As we pursue a niche-lending policy (property, music rights, litigation), it has gone rather quiet on the lending front. However, new loans are due on site when the business streams open up – so we thought it opportune to provide one of our regular refreshers on how to lend to our carefully vetted borrowing companies.
Lending is not a one-stage process. Investors who buy a fund or make a cash deposit into a building society account have done all the process they need to. With lending, depositing money is just the first part. After that, you have to choose a company and then deploy your capital.
A number of our registered lenders have deposited money, but not put it into loans. So here is our guide to the process of lending and getting those attractive returns (once you’ve acquainted yourself with the risks, of course).
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
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.
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:
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.