Covid Pandemic Is Hitting Youth Hardest

These are momentous times. And, political tumult notwithstanding, financially and mentally difficult ones for many. Our friends at P2P Finance News adduce two separate pieces of research which have concluded that people aged 18 to 24 have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a poll by credit reference agency Credit Kudos, 37 per cent of adults aged between 18 and 24 years of age have seen their finances impacted by the pandemic – far higher than the 26 per cent average for the whole of the UK.
Credit Kudos also found that 43 per cent of generation Z have increased their borrowing since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the latest earnings data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that younger people and the lowest-paid employees have seen their average hourly pay fall.
For the lowest-earning five per cent of workers, average earnings fell by 16.1 per cent. The lowest-earning 10 per cent of workers saw their pay fall by 8.1 per cent.
“Generation Z and lower earners have seen their incomes pummelled by the pandemic,” said Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.
“The furlough scheme helped protect millions of people from the worst, but half of those on furlough didn’t have their wages topped up, so still had to get by on ever-decreasing incomes. Younger people and those on lower pay were far more likely to have been furloughed without their pay being topped up.
“Meanwhile those who continued to work weren’t immune to pay cuts either. Those working in the accommodation and food sector in particular saw their average hours drop 12 per cent – which disproportionally affected younger people.
“It’s difficult to face up to the horrible reality of living on less, but you’re dealing with money worries, the sooner you take the bull by the horns, the easier it will be. In some cases, a dramatic emergency budget cut will be enough to get by. In others, you may need to speak to the people you owe money to in order to work out payments you can afford, or get help from debt advice charities on the best way to get through this horrible time.”
According to Credit Kudos’ Borrowing Index, 23 per cent of young adults said that they have never needed credit more than they do now, while one in five (20 per cent) expect to either start borrowing or increase their borrowing further over the next three months.

Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide

  • Money&Co. lenders have achieved an average return of more than 8 per cent gross (before we deduct our one per cent fee). 

That figure is the result of over £20 million of loans facilitated on the site, as we bring individuals looking for a good return on capital together with carefully vetted small companies seeking funds for growth. Bear in mind that lenders’ capital is at risk. Read warnings on site before committing capital.

  • Money&Co. has been lending for over 5 years and has only had two bad debts so far, representing a bad debt rate of 0.03 per cent per annum.

All loans on site are eligible to be held in a Money&Co. Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA), up to the annual ISA limit of £20,000. Such loans offer lenders tax-free income. Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.

So here’s our guide to the process:

  • Step 1: Register as a lender. Go to the login page, and go through the process that the law requires us to effect. This means we have to do basic checks on you to comply with money-laundering and other security requirements.
  • Step 2: Put money into your account. This is best done by electronic transfer. We can also process paper cheques drawn in favour of Denmark Square Limited, the parent company of Money&Co.
  • Step 3: Buy loans in the loan market. Once you’ve put cash in your account it will sit there – and it won’t earn interest until you’ve bought a piece of a loan. It’s this final step that requires lenders and IFISA investors to be pro-active. Just choose some loans – all loans on the Money&Co. site can be held in an IFISA – and your money will start earning tax-free interest.

The ISA allowance for 2019/20 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We’re assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.

Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying – buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the “loans for sale” market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.

Risk: Security, Access, Yield

Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here’s one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.


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Disclaimer: Money&Co.™ is the trading name of Denmark Square Limited, Company Number 08561817, registered in England & Wales, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The company is identified on the Financial Services Register under Reference Number 727325. The registered office is 58 Glentham Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9JJ where the register of Directors may be inspected. Denmark Square Limited (ISA manager reference number Z1932) manages the Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISA.