Viventor p2p lending platform review
At a first glance, ignoring the yellow colour applied to everything, it just looks like a mini version of Mintos. The same primary and secondary markets, the same auto-invest, even some of the loan originators are the same.
The amount of loans available is decent, and currently, there are 1000 available loans on the primary market and around 4000 on the secondary market. So far, the 5000+ investors on the platform financed loans worth a bit over 60 million EUR.
The interest rates range from 6% to 14% and most of the loans come with a buyback guarantee or payment guaranteed policy. The payment guarantee is actually a better deal than Mintos offers, so an extra point added for Viventor.
- loans come with 6% to 14% interest rate
- most of the loans have buyback guarantee or payment guarantee
- secondary market available
- has a simple auto invest tool to use
- acts as a marketplace for loan originators across Europe
- all loans are in EUR currency
- loan originators are required to keep skin in the game on all the loans they offer on the platform
My portfolio in Viventor
Started investing: December 11th, 2018
Deposits: 153.8 EUR
Current Value: 153.8 EUR
I’m currently testing Viventor so I don’t plan to invest too much in it. The loans I’ve invested in have up to 3 months loan term and they all have a buyback guarantee policy. The interest rates are decent at 10%.
So, what is Viventor
Viventor launched their platform in 2015 and they offer consumer loans, business loans, invoice financing or loans secured by real-estate, issued by 3rd party loan originators across Europe.
All loans are in EUR currency, and the loan term ranges from 1 month to 5 years.
Can I start investing in Viventor
Anyone that has a bank account in the European Economic Area can register on the website and invest. Just fill out the sign-up form, submit a passport copy and a utility bill for proof of identity and address, deposit 50 EUR through bank transfer or Transferwise, and that’s it.
How safe are my investments
As with any p2p lending platform, there’s a risk involved that your money will be lost.
Every p2p lending platform will tell you that. Are you prepared to lose all your money by investing on my website?
As if. Of course, I’m not really prepared, why would I invest 1000 EUR here to get only 10 EUR per month gain if I wanted to lose them? I just hope I’m smart enough and this won’t happen to me.
This being said, Viventor does offer some protective measures for its investors. See below.
Loan originator risk management
Viventor says it’s doing audits on all the lending companies it adds to the site, looking periodically at their financials. I just hope they’re doing a good job.
Most of the loans on the platform come with a buyback guarantee. If the payments are late by more than 30, 60 or 90 days (depending on the loan originator), the loan originator will buy back the loan shares from the investors at the original price and it will also pay the interest owed.
Only a few loans come with a payment guarantee. This means that even if the loan defaults, the loan originator will pay the monthly instalments on behalf of the borrower. So, I’ll have a guaranteed income every month, regardless if the borrower is late with their payments. This is similar to the loans Twino offers, you can check out my review on Twino here.
Skin in the game
All loan originators are required to keep a stake of at least 5% of every loan they offer on the marketplace. This adds incentives to loan providers to do their due diligence when they issue loans.
This only applies to business and mortgage-backed loans. All of these need to provide collateral, and that’s usually some real-estate property. If the loan defaults, the real-estate property is used in order to recover the loan.
So how does the website look like
Some freakishly ugly mustard yellow I don’t know who decided it was a good idea to use.
On the good side though, the website has a nice demo account where you can try out all the features it has before you decide to join. It shows the primary and secondary markets, the auto-invest options, how the loans look like, and a few other things.
The primary market
The primary market interface is a lot simpler than the one from Mintos. There are only 9 filters you can choose from: interest rates, loan terms, loan-to-value ratio, country, loan originator, loan type, status, buyback/payment guarantee and include/exclude loans you already invested in.
The loan page contains a few more details about the loan and the borrower, along with how much the loan originator still has invested in.
Nothing fancy, but there’s no need for much more details.
The secondary market
It looks similar to the primary market and has a bit more loans available here (4000). There’s not much room for speculation on the secondary market though, it only lets you set a maximum of 1% premium on the loans you want to sell.
Anyway, it’s still a good place to exit your investment earlier.
The same 9 filters are available for the auto-invest profile setup. I don’t know if the auto-invest tool will pick up the best loans available on the market or not, the website is only saying it will select the first loans it finds on the primary market.
How are my investments doing so far
I’ve added to my account 153.8 EUR that I invested in 6 invoice financing loans from Netherlands and Poland that should expire in the next 3 months.
I’m interested to see how my loans perform if they’re late with the payments and if they are, how late. I’ll also keep an eye on the platform to see how the loan interest rates vary. When I funded my account, most of the loans had a 10% interest rate, but now there are many with 11.5% rates.
I have mixed feelings about Viventor so far. The number of loans is not too big and the website doesn’t look too great.
On the other hand, it has some good features:
- Loan interest rates are good
- Buyback guarantee also includes the interest payments
- The user interface is a lot simpler to use than the one Mintos has
If you plan to test out Viventor, you could use my referral code EY1994 when registering and get a 10 EUR bonus on registration.