Security, Access, Yield - Look Carefully At P2P Loans Before Investing
As the tax year comes to a close, it seems a good time to remind investors that the choice between different asset classes is not a zero-sum game. You don't have to choose between investing in stocks and shares versus peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, for example. Both types of asset have different risks and different rewards.Reasoning by analogy, you don't have to choose between cash deposits, whether or not held in an individual savings account (ISA), and higher-yielding P2P loans. First off, do NOT be blinded by high yields. Please consider security – and P2P loans are riskier investments than cash deposits as an asset class – and ease of access. We've attached a whole article on this point to the end of this piece.The fact is that Money&Co. has facilitated more than $15 million in loans since launch almost five years ago. Lenders have achieved a gross return of more than eight per cent in that time, and defaults are running at around 0.3 per cent per annum. Losses can occur (there's no profit without risk) despite our best efforts with due diligence and the taking of a charge against the assets of a borrower.
8% Yield Loan Latest
The latest loan from property-backed Seascape (is proving popular. This A-rated tranche yields 8 per cent gross, at a fixed rate for five years. It is now more than 45 per cent subscribed. As is the case with earlier tranches of credit, we have used our best efforts to ensure the truth of the assertions made, but cannot warrant their absolute accuracy. Fuller detail is available to logged-in members.
A Process Guide To Innovative Finance ISA Investment
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 almost £15 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:
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 2018/19 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.