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How to effectively protect yourself from investment risks?

Risk/Reward

 

Every time we think about the idea of making investments, the first thing that automatically comes to mind is the notion of risks.

This way of thinking is typical for the field of investments and is much less present in our normal, everyday life.

Or not…?

How present is the concept of “risk” in our lives?

Obviously, certain risks normally exist for us no matter what we do, only we don’t think about them all the time and we don’t worry too much.

Because they are quite small, and most of the time they are even EXTREMELY small.

For example, how many times do you happen to climb the stairs and fear that you might stumble and break a leg? Or how many times do you walk down the street with fear of having a serious accident?

Probably quite rare…

And yet, such accidents happen, because we hear about them many times and we even see them on TV.

However, they are very rare (thankfully!), So it would be abnormal to live our lives in constant fear of them, always thinking about these risks and everything that could happen.

In terms of investments, however, the way of thinking is exactly the REVERSE!

Every time we are interested in a certain investment, we must analyze very carefully the situations in which things could go exactly the opposite of how we hope.

What would happen in those cases, how we would react to an adverse scenario, how much we could lose – all this must be part of our plan from the beginning.

For the simple reason that sometimes these investment risks do occur, no matter how carefully and inspiringly our initial plan was made.

Therefore, the question we need to ask ourselves is not “IF” but, rather, “WHEN” the risks associated with each investment will occur.

It is very important to find out the answer to the question “HOW MUCH” can we lose if those risks occur. Because depending on this answer we know how to plan and manage our investment correctly from the beginning.

In any investment, the main concern related to risks is that, in case they occur and we have losses, they should be as limited as possible.

Because all investors, absolutely ALL, face these investment risks and therefore sometimes incur losses.

Even the famous Warren Buffett, probably the biggest investor of all time, constantly in the top of the richest people in the world, reported a significant loss a few years ago as a result of his investment in Tesco.

What is interesting is that, although in absolute terms this loss seems huge (being several hundred million dollars), in fact it represents only about 0.2% of the net value of the company run by Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway).

In fact, over the last 50 years, Berkshire Hathaway has once lost 2%, with the rest being less than 1% of its net worth. These impressive results confirm that the winning strategy is to keep the risks to a low level, and therefore the potential losses.

How can you effectively protect yourself from risk?

Self-knowledge and study are the most important elements when it comes to investing.

If you understand how you react to risks and potential losses, it will be much easier for you to build a portfolio that fits your risk profile and helps you achieve good long-term results.

Here are 4 things you should always think about BEFORE making a certain investment, so as not to expose yourself to too much risk:

1. How much can you afford to lose?

How much money do you have available for these investments? And, most importantly, how many of them could you lose without significantly affecting your portfolio (or even your standard of living)?

In addition to answering these questions, you need to think about whether you are comfortable with the fact that you will make those amounts unavailable for a certain period of time, specific to each investment.

2. What is your time frame?

The time frame for which you intend to invest is directly related to those risks that you are willing to accept.

The longer you invest for the longer term, the more chances you have of recovering from any declines, so you could take, at least theoretically, higher risks.

On the other hand, as you get closer to your goal (eg financial independence), you need to prepare your portfolio properly so that you decrease the total level of risk you take.

3. How well do you know the investment you want to make?

The main risk of an investment is the investor himself. Or, as Warren Buffett says, “Risk exists when you don’t know what you’re doing.

So, before you embark on a particular investment, get seriously informed and try to really understand how that investment works.

What are the main risks? What might not be going well? What are the positive scenarios and what are the negative ones?

And, most importantly, what will YOU do in each of these scenarios?

Once you find the answers to these questions, it will be much easier for you to make a concrete plan, which you can implement when the situation demands it.

4. How do you deal with these risks emotionally?

Your emotional ability to cope with change, unforeseen and potentially dangerous situations is very important.

If riskier investments stress you out and affect your daily life, you should probably turn to lower risk instruments.

Even if it is said that high profits are usually brought by investments with higher risks, you should know that there are enough profitable options to invest with medium or even low risks, so that, in the long run, you do not end up ruining your life and the health.

IN CONCLUSION, you can reduce the risks of your investments by investing:

– in a diversified portfolio, with investments that you understand

– which is adapted to your risk profile

– long-term and very long-term

– investing regularly, amounts with which you are comfortable.

This way you will be able to build an investment plan to help you get good profits, in conditions of limited risks.

HeavyFinance crowdlending platform overview

HeavyFinance

HeavyFinance opened a completely new asset class for retail investors – loans backed by heavy machinery. This is the first crowdlending platform in the world focusing on heavy equipment as collateral to make investments more secure.

HeavyFinance was founded in 2020 by four experts in different fields such as heavy machinery, finance, marketing and project management. Two of the co-founders are serial entrepreneurs who established successful companies like Finbee, Nova rent and Litrental.

HeavyFinance is supervised by The Central Bank of Lithuania under the track of crowdfunding platform operators. The Central Bank of Lithuania is one of the leading central banks in the world taking active monitoring and regulating efforts as well as fostering innovations in the financial sector.

Investing on HeavyFinance is available to anybody over 18 years old, while the company has some geographical restriction for borrowers. HeavyFinance is focusing on issuing loans to entities based and operating in European Union with primary focus on Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal and Bulgaria.

On HeavyFinance people can start investing from 100 Eur.

Loan period usually varies from four months to three years. However, if you want to sell the part of your investment portfolio earlier, you can do it on the secondary market.

How is the risk measured?

First of all, people can choose to invest in loans depending on the risk they are willing to take. Risk levels are indicated by letters A (lower risk), B (medium risk) and C (higher risk). Consequently, while you could earn up to 14% interest rate by investing in C risk level loan, A risk level loan would bring you around 10-12% interest rate depending on the amount you’ll invest.
Talking about the risk assessment in more detail, these are the main criterias HeavyFinance looks at:
● Financial statement for past 2 years;
● Balance sheet;
● Cash flow statement;
● Reputation of business owner;
● Loan-to-value ratio;

As of today, the platform already helped people to invest more than €1M in loans backed by heavy equipment and arable land with 12,14% average return on investment. Furthermore, the platform didn’t have any defaults so far.

Don’t forget: if you register through this link  you get 2% investment bonus as long as the investment is active with HeavyFinance for a 30 day period from the investment date.

For other bonuses visit our Cash-back & Bonuses page.

 

The “secret” to reaching the first 1000, 10000 and 100000 EUR / USD

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Most people get stuck until they reach the first 1, followed by a few zeros of  earned /saved/invested money, and they stay in the “start” area for the rest of their lives, taking it over and over again from the beginning.

This is why most people do not become financially independent and do not truly achieve financial prosperity.

The first 1000 EUR invoiced from the new business;
The first 10,000 EUR invested on the stock exchange;
The first EUR 100,000 in the personal portfolio;
The first studio for rent;
First salary / bonus etc. of EUR 3000 (the example is relevant, even if it does not start with 1)

The effort to reach the first 1, followed by a few zeros, is enormous and many give up along the way. What they don’t know is that after you hit a 1 followed by a few zeros (2,3,4 etc.), the rest of the zeros are much easier to reach.

After 10 years of struggling to reach a portfolio of 100,000 EUR, most likely up to 200,000 EUR could take you much less, up to 300,000 EUR less and so on.

The same applies to investments. You can constantly invest 200 EUR per month, without seeing a big difference in the portfolio, until, at a certain moment, the compound interest intervenes and your portfolio grows rapidly.

 

The graphic result is more than clear:

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200 EUR invested monthly for 20 years at 10% interest

The result is:

Calculation result

Result after 20 years

The graph “speaks” for itself:

Balance after 20 years

Balance after 20 years

So don’t get lost on the road, but continue at maximum acceleration, until you reach that goal of 1 followed by a few zeros.

After that point, things will become easier, automated, routine.

So the “secret” is that there is no secret: all that is needed is discipline, patience and time.

Nibble investment platform overview

Nibble is a financial platform that connects investors and lenders throughout Europe. The investment guarantee is much safer because the loans are issued by the companies which are part of the IT Smart Finance Group which are

joymoney
RURussia
ESSpain
MXMexico 2020

The Joymoney brand has been working in the field of alternative loans since 2014. The company is based in Russia and operate in Russia and Spain. Mexico’s operation is scheduled for 2020. Joymoney’s mission is to provide their customers with the opportunity to solve their financial difficulties quickly and safely. The company use their own innovative developments, including patented software solutions, big data analysis, scoring model system and risk management solutions.

Nibble offers two type of loans:

  • Short-term loans (PDL):
    • Loan amount – up to € 500;
    • Loan term – up to 30 days;
  • Installment loans: (Installment):
    • Loan amount – up to € 1000;
    • Loan term – up to 90 days;

Nibble is based on the «Peer 2 portfolio» model. Nibble offer investors the opportunity to invest in alternative loans simply and safely. Nibble offers investors a Buyback guarantee even if the loan is past overdue more than 60 days.

Nibble allow investors to create an investment portfolio in a fully automated way. The investor can establish the portfolio parameters and preferences like the minimum and maximum investment amounts, countries to invest, etc.

One of the main Nibble’s features is that it offers investors a return on investment of up to 12%, exceeding the average profitability of the market.

How does Nibble work?

Nibble is a financial platform and a part of IT Smart Finance holding group. The platform allows individuals and legal entities to invest in given loans, issued by companies of the holding, which have a long experience on a loan market.

Nibble structure

Every client who receives a loan passes a multi-level verification system and receives a scoring assessment on the solvency related to their credit history. From the total amount of applications, the level of acceptance for primary clients is 10%, which allows the company to control risks and ensure repayment.

If the loan is on delay, the company that issued the loan guarantees to buy it back on the 61st day (Brands Joymoney RU, Joymoney MX, Joymoney ES).

Nibble is responsible for the security of transactions, safety of money in investor`s personal account, and provides protection of personal data.

During its active time, the loan will accure the percentage of yield as agreed. By the end of the term, the client has the option to choose from any of our reinvestment alternatives and increase their income. By doing so, the money will be reinvested automatically in new loans. Every individual and legal entity in Europe, including the countries of EU (Switzerland and Britain) can become an investor.

How to start investing on Nibble?

To become an investor in Nibble P2P platform is fast and simple.

If you reached the age of majority and have a bank account in any country in Europe you can be an Investor on Nibble, you just need to register and verify your identity. Nibble works in most European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

You need to register to start investing and earning income on Nibble. After the registration, you can deposit money to your account starting from 10 euros. Then, you can create an investment portfolio by choosing the necessary options and become an Investor!

Currently, the maximum deposit limit on Nibble is 10,000 € per month.

If you invest for the first time at Nibble don’t forget that you can get 1% cashback bonus for the investments made in the first 90 days.

 

 

What to do: pay off the credit or invest for passive income?

Pay off the credit or invest for passive income?

I saved a certain amount of money and I manage to keep saving month by month, what do I do? Do I pay off my credit or invest to generate higher income in the future?

Probably many of you have at least one mortgage loan and/or one or more consumer loans (if you read this article) and at the same time you have started to accumulate some financial reserves and may have thought or even started to put the money to work. In this context, you may also think about the fact that interest rates may rise, a crisis may occur at any time and at the same time you can see the good profits that have been made and are made from real estate investments, stock exchange, cryptocurrencies and business.

In all this context, it is normal for the answer to the question to pay the credit or invest the money to be complex, with many variables and uncertainties, but also so important. Basically the answer can guide your financial strategy for several years.

Let’s begin!

Before I should ask myself if I pay the credit or invest, there are some things we have to check:

  • If there are debts from credit cards and overdrafts with interest rates above 15% -20%, those should be paid before we think about investments;
  • Consumer debt, car etc. – we should focus on them and pay them in advance before investing;
  • We fail to save constantly – focus first on building this habit;
  • Reserve fund to cover living costs for a period of 6-12 months.

Before you have all the above checked, you should not even think about starting investing.

Any consumer credit used for the acquisition of liabilities should be paid as a priority. Real estate and investment loans (those used to purchase assets) are the ones we can doubt whether we will pay them in advance or not.

We will talk specifically about real estate loans, to simplify and make the analysis relevant, but we can have the same analysis process in the case of a non-real estate investment loan.Well, now the question that remains is: Do I pay the real estate loan or do I use my future reserves and savings for investments?

Economically speaking

From an economic point of view, we will compare the actual effective interest rate of the loan with the expected net return on investments.

For example, we have an interest of 5% on the mortgage loan and

a  return estimated by us of 10% of the investment in shares (historical average yield)

or

we find an apartment at a very good price and with a rent yield of 8%

or

bonds with 9% interest

and so on….

So we have on one hand a 5% safe interest vs. a yield estimate of 10% or 8% or 9%.The decision may seem obvious – at such a yield differential, in 20-25 years you pay the property 2 times.

But the decision is simple just at first sight and it becomes more complex when we go deep. Why? Because the interest rate on credit is safe (if it is 5%, it is 5% no matter what I do) while the return on investments is always an estimate.

Estimate because:

  • The stock market may no longer perform in the next 10 years as in the past or you catch a very weak interval;
  • The yield on the rental property may decrease, or it may not be at all, unless you have a tenant or you find a structural problem of the construction;
  • The issuer of the bond can go bankrupt and you lose all the money.

There are risks that you must take into account to adjust the returns on investments with the percentage of risk. Professionals always calculate their adjusted return on an investment. The calculation is very complex and has many variables. But for the sake of simplification we can estimate a differential for the degree of risk. For example: -1.5% for a very good real estate, -2.5% for small and medium-sized companies bonds and -3% for blue chips shares.Thus, we now have a comparison between + 5% credit payment and (10% – 3% = 7%) for shares; (8% -1.5% = 6.5%) for real estate and (9% -2.5% = 6.5%) for bonds.

Now it’s a little clearer. We know that up to a loan interest rate of 6.5% or 7% we can invest without problems, but if the interest exceeds these levels it becomes more profitable to pay the credit.

Of course, the calculation is relevant depending on how well we made our estimate of future profits.

Many investors and business owners maintain their long-term loans, knowing that they can generate higher long-term returns with the same amount of money. This is the case of many smaller or larger entrepreneurs, it is the case of those who invest professionally or even those who invest passively in the long term.

Obviously, a solution would be to make more risky and / or more active investments that can bring higher returns, but in this case you really should know what you are doing.

Important is to make your calculations as well as you can, because, after all, nobody knows the future.

Psychologically

The need for survival/safety is lower (and stronger) on Maslow’s pyramid than aspirational needs. From here comes a degree of stress that will make you quite conservative in investments when you have unpaid loans.

Emotions are not good in investments.

To make a decision:

  • Do your calculations – see economic analysis above;
  • Calculate your risk profile;
  • What decision would make you unable to sleep at night?;
  • How would you feel about paying off your debts? But what if you didn’t pay them?
  • How would you feel if you invested in passive income? But what if you didn’t invest?
  • How would you feel if you paid your credit with 5% interest and the stock would have a 50% yield that year, which you would not benefit from? But if you did not pay your credit and invest in the stock market, and the stock market would fall by 50% that year? Which of these 2 options would most disturb you?

When choosing whether to pay your credit or invest/accumulate reserves you must take into account both the economical and psychological aspects. Both are important, but more important are the psychological ones, because they have the power to sabotage you.

Finally, if you are still not cleared how to proceed, you can choose the middle way and use the amounts saved according to the formula: Invest = (10 – Credit interest rate) and with the rest pay the credit. That is, if the credit interest is 4% and you save 1000 EUR per month, you pay in advance (or you set aside to pay in advance) 400 EUR and you invest 600 EUR.

Simple, right?

Get 15 EURO cashback bonus from EvoEstate

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UPDATE: The 15 EUR offer is no longer valid. The new offer for new registered participants is 0.5% cashback for 6 months after the first investment. You can register here for the new offer.

EvoEstate informed that a new cashback opportunity is available at the platform to all new registered participants.

Every new investor who register through this link at EvoEstate and invests 50€ (or more) will get a 15 EURO cashback bonus on their EvoEstate account.

For other bonuses visit our Cash-back & Bonuses page.

 

EVOEstate makes it easy for investors to access a variety of real estate investments with a relatively small amount of capital. The minimum amount for investment is €50, which enables investors to create a diversified portfolio. All loans are secured with a mortgage.

EVOEstate does not give out loans directly to the developers and it sources deals from other project originators, this enables to provide a many different types of deals in multiple countries. Consequently, EVOEstate founding team invests into deals theirselves and has skin in the game on deals they provide.

New investment project announced by Brickstarter – Santiago Terry – Cadiz

Brickstarter logo

Brickstarter announced today that it is preparing to launch a new investment project in Spain: Santiago Terry – Cadiz.

Brickstarter - Santiago Terry - Cadiz

Brickstarter – Santiago Terry – Cadiz

If you invest for the first time at Brickstarter don’t forget that you can get 15 EURO registration bonus and 0.5% bonus for your investments made during 90 days from the registration. In order to get the bonuses you first must register by following THIS LINK. and during registration use the promo code: BRICKS.

Perfectly located in the Old Town, the one with the greatest condensation of urban historical attractions. It is the postal code with highest average income per apartment and less seasonality.

A small apartment, very bright, with one bedroom and one bathroom, but up to 6 guests. This will help Brickstarter to maximize the occupation rate as the apartment is suitable for couples and up to small groups of 6 persons. They will also increase the income as they will be charging an extra fee for the 5th and 6th guest.

Investment opportunity

Operation Total: 149.429,69 €
Mortgage:  0,00 €
Total to finance: 149.429,69 €
Internal Rate of Return (IRR): 10,54%
Gross Rent Return: 11,81%
Net Rent Return: 5,3 %
Cash on Cash: 6,24%
Return on Equity (ROE): 5,30% 

Iuvo peer-to-peer investment platform overview

Iuvo is a p2p platform based in Tallinn, Estonia, which allows its users to invest in loans, granted from Originators (nonbank financial institutions – Easy Credit, Viva Credit, iCredit, BBG , Fast Finance). The Investors can make a motivational profit, and the Originators benefit by the extra funds to help them expand their business.
After the loan is granted by the Originator, it is uploaded on iuvo, where the Investors can see it and choose to invest in it. The Investor receives their profit from the principal with interest after the installment is payed off.
In case the Borrower stops paying the loan, the buy-back guarantee activates immediately and the Investor gets their investment back.

Iuvo Group OŰ is a company, licensed by the Financial Supervision Commission of Estonia, according to Decision № 4.1-1/133 of the Management board of the Commission. Iuvo Group OŰ is regulated credit intermediary from the Estonian Financial Commission.

IUVO strives to provide investors with a world-class user experience through its diversified credit portfolio of trusted originators, as well as superior platform simplicity.

Iuvo is a Latin word that means “to help”, “to save”.

Who can invest at Iuvo?

Iuvo is a platform that is open to individuals and companies.
The individuals must be at least 18 years old, and they need to have a valid bank account within the European Union or third countries that are currently considered as having equivalent AML/CFT systems to the EU.
For the companies it is required to have a valid bank account within the European Union or third countries that are currently considered as having equivalent AML/CFT systems to the EU. Their data and funds origin, according to the Anti-money laundering and Financial Terrorism policies and regulations mentioned above. (AML/CFT).

How can funds be deposited to the investor account at Iuvo?

You can make a deposit to your iuvo account by some of the following methods:
– a bank transfer from your bank account with a payment order or by using your online banking;
– at the cash register of a bank;
– a transfer, made by using electronic money services such as: Paysera, ePay, Transferwise, Currency Cloud, Revolut, etc.
Please, bare in mind that there is no minimum or maximum amount of money you can deposit.

You can find our bank details on you account–>”Deposit“. Please, follow the instructions.

You can invest in three different currencies at the same time: BGN, EUR, and RON. It is necessary to make a bank transfer to the corresponding account.
Please, bare in mind that right now Iuvo do not offer currency conversion.

You have two investing options in iuvo – manual and automatic.
The manual investing includes: credit details review; choosing which particular credit to invest in, adding to your Cart and confirming the investments.
The Auto-Investing option includes: creating a portfolio, where you can apply certain filters. After you start Auto-Investing, the software invests in loans that fit your criteria.

The minimum amount you can invest in the Primary Market is as follows: 10 BGN, 10 EUR, 25 RON. There is no minimum amount for investing on the Secondary Market.

Iuvo fees

The platform does not have any charges for investing, making a deposit, or withdrawal. The only charge that may apply is when you sell a loan on the Secondary Market – 1% of the amount.
Please, bare in mind that this does not include any charges that your bank may apply.

The credit rate scores

One of the methods by which the originators control the risk, is using a credit rate score system. This is a procedure of classifying every credit in different categories, based on the default probability (the probability the borrower to stop paying off their loan).
All loans in iuvo have a score rate. This is needed so the credits from different originators can be compared.

The credit score rates in iuvo are:
A 0 – 4% default probability
B 4 – 10% default probability
C 10 – 18% default probability
D 18 – 25% default probability
E 25 – 35% default probability
HR above 35% default probability

All loans listed on the platform have the so called buy-back guarantee. This means that the Originator is obligated to buy back the credit from the investor at its nominal value in case the borrower stops paying off their loan. The Originator will restore the investment back to your iuvo account.
The buy-back guarantee activates on the 61-st day, counted from the date of the first unpaid installment.

Withdrawals

In order to request a withdrawal, you need to verify your identity and address. You can do that by applying the following documents:
*for Individuals
– ID Card – both sides of your ID Card or Passport;
– current utility bill, addressed to you or
– official document from the Authorities or
– other documents, confirming your address;
*for Companies
– ID Card of the account’s owner – both sides or Passport;
– A current status certificate or Commercial register extract;
– A document from the Authorities that is addressed to the company (confirming the address);

You can attach your documents through the platform in the “Documents” section.

Regarding the Anti-money laundering policy of the European Union, you need to verify your address in order to withdraw money from your iuvo account.
You can request a withdrawal at any given time from the “Withdraw” button. You can only withdraw the funds that are not invested at the moment.

You can cancel your withdrawal request from “Withdraw” button -> “Withdraw History.

All withdrawals from the platform are processed within two working days.
*Please, bare in mind that the bank transfer can take more time, depending on the bank’s conditions.

You can only transfer funds to a bank account that you have deposited from. If you have transfered money from more than one bank account, you will have the opportunity to choose which one to transfer the funds to.

 

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