Welcome to my portfolio update for March 2021!
Even though my blog is called P2P Investing Europe, I’m a strong believer in diversification. That’s why like every month so far in 2021, I’m using these monthly updates to share with you how all of my investments performed. These don’t only include P2P lending, but also ETFs (stocks) and a small position in crypto.
As usual, we’ll also discuss important events that happened as well as my opinion regarding the Coinbase stock, which went public yesterday.
Just please remember that none of what I write is investment advice, just my own opinion based on my personal experience as an investor.
Let’s start with where most of my investment portfolio, or close to 60%, is allocated. I’m of course talking about stocks, in the form of ETFs.
I like to keep my long-term investment strategy into the stock market as simple as possible. My wife and I only buy a single, low-cost exchange traded fund, the Vanguard FTSE All-World (VWCE), at the beginning of every month.
Via the ETF we’re able to invest into a diversified portfolio of over 3.500 companies from all over the world.
Now that you know my fool-proof one-ETF strategy, let’s see how it has been performing as of late:
- +6,27% in March
- +9,60% since the beginning of the year
As you can see, the stock market is having an extremely strong year so far!
I still can’t believe how quickly the market recovered from the crash in March 2020. To put things into perspective, as of March 31st, 2021, we’re up over 60% from the low a bit over a year ago!
Just remember that the stock market doesn’t only go up in price, we’ll also see months or even years with negative returns. So treat ETFs as a long-term investment and not something to jump in and out of.
Talking about ETFs, I finally published my broker comparison for European investors. So if you haven’t seen that yet, you can find it here:
My wife and I also received some dividends a few days ago, from the distributing version of the All-World ETF, which we’re still keeping in our brokerage accounts. But that will be part of next month’s update.
Here is my P2P platform allocation right now:
All in all, I’m happy with this distribution. The only exception is Crowdestor, which I would like to reduce to about half the size it is right now.
Since I get this question a lot, I’m still using the free tool Portfolio Performance to track my investments in P2P lending. Here is the guide I created a while back:
Let’s have a look at how each platform performed and discuss noteworthy events.
- Income (Mar. 2021): 72,35€
- IRR: 12,42%
- Invested since: 27.09.2018
I withdrew 552,36€ from Mintos in March, to get the account closer to my target of 7.500€, which I now accomplished. Sadly, my funds in recovery haven’t moved, hopefully that will improve over the coming months.
On a more positive note, funded volume on Mintos grew by 26% in the first quarter of 2021.
- Income (Mar. 2021): 72,71€
- IRR: 9,78%
- Invested since: 03.04.2019
My income on Crowdestor was a lot better compared to February, but I’m still planning to reduce this platform to around 2.500€ for the sake of diversification.
24 out of 42 business and real-estate loans are late right now in my account.
- Income (Mar. 2021): 30,55€
- IRR: 14,24%
- Invested since: 21.11.2019
- Income (Mar. 2021): 24,28€
- IRR: 12,23%
- Invested since: 11.10.2019
- Income (Mar. 2021): 20,57€
- IRR: 13,23%
- Invested since: 05.10.2018
- Income (Mar. 2021): 27,67€
- IRR: 11,59%
- Invested since: 19.01.2021
My interest income on Robocash doubled in March, making this my best month so far on the platform.
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Bondora Go & Grow
- Income (Mar. 2021): 6,86€
- IRR (incl. withdrawals): 6,67%
- Invested since: 01.09.2018
- Income (Mar. 2021): 0,93€
- IRR: 5,85%
- Invested since: 12.10.2020
- Invested since: 03.02.2020
- IRR: 0,46%
Sadly, due to delays, I’m still waiting for two full loan repayments (incl. interest) on EvoEstate. According to the latest update, I should receive these soon.
My Income From P2P Lending in March
I earned a total of 256,21€ in interest from P2P lending in March, which is a 0,96% return on investment for the month.
Bitcoin & Ethereum
Let’s get to the last and most speculative part of my portfolio. I’m of course talking about my 10% portfolio allocation to cryptocurrencies, mostly consisting of Bitcoin (70%) and the second largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum (30%).
What can I say, March was another incredible month! Here is how the two digital assets performed (in €):
- +24% in March
- +108% since the start of the year!
- +30% in March
- +170% since the start of the year!
That’s just mind-blowing, especially since we usually see crashes a lot more often in this highly volatile space.
Once again let me remind you that this is a highly risky asset class, where prices can go down just as quickly as they shoot up, so never invest money that you can’t afford to lose.
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Coinbase Went Public – Am I Buying the Stock?
Coinbase, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world, went public yesterday (April 14th) on the NASDAQ.
Because of the current crypto hype, the company’s valuation is quite high. Personally, I don’t buy individual stocks, as I prefer my simple, passive one ETF strategy.
However, if I was buying single stocks I would probably wait for the crypto market to cool off a bit and to have a major correction, as I’m sure the Coinbase stock price will be heavily affected by that as well.
And when that happens, the company could represent a decent investment opportunity for stock investors.
Either way, none of this is financial advice, so please do your own research. I just wanted to mention my own opinion regarding the listing before any of you asked me about it.
Alright, that’s it for my investments in March!
Another very positive month, let’s see how the rest of the year goes. I’m sure it won’t always be this smooth of a ride. Either way, I’ll let you know about everything that happens!
Thanks for watching and until next time!
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Disclaimer: Investing involves risks of losses. You should always do your own research before investing into anything. Also, some of the links are affiliate links, which help support me, the website & YouTube channel. I only link to services I use myself, none of them are sponsored.
What is your view on Crowdestor? They seem to be struggling a bit filling the projects.
Did you invest in equity campaign?
Hi Matt, in my opinion they have to prove themselves right now with how well they handle fund recoveries from projects with long delays, to regain investor confidence (me included).
I didn’t participate in the equity campaign, did you?
Yes, I did participate in the equity rounds. Although I believe in the platform and really want them to succeed, I also believe they need to prove themselves.
Hi Angelo, thanks for the great content as usual. I came across Anchor Protocol which is offering a 20% savings type account. I was wondering if you are also looking at options of this type. In the past six months the number of AltFi and DeFi options seem to be growing exponentially.
My pleasure Joseph! Yes, I’ve been dabbling in DeFi a bit over the past few months as well, but I haven’t used Anchor, as I’ve yet to understand how they generate yield (and if the USD-peg is guaranteed).
I’ve also been doing a bit of USD margin-lending on FTX and some staking on Binance, but I didn’t feel confident enough to share this part publicly yet 🙂