on my account that I monitor from the ‘Overview’ and ‘My Investments’ menus.
Should I opt to get an additional stream of income (instead of piling up the money generated) I should select “NO” when I am asked “do you want to reinvest” in this final step.
This way the money I earn from the loans go into the “available funds” area, ready to be withdrawn.
Mintos is offering 1% cashback program for a limited time.
Should you want to sign up too, this is a current Mintos Promo Code U7Z0PF
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Remember, even if Mintos is a good choice at present, all p2p lending activities are not risk free. Of course Mintos is spelled with an “I” and has nothing to do with Mentos and Mentos and coke…
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