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1pm now offers on Mintos p2p lending marketplace the chance to select loans based on risk categories

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1pm is the latest loan originator to offer Mintos investors the opportunity to select its loans for investment based on loan risk categories. The inclusion of the risk categories will allow you to make a more informed investment decision and, therefore, increase your chances of success.

1pm was the first loan originator from the United Kingdom to launch on Mintos, offering its business loans for investment. Now you can select your investments in its loans based on its five risk categories which assess the likelihood of the borrower defaulting on their loan. The link between the borrower default rate and the risk categories is based on real-world statistics collected by a variety of credit agencies. These agencies collect extensive global credit reporting information and compare the company’s who default based on industry and size amongst other factors to forecast which company’s are the most likely to default within the next 12 months.

Category Scoring EABDR*
Very low risk 71 – 100 0.09%
Low risk 51 – 70 0.30%
Moderate risk 30 – 50 0.46%
High risk 21 – 29 2.32%
Very high risk 1 – 20 8.37%

*Expected Annual Bad Debt Rate

1pm bases its risk categories on the size of the business determined by the criteria of Companies House – a United Kingdom government department which incorporates and dissolves limited companies, examines and stores company information and makes it available for the public. Other factors taken into consideration when assessing the creditworthiness of a borrower is information on the business, commercial track records, directors, consumer track records, financial trend information, payment performance, company size, age of business, industry sector, geographical region and management and owners of the business.

The inclusion of the risk categories will allow you to make a more informed investment decision and increase your chances of success.

1pm was founded in 2000 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2006. The company offers many finance solutions to SMEs within the United Kingdom including asset and vehicle finance, hire purchase, commercial loans and invoice financing. It is dedicated to helping the United Kingdom’s economy grow by providing finance to businesses. The company joined Mintos in February 2018.

Is peer-to-peer lending safe for income investors?

Anyone who has borrowed to buy a car or a taken out a home mortgage is familiar with the basics of how a loan works.

In a nutshell, borrowers ask for money, and lenders decide how likely it is that they will see that money back. If repayment is unlikely, those lenders charge a high rate of interest to offset that risk, and if the borrower is trustworthy they charge a lower rate of interest to win the business from competing banks.

But loans aren’t just ways to buy things. They can also be powerful ways to invest for income.

For instance, bonds are essentially a debt that’s owed by a corporation or a government to investors. A 10-year U.S. Treasury bond is a 10-year loan to Uncle Sam, and at current rates the government will pay you about 2.3 percent annually in interest – along with repaying your initial loan in full at the end of a decade.

That’s not just a nice way to grow your money, but a safe one, too.

In a digital age, debt markets have become more accessible for both investors and borrowers alike. Consumers can easily compare dozens of loans on the internet, investors can research and purchase a wide variety of bonds with a click of their mouse and more competition drives down the costs of a loan for well-qualified borrowers.

Another interesting development in debt markets has been the rise of peer-to-peer lending.

Peer-to-peer lending went mainstream about 10 years ago, with the launch of Prosper and Lending Club as two of the first large U.S. portals for so-called P2P loans. The idea was simple: an individual borrower makes their case for why you should give them money, and regular consumers can decide if it’s worth putting up the money.

It may sound like a scam to the skeptical or to the risk-averse. But remarkably, it worked in many cases – and continues to work today.

A common example is someone who has $5,000 in credit card debt with a 20 percent annual interest rate, who is asking the P2P community to lend them $5,000 at 8 percent or 10 percent. Everyone wins in that scenario, with the borrower paying less to their credit card company and the internet lender getting a nice return on their investment.

The downside, of course, is that investors who purchase debt via bonds from brick-and-mortar corporations have a much easier time of knowing what they’re getting in to. On a peer-to-peer lending site, doing your due diligence is much harder.

So how do you know if peer-to-peer lending is right for you?

Well, for starters you need to assess your risk profile. The potential for 8 percent or 15 percent annual returns is nice, but there is a very real case your money is just walking out the door. So never consider P2P lending if you can’t afford to lose a big chunk of that principal.

If peer-to-peer lending is still an option you’re interested in, then find a major peer-to-peer lender that is transparent about its process and track record. That doesn’t make your investment in P2P loans via these sites a sure thing by any stretch, but can help mitigate some of the risks of default.

Lastly, always consider the importance of diversification. If you want to invest in peer-to-peer lending then make sure it’s only a limited part of your portfolio. And rather than dish out $10,000 in loans to one person on a P2P portal, consider 100 smaller loans of $100 a piece so you don’t get hit as hard in the event of default.


Mogo cashback campaign extended on Mintos p2p lending marketplace

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Do you want to get a cashback of up to 5%? Mogo has seen how much investors on Mintos have been enjoying its cashback campaign, so the company has extended it by an extra month.

Now, until March 16, 2018, if you invest in Mogo loans with a maturity of four years or more you can get a cashback of up to 5%! You will get an instant cashback of:

– 4% for investing in Mogo loans with a maturity of 48 to 59 months,

– 5% for investing in Mogo loans with a maturity of 60 months or more.

Make sure you enroll in the campaign before you make your investments.

Only investments made on the primary market qualify.

Mogo is one of the top loan originators on the Mintos marketplace. The company joined Mintos in March 2015 and has since funded car loans worth about EUR 100 million through the marketplace. On February 7, 2018, Mogo successfully attracted EUR 10 million via a bond issue.


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New Mintos “Invest in long-term” cashback campaign launched

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For a limited time, Mintos is offering a bonus for investing in long-term loans. Until December 31, 2017, for each new investment you make on the primary market in loans with a maturity of two years or more, Mintos will pay an immediate cashback. The longer the loan maturity – the larger the cashback. We will offer up to 5% of the sum invested:

 Cashback amount

Maturity of loans

5% 60 months or more
4% 48 to 59 months
3% 36 to 47 months
2% 24 to 35 months


To participate in the campaign, you need to have enrolled by clicking a button on the campaign page which can be found on your Investor’s Account once you login on Mintos.

“Investing long-term has many benefits. Loans with a maturity of two years and more on average have higher interest rates. As the maturity of these loans is longer, these higher rates can be locked-in for longer as well, thus avoiding cash drag effect. Also, investing in long-term loans allows for a better diversification, because this way investors can access types of loans and borrowers that have a different profile than the average short-term loan takers. We hope that in combination with our cashback campaign, all of these benefits will help our investors reach their investment goals in a more efficient and rewarding way,” says Martins Sulte, CEO and co-founder of Mintos.

If you are a new investor, don’t forget that you can get 1% bonus of your invested amount (more info here).


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Lenno Joins Viventor peer-to-peer lending marketplace

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Viventor partners with Lenno, a Bulgarian lender that also operates in Poland, Czech Republic and Russia.

Established in 2012 as TNK Capital Management JSC, the company carried out a rebranding and started operating under the brand of Lenno in the second half of 2017.  The company has been registered as a financial institution with the Bulgarian National Bank since 2013.

Lenno provides loans secured by real estate to both businesses and private borrowers, with the average Loan-to-Value ratio across the loan book standing at 49%. The majority of loans issued are secured by properties located in the biggest cities of Bulgaria: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. To date, Lenno has originated approximately EUR 7 million worth of loans, with the ambition to considerably increase its presence in Czech, Polish and Russian markets in the near future.

We are always striving to be among the pioneers in the industry and it is for this reason that our newly formed partnership with Viventor is vital for our company’s mission. Accessing a new stream of capital will help us focus on expanding our business into new markets and will allow us to focus on developing innovative financing products.”

Aleksandar Tonkov, CEO of Lenno
Lenno loans on Viventor

  • 2500-250000 EUR in size
  • 6 months-5 years in duration
  • 7%-10% projected annual return
  • 60 day Buyback guarantee

The company will initially list its loans from Bulgaria. In addition to Buyback and collateral in place, all the loans will be listed in Euros. On top of that, Lenno will maintain 5% skin in the game stake in every single loan.

Eurocent continues servicing loans on Mintos peer-to-peer lending marketplace

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Here is an update on the situation with Eurocent-issued loans. After missing repayment of its corporate bonds on June 8, 2017, Eurocent has continued servicing the loans and passing on all borrower payments to investors on the Mintos marketplace. Since June 8, 2017, the outstanding investment portfolio in Eurocent loans on the Mintos marketplace has decreased by 21%.

Eurocent continues to negotiate with potential investors to resolve its financial situation. However, given the still-uncertain results of these negotiations, Eurocent has submitted an application to the court to restructure the company’s debts. This is a formal procedure that prevents creditors from commencing enforcement proceedings of the unpaid corporate bonds. The decision of the court is expected by September 2017.

If the court does not allow restructuring of the debt, Eurocent will enter bankruptcy procedure. To prepare for this scenario, Mintos has made an agreement with a third party that will take over servicing Eurocent-issued loans assigned to investors on the Mintos marketplace.

Given its financial situation, Eurocent has suspended the automatic buyback of loans that are late by more than 60 days. When automatic buyback was suspended through the technical side of the platform, the shield icon visually indicating the buyback guarantee was temporarily lost as a result. However, Eurocent still remains liable for the guarantee, as indicated in the respective loan assignment agreements, and the shield icon will re-appear for Eurocent loans after the next platform update.

Eurocent-issued loans that are delinquent continue to be serviced according to standard processing, and all repayments made on the loans by borrowers are paid back to investors on the Mintos marketplace. The company plans to fulfill its buyback liability as soon as its financial situation has improved.

If the company’s financial situation is not resolved and Eurocent enters bankruptcy procedure, investors with outstanding investment in delinquent loans that are not bought back will have a creditor claim against Eurocent.

Mintos has temporarly suspended the placement of new Eurocent loans

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Update: latest information about Eurocent loans on Mintos marketplace can be found here.

Placement of new Eurocent loans on the Mintos marketplace has been temporarily suspended. The decision was made by Mintos management following the information that Eurocent has missed the repayment of its corporate bonds.

Eurocent bonds worth PLN 1.8 million (EUR 425 000) were due on June 8, 2017. According to the company’s information, the failure to make the repayment was caused by a delay in the negotiation process to attract new financing.

Following the missed bond repayment, the management of Mintos marketplace made a decision to stop the placement of new Eurocent loans on the primary market, as well as reverse all investments where payments were still in transit to the loan originator. In addition, starting from June 26, operations with Eurocent loans have been suspended on the secondary market, as well. These limitations will hold until bond repayment is resolved.

The management of the Mintos marketplace is in close contact with the management of Eurocent. During a joint meeting, Eurocent’s management outlined a specific course of action to aid the bond repayment – first, by seeking to prolong the bonds, and second, by finishing the negotiations with the investor or turning to alternative sources of financing.

Eurocent continues to service the loans and collect borrower payments that are transferred to the Mintos marketplace for distribution among investors.


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