Here's an excerpt from a recent report by P2P Finance News:FUNDING Circle's dedicated investment trust is set to close, raising questions about the future of peer-to-peer lending-focused funds.While P2P platforms themselves have demonstrated impressive growth in recent years, investment trusts have been scaling back their exposure to the sector following poor performance.Victory Park Capital (VPC) Specialty Lending Investments has been winding down its P2P portfolio in favour of balance sheet loans.Meanwhile, the sector's first dedicated fund, P2P Global Investments, has been moving towards different forms of asset-backed finance.
Benefits of DiversificationLater in the piece, P2PFN quotes an industry commentator who notes the benefits of diversification. Few of the routes to "easy diversification" are as beneficial as having your portfolio managed and diversified for you.Neil Faulkner, co-founder of P2P analysis firm 4th Way, argued that many P2P platforms are now doing the job that these funds were set up to do."Many P2P platforms already provide easy diversification, which is the key role of investment trusts, OEICs and unit trusts," Faulkner said.One of our unique selling points at Money&Co. is the fact that we can offer a managed portfolio of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans. By having exposure to a range of our carefully vetted loans you can reduce risk. See our video explaining the process of lending.
Diversifying Through Our Managed Portfolio
A Process Guide To Innovative Finance ISA InvestmentMoney&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:
Risk: Security, Access, YieldDo 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.