A lot has happened, so it’s about time we had a look at how my investments performed in August 2021.
This update is coming to you from Split in Croatia, where I’ve been having a great time with my wife for the past two weeks. I really love coming here once a year, Croatia has become one of my favorite countries to visit.
Getting back to topic, I’ll once again cover my entire portfolio: P2P lending, stocks in the form of ETFs and crypto. For the first time, I’ll also show you how I generated a bit of extra income last month from some USD I hold for extra currency diversification.
We’ll have a look at how everything performed in August, if I made any changes and discuss noteworthy events all the way up to September 15th.
Please don’t forget that none of this is investment advice, just my personal opinion based on my own experience as an investor.
Alright, let’s start with my largest chunk of investments. I’m of course talking about stocks, which I like to cover via passive ETFs.
In case you’re new, I simply buy a single low-cost exchange traded fund, the accumulating Vanguard FTSE All-World (ISIN: IE00BK5BQT80, Ticker: VWCE) at the beginning of each month.
That’s it, that one ETF enables me to be invested in over 3.600 companies from all over the world.
Let’s have a look at how it performed:
- +2,97% in August
- +20,05% since the beginning of 2021
That’s an exceptional run so far this year. While I’m obviously very happy about the performance, ETFs are long-term investments. There will be plenty of less pleasant bumps along the road!
By the way, last month I mentioned a 50€ promotion that Degiro was running for new users.
Good news, they prolonged it until the end of September! So if you’re still looking for an excellent, low-cost broker to buy ETFs, you can still participate in the 50€ promotion if you sign up via my link and activate your account until September 30th, 2021.
If you do that, Degiro will refund up to 50€ of your transaction fees until November 1st, 2021.
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Let’s move on to my investments in P2P lending.
Here is my platform allocation on the 1st of September:
Here I’d like to reduce Crowdestor and to move some of that money over to other platforms.
Ok, let’s see how each platform did individually.
- Income (August 2021): 54,49€
- IRR: 11,91%
- Invested since: 27.09.2018
Now that Mintos received its license as a European investment firm and electronic money institution, I’m looking forward to their release of the first Notes this month.
Notes are their way of offering p2p loans in the form of regulated financial instruments. Each set of notes will contain 6-20 individual loans and will have its own identification number and prospectus.
The minimum investment for notes will be 50€ each, up from the 10€ minimum we’ve had so far when buying loans on Mintos.
However, since the notes already contain 6-20 individual loans, we’ll actually be able to diversify our investment more easily.
- Income (August 2021): 15,41€
- IRR: 8,83%
- Invested since: 03.04.2019
26 out of 39 loans on Crowdestor are still late and loan recoveries are progressing very slowly. I withdrew 139€ from a repaid loan last month.
- Income (August 2021): 33,13€
- IRR: 14,45%
- Invested since: 21.11.2019
Creditstar, the group of lending companies offering all the loans on Lendermarket, received their consumer credit provider license in Denmark and launched their lending product Monefit in the Czech Republic in August, so we’ll likely see more loans from these two countries on the platform soon.
Sadly they weren’t able to finish their audited financial report for 2020 yet, but that should be coming in the near future as well.
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- Income (August 2021): 24,89€
- IRR: 12,13%
- Invested since: 11.10.2019
The interest rate for all consumer loans on Viainvest was changed to 11% in September.
I didn’t find that too surprising, as interest rates across P2P lending have dropped a bit universally over the past few months. I’ll still happily take 11% on the platform.
Also, Viainvest is in the process of becoming an investment brokerage firm. In light of that, they are trying to remove inactive accounts. Anyone with an account balance below 10€ and no transactions in 3 months will be charged 2€ per month until the account reaches 0 and can be closed.
Don’t worry, if you’re an investor like me, nothing changes for you.
The only way this impacts you is if you have 9€ or less sitting on your Viainvest account and you’re not actually invested into any loans.
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- Income (August 2021): 20,05€
- IRR: 12,82%
- Invested since: 05.10.2018
Iuvo Group’s asset recovery from the Polish loan originator CBC seems to be progressing as planned according to its latest blogpost on the subject, so hopefully I’ll have some good news to share soon! I have 428€ worth of outstanding CBC loans in my account.
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- Income (August 2021): 26,89€
- IRR: 12,62%
- Invested since: 19.01.2021
Robocash has been growing a lot lately. Many investors are just now discovering this platform, which has been sort of an under-dog since its launch in February 2017.
The Robocash Group published its consolidated financial report for the first half of 2021, according to which it generated 15,4 million USD in net profit and over 137,1 million USD in revenue, which is a +43,9% and +144% increase respectively compared to last year.
These are very impressive numbers, I’m feeling very positive regarding the platform’s future.
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Bondora Go & Grow
- Income (August 2021): 7,05€
- IRR (incl. withdrawals): 6,68%
- Invested since: 01.09.2018
- Income (August 2021): 1,87€
- IRR: 7,67%
- Invested since: 12.10.2020
- Income (August 2021): 0€
- Invested since: 03.02.2020
- IRR: 7,32%
I withdrew 406,50€ from EvoEstate, as there were no loans I wanted to buy in August. I had that money lying around after one of my real-estate loans was fully paid back in July.
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My Income From P2P Lending in August
I earned a total of 183,80€ in interest from P2P lending in August. My return on investment from P2P lending was 0,68% for the month.
Bitcoin & Ethereum
Alright, let’s get to the most speculative portion of my portfolio, cryptocurrencies. As a reminder, I try to keep these at around 10% of my total investments, as they carry a lot more risk.
Here’s how Bitcoin and Ethereum performed:
- +15% in August
- +70% since the start of the year
- +39% in July
- +405% since the start of 2021
So far it looks like my assumption that this would be the best performing sector in 2021 was right, but we’ll have to see at the end of the year.
Please keep in mind that these are highly volatile, unpredictable investments, so never invest money you can’t afford to lose!
Speaking of crypto, I also generated a bit of extra income by lending out some USD.
At first I wasn’t sure if I should be talking about this, since I’m not an expert in this field. Yet ultimately, I decided to openly share this part with you as well.
Here’s the deal. I tend to keep some USD for a bit of extra currency diversification, with some of that money being profits I realized from rebalancing my crypto portfolio every once in a while.
I hold these US dollars in the form of USDC, which in my opinion is the most trustworthy stablecoin. It’s issued by Circle and pegged 1 to 1 to the US dollar.
By lending out my USDC, I was able to earn a total of 141,71 dollars or about 120€ in interest using two services last month.
The first one is Celsius Network, one of the largest crypto lending platforms in the world, with currently over $24,3 billion in assets under management.
They currently pay 8,8% interest per year on USD stablecoins.
There, I’m able to margin lend my USD and earn interest on them on an hourly basis. The interest rate fluctuates a lot based on market conditions, but what I like is that I never have to lock my money up for more than an hour, so I can access my funds easily.
Like FTX, Celsius Network also allows me to withdraw my money (or digital assets) whenever needed. This makes these great options to earn some interest on USD I would just have lying around unproductively. At least in my opinion.
If you’d like to check out Celsius Network and support me, here is my referral code:
If you use this code when signing up, you get a $50 bonus paid in Bitcoin after opening an account and lending out $400 or more worth of crypto or stablecoins on the platform for 30 days.
By the way, I thought I’d mention this. Personally, I always select to earn interest in-kind (BTC on BTC, ETH on ETH, USDC on USDC etc.) on Celsius. I’m not a fan of their CEL token. It has performed quite poorly this year and I don’t believe it has a good enough use case long-term.
Just one thing, make sure you turn off spot margin trading in your account, just like I did here. FTX is used by a lot of professional traders, which is why the option is activated by default. I’m certainly not one of them, so I prefer to just turn that option off to avoid mistakes.
That being said, please still always do your own research too. I just want to be open with you and share what I’ve been doing with my own money lately.
Alright guys, that’s all for my investments in August! I know this was a long monthly update, so thank you for sticking with me till the end!
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