Monthly Update #14 January 2020 – A Bananas One
Guys and gals, what a start of the year amigos!
On the European peer-to-peer lending side, everyone is going bananas after the Kuetzal and Envestio cases. I am glad to see that some platforms are tackling the lack of trust by reaching out to investors formally and making announcements on improved transparency and a future realignment once a proper EU regulation has been developed.
On the stock market side, everyone is going bananas following the coronavirus spread that started in China.
So, there’s been some panicking from all sides in January. I am keeping close attention to the markets right now as this can bring some good buying opportunities.
Alright, straight to the numbers:
Quick Recap of January Numbers
- Portfolio value: 105,058 € (-3.4%) – details HERE
- Monthly Transactions (Deposits – Withdrawals): 799 €
- Monthly growth from investments: – 4,736 €
- Passive income: – 4,318 € – details HERE
- Savings rate: 62 %
Now, let’s get into the details.
|Platform||Inception||Description||Value Dec.||Transactions||Growth||Value Jan.||Return Jan.||T. Return|
|Property Partner||01/2018||Buy-To-Let||6,443||-21||21||6,498||0.32%||5.5 %|
|Stocks & Shares ISA||03/2018||Stocks & Bonds||58,242.4||928.2||- 540||59,123.74||- 0.92 %||11.7 %|
|Housers||03/2018||BTL and Dev. Loans||6,808||-158||16||6,666||0.23 %||6.3 %|
|Grupeer||05/2018||General P2P Lending||8,793||-321.57||82||8,553||0.93%||27.85 %|
|Mintos||08/2018||General P2P Lending||285||- 285||1||0 (see ya!)||0.22 %||16.6 %|
|Crowdestate||08/2018||Development Loans||2,308||- 224.55||9||2,092.24||0.38 %||14.15 %|
|Envestio||10/2018||Yacht Financing?||4,827||- 249||- 4,578||0 (Ouch!)||- 94.8 %||-74 %|
|Fast Invest||10/2018||Consumer Loans||1,163.4||0||12.38||1,175.7||1.06 %||17.6 %|
|Trading 212||03/2019||Dividend Investing||1,746||813||- 27.2||2,531.8||- 1.56 %||58.4 %|
|Estateguru||05/2019||Development Loans||3,149.8||200||20.54||3,370.3||0.65 %||6.3 %|
|Abundance||05/2019||Business Loans (Ethycal)||717||59.5||1.43||767.7||0.16 %||3.7 %|
|RateSetter||08/2019||General P2P Lending||1199.2||0||4.93||1,214.3||0.41 %||2.04 %|
|Crowdestor||08/2019||Business & Dev. Loans||2,544||200||20.14||2764||0.79 %||5 %|
|Robocash||08/2019||General P2P Lending||4090||- 462.54||32.45||3,660||0.79 %||4.9 %|
|Wisefund||09/2019||Business Loans||2131.1||- 65.88||32.94||2098.1||1.57 %||8.38 %|
|Freetrade||09/2019||REITs||173.3||17.5||2.3||193.1||1.33 %||10.75 %|
|Evoestate||10/2019||Buy-To-Let||1118||15||2||1135||0.2 %||3.1 %|
|UK Pension||10/2019||100% Global Equity Fund||2,824**||349.3||148||3247**||4.2 %||45.6 %|
|TOTAL||108,764 €||799 €||- 4740 €||105,058 €||- 4.4 %||- 41.8 % *|
* Includes Algotechs and Envestio loss
** 20 % discounted as future tax payments
*** Click on platform names to get more details
Month after month, the best investment performer is my UK workplace pension. It’s a no brainer that due to employer contributions and government tax reliefs, the fastest route to get me to that million would be to focus on maxing it out, but the fact of leaving my money locked in for at least 20 years as an unsettled foreigner puts me off a little. I tried asking a professional advisor recently, but he was reluctant to give me reliable advice. I am looking forward to getting over the Brexit transition period, so I can be certain of what can potentially happen to my UK pension. Perhaps I am worrying for nothing, will see.
If you run through the table from left to the right, you’ll notice that I have written off my Envestios funds, which has contributed to a negative monthly return of -4.4% on my portfolio. Same as with Algotechs, I joined the collective lawsuit against Envestio organised on Facebook. We’ll see how it progresses, but I am a bit more optimistic than with Algotechs, as we know that there are at least some real development loans.
I always try to remain positive, avoid negativity and focus on opportunity. While it’s true that the – 4740 € of this month hurts, my cumulated passive income over the last 12 months still remains positive at + 539 €, which tells me that the worst-case scenario is leaving my money sitting on my bank account earning nothing. I have no regrets whatsoever.
The GBP/EUR currency ratio grows from 1.18 to 1.19, boosting the value of my Euro portfolio. Thank God, I really needed it this month!
As overall, I am pretty happy that at least my investment portfolio is still over the 100K after the Envestio and market loss.
Stocks & Shares ISA (Core Portfolio)
My stocks & shares ISA growth shrinks for the second month in a row £-454. It derives from the market loss we had over the last few days, or in other quarters, coronavirus. In January I got no passive income derived from stock dividends or bonds interests at all, as I was paid twice in December.
As usual, I paid myself £780 out of my payslip as an automatic regular monthly payment.
My best ETF performer is the S&P 500 UCITS (VUSA) + 22.41%.
The worst performer so far is Global Value Factor UCITS ETF (VVAL) – 6.61%
- S&P 500 Index : -0.63 %
- My balanced Vanguard ISA: -0.92 %
My balanced ISA normally drops less than the S&P 500 index during market corrections, but this time, the global value index allies with gravity and seems to never be able to recover. Will value ever be what it once was?
Alternative Investment Portfolio
As I commented on my previous post, due to the latest occurrences on the P2P community, I am going to become quieter at writing down my thoughts in regards to my alternative investments here on the blog. There’s plenty of info on other P2P only blogs, so I don’t think my comments will be massively missed.
I don’t have a defined strategy for the future of my P2P portfolio just quite yet, but what I am certain of so far is that I don’t feel comfortable with my current stake invested on Baltic platforms, at least, not until its market matures (improved regulation).
An image says more than a thousand words, so you’ll notice that I am cashing out gradually from nearly all platforms. As my P2P portfolio decreases over time (hopefully because of withdrawals and not faulty platforms), I also intend to step out completely and progressively (auto-invest off only) from some opaque platforms like Wisefund or Fast Invest, unless their opacity would change.
I exited Mintos in order to ease my P2P portfolio tracking. I sold all my remaining loans at a 0.5% discount in just a few days. I’ve posted a screenshot of my final dashboard on my Mintos page. Go and have a look. You’ll see that I had no defaults at all and avoid all the latest problematic loan originators, however, the net annual returns were just a mere 10%.
Dividend Portfolio (Trading 212)
Cashing out some funds from P2P means that I can continue my dividend stocks hunting game.
As vivid readers will know, I am using Trading 212 Invest broker to order my stock purchases.
In January two people used my referral link and I got two free shares (Ford and Ocado), thanks for doing so. If interested to get a free share yourself, you’ll find the link at the end of the post. For your information, Trading 212 is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). If questions, I am happy to help!
In January I open position in two stocks; Walt Disney (DIS) and The Kroger Co. (KR).
Disney needs no introduction, it’s a company that has been on my watchlist for a while and even traded in and out a few times but never kept for the long haul. The share price dropped substantially on the 25th of January when Disney closed its Shanghai theme park indefinitely due to the coronavirus spread. I have positive expectations on the Disney+ streaming service and I took the drop as an opportunity to get in. I own 5 shares that will provide me with approximately $8.8 this year (yield 1.28%).
The Kroger Co. is a consumer defensive stock and a well-know retailer in the US. The company operates several supermarkets and market places stores that offer natural food and organic sections, which lines up with my personal moral values as an investor. I own 25 shares that yield 2.32%, that should provide me with a future annual cash flow of $16.
This is how my stock portfolio allocation stands for now:
The €45K Project Fund
As usual, my savings on tobacco as a non-smoker went straight away to my Abundance account. That’s another £50 that I invested in the latest ethical investment.
For this tax year, the whole €45K Project Fund is invested in Abundance, as I am using an IF ISA account (tax-free).
So far, I have recovered the 1.7% of my loss = 767 EUR
44,233 EUR left to go.
See further details and the portfolio chart in the Abundance page
Income, Expenses & Savings Rate
My total net income in January was £2,270.6 (2,702 EUR) and my expenses were as little as £863.
I was able to save £1388.3, that results in a savings rate of 62% :D.
My savings average ratio is getting very close to the 50% line goal, it’s currently at 47%!
This year I want to track my expenses more closely, so I went to spy on my neighbour Route2FI blog once again and stole one of his ideas, the Sankey diagram. I am sure he won’t mind, is that right buddy? 😛
In January I joined back to the gym for a monthly quote of £25 (counted in the Health category). A price I am happy to pay for as It’s really helping me to get my 10k daily steps goal done. I am also building up my muscles again, that hopefully will increase my daily burning calories and help me to remove body fat (visceral fat worries me).
January was quiet as normal. We had a birthday party in Brighton but it was rather cheap as we spent the night playing games. I injured my ribs while catching balls on the air (Oh boy! Ain’t young anymore!).
I also bought a t-shirt and a pair of jeans that I needed urgently. I was happy to wait over the Christmas and get them on sale afterwards 🙂
Finally, a few days ago I donated the promised full amount to Gates Foundation. I could pay in Dollars or Pounds, so I obviously chose the latest to avoid currency fees.
A quick recap:
My total blog income in 2019 was 415 EUR, which 100 EUR were donated to a Crowdestor donation project (see December’s update) and the remaining 315 EUR (£265 at a 1.19 rate) to Gates.
Estate Guru (0.5% bonus on your investments made during the first 3 months)
Mintos (0.5% bonus on your investments made during the first 3 months – UK residents temporally not accepted)
Housers (25 EUR cashback for a minimum investment of 50 EUR)
Evoestate (15 EUR cashback for a minimum investment of 50 EUR)
Trading 212 Trading platform UK and EU (Free shares worth up to $/£/EUR 100 )
This is it for this month, hope you had a good one?
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