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Is it really possible to build a passive income stream from P2P lending?
Yes, but it’s not risk free
Social lending and real estate crowdfunding are great opportunities
P2P lending is, at the moment, one of my best tool to create some additional streams of revenue with limited effort
The dream of an automatic income
Automatic income exists, but (I’m sorry to tell you) easy money does not exist at all.
Even money has a price
You must work and learn a profession before you start getting money out of it, so even in this case, the money doesn’t come easily – we know this.
You’re lucky if at least you like your job, otherwise forget it, it’s lifetime torture! Even those who practice “the oldest job in the world” must often bear the unbearable, in order to earn money and to have a comfortable life, whether that’s a man, a woman, or doesn’t identify with a gender.
Make money by scamming others
Often while browsing the internet we find offers to make money online easily, by scamming others. It could seem easy, but it isn’t.
You, who are reading – yes, you right there – are likely wondering what you’d be willing or capable to do?! Good. Let’s see!
Not everyone is willing to invest time, precious free time, to learn something. The majority of us, when we are free, wants to relax. What about something that we’re not familiar with and that forces us to get out of our comfort zone? Never!
I had to invest in something profitable but with a reasonable risk, when some acquaintances of mine from London introduced me to P2P lending.
After some study I realized there was room to generate a additional passive income stream from P2P lending.
- I then examined the available P2P platforms
- I sent out requests for assistance
- I contacted old-time users
- I enquired into financial advisors
- I collected data, stats and information
To invest in social lending is not difficult, and it may be not risk free, especially if you don’t know how to do it.
It takes some of your precious time to set it up, a few minutes, then you can enjoy the revenue once and forever (…long time).
Ops, I forgot, you also need a starting capital and the will to invest long term.
What do I need in order to invest in P2P lending
- An email address
- A bank account
- A medium/high risk appetite
- A starting capital
- A simple strategy
- The patience to wait for the money to grow
Risk/reward in P2P lending
As you can see also in this case (peer to peer lending and real estate online investments), returns are linked to the level of risk and also to the time you are willing to invest to make it to work for you.
Obviously, a higher interest rate is often associated with a higher risk.
There is no “free lunch” unfortunately.
What I am trying to do, is to find the maximum return with a reduced risk. It is possible because I’m doing it, and I’ll tell you how do I try to get it.
Reducing risk won’t bring it to zero.
I don’t like to talk about predisposition and aversion to risk, as there have been written enough books about it (which you should read).
My approach is just the opposite. I go and get the information I want if I need to. What I discovered is that this is possible and it is worth it.
In the investment world happens that advisors and banks may be in conflict of interests. Since we know that, we tend to overweight information coming from outside (news, cousins, neighbors..).
Everyone needs to be informed about the risk they face when they invest but, in my opinion, it is much better if, instead of waiting the information from others, we try to gather it on our own.
Risk/reward in direct loans investing is difficult to understand deeply but there is a strategy. It’s where common sense and game plan meet. The smartest way to lower risk in P2P investing is to not concentrate on a sigle loan, platform, marketplace. Spreading the risk on the safest tools, loans, countries is a good idea.
The difference between P2P lending investing and other forms of high revenue investments
- P2P lending is not rocket science.
- I am the lender and there are borrowers.
- In the middle there are platforms, loans originators and marketplaces.
I believe that if one is willing to understand how P2P lending works, he can get there in a relatively short time.
This doesn’t apply to other forms of investments, especially the most famous ones like trading stocks and currencies.
That’s why I find P2P (informed) investing something at reach of ordinary people that want to invest, but are not willing to study how to do it.
Don’t get me wrong, peer to peer loan investing is absolutely not risk free and is limited only to a part of my portfolio.
Is P2P lending a scam
What I discovered is that there are ways to get information, since the success of the main P2P lending platforms is bounded to their transparency.
Transparency means data, so there are numbers, and numbers don’t lie. People lie.
As I said, P2P lending (and also real estate crowdfunding) is one of those areas in which (almost) anyone can reach a sufficient knowledge to evaluate risk and convenience.
Common-sense will do the rest, if you have any.
The possible returns justify the effort to get informed, since in Euros, they go up to 15% and, in theory, they even go beyond 25%.
I don’t recommend any investment, nor to invest in P2P loans.
What I recommend is to collect information, because there is an opportunity out there and it may be worth understand how it works and decide what to do.
I also recommend not to trust only my voice but to go out there and get more opinions to eventually make an informed decision.
What is good for me may not be good for you.
Never invest in something you don’t understand thoroughly.
Who invented P2P lending
The concept at the base of P2Plending seems futuristic, but if we pause to think about it, it is actually something really simple and old.
In fact, before the invention of banks and financial companies, whoever needed a loan would go to the family and/or the villagers.
He/she would explain to them why they needed the money, and then whoever wanted to would take part in the collection with the promise (or not) of a little or big interest on the capital, once the loan was repaid.
P2P lending as we know it now was created in 2005 in London with the Zopa platform, which is still now perfectly functioning. That was many years ago, so I’d say it’s a good sign.
Since then, with the explosion of fintech companies, that is to say, information technology applied to finance, the aggregators of loans have multiplied.
Dozens of tools, more or less similar to Zopa, have been created, offering varying levels of risk, ethicality, and convenience.
The Baltic countries are leading this revolution, and at the moment, they’re the ones offering transparent and fruitful tools in Euros.
It is important to invest in Euros for me, I don’t want to be subject to the currency exchange risk, which can massively multiply or reduce our results.
Peer-to-peer lending is well explained on Wikipedia, too.
The concept is to bring together the demand for credit of some, with the willingness to lend money to others, without going through the banks.
Actually, not all P2Ps are the same, and many of them are simple aggregators of offers from finance companies of various countries.
Sometimes, these foreign finance companies, offer credit also to those who would not have access to traditional banks offer.
In some case, guaranties in physical goods are requested (or not), which posits the doubt of the ethicality with which the credit is offered, in some countries, to some clients.
Obviously, there is also a good side of the coin, when credit is offered at lower rates than those of the banks, and when those who lend can select business projects in which to invest, and make a big difference.
This is available also in the charity sector (see Kiva).
The feeling of lending money to a tiny business owner in a far country and get repaid is priceless.
In addition to loans investing there are financial technologies that allow me to invest in properties. Now I can buy or rent portions of houses and properties in general without getting … out of your house.
An example of a platform to invest in properties in Europe, (but not very convenient, in my opinion) is Housers. They offer geographic diversification and they apply different legal systems to allow participating to the investment of public retail.
Housers was one of the very first platforms of thes kind, but some investors are reported to be leaving Housers for higher revenue platforms (above all Estateguru).
For now, I will focus on investments that are easy to understand, where we will find more liquidity and even the possibility of leaving before the terms.
For the first time in history, we can function as a bank, assimilating an estimated part of the risk while getting adequately repaid.
Our duty now, is to get the most out of it, to generate an automatic income from it, lowering the risk involved to the minimum. P2P Lending practice is authorized by governments.
A low maintenance automatic income
My goal is to produce a monthly automatic income, and I believe this is an unprecedented investment opportunity (in Euros, too).
Online investing is getting at reach of average people, it is more transparent then before, and automation (if wisely used) can be game-changing.
The biggest P2P players in Europe?
I have an opinion about the biggest P2P platforms in Euros, one of these is Mintos (read why)!
In the UK there are Ratesetter, Founding Circle, Zopa and many more.
Beware! Most British P2P platforms are only accessible to UK resident taxpayers, other American ones (Lending club, Prosper, Upstart) have the same limitation.
Alternative to P2P loans? Real estate!
What about Real Estate investing from the smartphone?
As I already said it is possible to get a share of a property starting from 50€.
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