By the end of August I will have been investing into Moneyzen for a full year, so it was time to make a decision about the future plans for this part of my portfolio, especially since it’s currently competing against Estateguru in terms of contributions.
Moneyzen has, from the start, been struggling with growing their overall loan portfolio at a sustainable rate. Investors have a lot of free money to invest, but they just didn’t seem to be getting the market share that they wanted due to existing competition in Estonia.
Several of the people I know have been waiting for some sort of a fix for this, and I must say we waited for some kind of an announcement to come way earlier. So, this week Moneyzen announced that they are making their loans more easily accessible which is a recommendation that’s been on the front lines of many bloggers’ posts.
They have extended the deadline of loans from 5 years to 7 years making them stand out among other loan provides, and the maximum loan amount has been boosted from 5000 euros to 10000 euros, bringing them up to par with the same amounts that Bondora provides. It’s early to tell if that will make them take more of a market share, but the extended length of loan contracts might attract a different kind of clientele.
Status of my portfolio
When I started investing into Moneyzen my original plan was to add in 50€/month to create a smaller social lending portfolio with a different provider than Bondora, since Bondora was making up a significant part of my portfolio at that point. Soon, however, I realised that the 50€/month was not achievable due to a lack of loans.
Another issue with Moneyzen is that the IT developments haven’t caught up with their ambitions, meaning that the site causes a liquidity problem. You can’t have enough loans to causes meaningful cash flow (which you’d be able to transfer out if necessary) and there is no secondary market. The biggest problem by far though is the lack of overall statistics – a year into investing I’m still not able to tell you at a glance how much money I made in interest last month.
Therefore the decision for at least the second part of this year had to be made. This morning I transferred the last 25€ into Moneyzen for now, bringing the total transfers to 400€ euros, which means 2/3 of my original year’s goal, which I suppose isn’t terrible. (Neither is the close to 40€ interest earned off it.)
I’ll wait for more to happen, mostly:
– less cash drag
– an implemented secondary market
– a bigger market share
– better overall statistics
– recovery statistics (I have 2 defaulted loans)
All the best to Moneyzen, and I hope I have a reason to increase my investments for next year. For 2015 I’m done, I’ll just track how well the money moves, and I guess it can be a somewhat obscure emergency fund type thing that I might have access to at some point in the future.