Let’s have a look at how my investment portfolio performed in July 2021.
As usual, I’ll be covering all my investments: P2P lending, stocks in the form of ETFs and my small position in crypto. You’ll see how everything performed, if I made any changes and we’ll discuss noteworthy events all the way up to August 20th.
Please don’t forget that none of this is investment advice, just my personal opinion based on my own experience as a 31-year old investor.
Alright, let’s start with my investments in stocks in the form of ETFs, making up around 60% of my portfolio:
I haven’t changed my very simple ETF strategy.
I just buy a single low-cost exchange traded fund, the I just buy a single low-cost exchange traded fund, the accumulating Vanguard FTSE All-World (ISIN: IE00BK5BQT80, Ticker: VWCE) at the beginning of every month. It allows me to easily diversify my investment over more than 3.600 companies from the entire world.
My wife and I also own some xTrackers MSCI World ETF shares, from all the way back in 2017. This ETF normally only pays out dividends once a year, which it already did.
Yet, for some reason, it distributed more dividends in July. This means we received an additional 84,94€ in dividends, bringing our yearly total up to 911,75€ so far.
Here’s how our ETF performed:
- +0,54% in July
- +16,59% since the beginning of 2021
There is no way I could have predicted such a strong performance in 2021, this is definitely out of the ordinary.
Just remember to treat ETFs as a long-term investment (so 5-10 years or more), we will see periods with corrections and negative returns as well.
Also, make sure you check out my recent video where I specifically talk about accumulating vs. distributing ETFs. I had a lot of fun recording it, especially the part in the middle, where I compared two investors. I know it’s hard to tell, but both those people are actually me. I know, crazy right?
Anyway, the choice is not as easy as you may think, and you might come to a different conclusion for your long-term investments after watching it.
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If you do that, Degiro will refund up to 50€ of your transaction fees until November 1st, 2021.
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Ok, let’s talk about my investments in P2P lending.
Here is my platform allocation on the 1st of August:
I’m still planning to reduce Crowdestor and to move some of that money over to other platforms.
Let’s see how each platform did individually:
- Income (July 2021): 49,20€
- IRR: 12,00%
- Invested since: 27.09.2018
My funds in recovery remained the same on Mintos. The platform also added several new loan originators, something they didn’t do in a while.
Mintos Is Now Officially Regulated!
However, they announced some fantastic news on August 19th. Mintos is now officially licensed as a European investment firm and electronic money institution!
We’ll go into more detail about what all of this means in a separate post soon. Until then, you can check out the AMA Mintos hosted two days ago on YouTube, where they answer questions regarding the new regulation.
- Income (July 2021): 26,70€
- IRR: 9,08%
- Invested since: 03.04.2019
Crowdestor introduced Crowdestor Flex last month, offering investors to earn a fixed 12% interest rate, while being able to withdraw money at any time.
To me that sounds a bit too good to be true, so I won’t be using it until they improve their track record by recovering money from all the loans that are late in my portfolio. Until that happens, I’ll keep withdrawing money from my account.
27 out of 40 loans in my account are currently late.
- Income (July 2021): 32,17€
- IRR: 14,40%
- Invested since: 21.11.2019
Creditstar, the group of lending companies offering all the loans on Lendermarket published its interim report for Q2 2021. According to the financial report, the loan originator earned a net profit of over 2 million euros last quarter, which is great to see.
That being said, they still need to publish their audited financial statements for 2020, I’m hoping those will be done soon.
- Get 1% cashback on your investments on Lendermarket after 60 days by signing up via my link.
- Income (July 2021): 22,78€
- IRR: 12,16%
- Invested since: 11.10.2019
Viainvest announced some great news on August 10th.
Just like Mintos, they will also become a regulated platform, as they will also be getting an international brokerage firm license in a few months!
- Get a 10€ signup bonus on Viainvest via my link.
- Income (July 2021): 20,79€
- IRR: 12,90%
- Invested since: 05.10.2018
- Income (July 2021): 26,82€
- IRR: 12,62%
- Invested since: 19.01.2021
Bondora Go & Grow
- Income (July 2021): 7,01€
- IRR (incl. withdrawals): 6,68%
- Invested since: 01.09.2018
- Income (July 2021): 11,21€
- IRR: 8,04%
- Invested since: 12.10.2020
I’m happy to share that one my three real-estate backed loans on EvoEstate was fully paid back in July!
- Income (July 2021): 73,34€
- Invested since: 03.02.2020
- IRR: 7,55%
My Income From P2P Lending in July
I earned a total of 270,28€ in interest from P2P lending in July. That means July was my best month since January, with a 0,99% return on investment from P2P lending for the month.
Let’s get to the last, most speculative part of my portfolio. I’m of course talking about my investments in the two crypto assets Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Bitcoin & Ethereum
Since this part of my portfolio carries the most risk, I try not to have more than a 10% allocation to this sector.
Remember last month, when everyone was feeling fearful? Well, just like that, things seem to have changed. The market sentiment has once again turned bullish and now people started making crazy price predictions again.
Here’s how my two investments performed:
- +21% in July
- +48% since the start of the year
- +17% in July
- +270% since the start of 2021
So even after the sudden price drops at the end of May, this sector is not doing too badly so far this year.
Please remember that these are highly volatile, unpredictable investments, so never invest money you can’t afford to lose.
Alright guys, that’s it for my investments in July!
I hope you’re having an amazing summer.
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