I’ve mentioned previously that I had some money on the crowdlending site MoolahSense. Not very significant, but still a sum of money. I had hoped to peacefully experience the platform, learn the ins and outs and most importantly, get my money back.
One thing I’ve learnt through my career is that – Life never goes as planned.
Of my initial investment of $2,000, I received $733.44 of repayments. If I were to write off the balance of the loan, that would represent a 63.3% loss.
So what can we learn from my $1.3k of tuition fees?
1) Never be greedy about yield
Most people look at the 18% headline rate and go crazy.
18% Return! Pump all my money in!
As investors in Hyflux 6% Perps found out, people can promise to pay you high yields, but there is always a reason for the yields. There is always the risk of going to zero.
2) Check your Risk N Returns before investing
Adding on to point 1, let’s analyse the numbers of the campaign I invested in: 12 months equal installment 18% loans. This is a very common structure on the MoolahSense platform.
- Total Capital: $2,000
- Total interest received if no default: $200.32
- Nominal return: About 10%
This campaign was initiated during a time when MoolahSense had no servicing fees. Now, there’s a 1% fee on repayments, which will drive return below 10%.
Now think about it, would you risk all your money for a meagre less than 10% return?
I would argue no it is insufficient, dang I could earn that percentage on a average year in the market at a much lower risk! You should be demanding 20% return for it to be worth it (maybe?)
3) Diversification is important
When I was looking at campaigns to invest in, I could have put $1k into 2 campaigns instead of $2k into a single campaign to diversify a tiny bit. If I had done that and not been lazy as I was then, I could have saved 1 grand.
Also, thankfully, I didn’t put all my money into MoolahSense so the loss represents only about 1% of my portfolio.
As I’ve mentioned in my earlier post, I’ll be gradually withdrawing from the platform as my other campaigns wind down as the Risk N Returns are simply not enticing to me. Tread carefully with Crowdlending, my friends.
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