One of my favorite asset types is Peer-to-Peer lending, which consists of lending money to individuals via online platforms, in exchange for payment of interests over time. Peer-to-Peer lending has a high-yield, can be completely automated, and also has a low level of risk if you do it right.
In order to diversify my portfolio and reduce the level of risks of my investments, I am always looking to invest in new Peer-to-Peer lending platforms. In this article, I will review PeerBerry, a Peer-to-Peer lending platform based in Latvia. I followed the platform for a while and saw that it was getting rapid momentum during the past months before this review, so I really wanted to try it out. As usual, I will review the platform by investing my own money, and tell you what I think about the platform and share the results from my investments.
The PeerBerry Platform
PeerBerry is a Peer-to-Peer lending platform based in Latvia and offers loans with returns up to 12%, which is similar to what is offered by many European Peer-to-Peer lending platforms. The platforms list loans from Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Ukraine.
All the loans listed on the platform comes with a buyback guarantee, meaning that even if a loan goes in default, you will still get your money back from the platform. So that's a great thing to have as an investor. They have a lot of short-term loans, which is something I really like as it makes sure your money is not stuck in loans for long periods of time.
Also, note that all loans offered on PeerBerry are in Euros, which protects you from currency swings for loans that are in countries not using Euros (like Poland or Ukraine).
Opening an Account
The first step was to open an account on the platform. The process was really easy, and it was done under 5 minutes. I also transferred money on the platform, which I did via TransferWise. This was really easy as well, and the money appeared on my account in less than 2 days.
As I now do in all my reviews, I tried to withdraw money as soon as I received it on PeerBerry. This happened without any issues, and I had my money back in 2 days.
Investing in Loans
It's now time to actually invest in some loans on the platform. Here is an overview of the loans that were available on the platform when I did this review:
As you can see, it's a mix of short-term loans and real estate development projects, which are usually with a one year term.
It's also very easy to get more details about a given loan:
Of course, you will mostly get information about real estate loans, with a detailed description of each project.
Let's now see the auto-invest feature of the platform, which I really advise you to use as soon as possible on the platform as it will completely automate your investments.
On PeerBerry, it's really easy to use this feature, as there are not so many parameters to set. Here is a screenshot of my own auto-invest setting:
As you can see, I activated all countries, with interest rates above 11%. I also chose all terms for now, as even real estate loans have a maximum term of one year. However, I might restrict this in the future in case they introduce loans with longer terms. Once I activated the auto-invest portfolio on PeerBerry, it quickly invested all the money I deposited in loans that matched my criteria.
Returns on PeerBerry
Let's now see what were my early returns on the platform. I let about 2 months pass between the time I activated my auto-invest portfolio & the time I wrote this review. Here are the latest returns I received from the platform:
I can say that so far, everything is working as expected. Here is an overview of my dashboard:
You can see that it estimated my annual return at 11.23%, which makes sense as I mostly invested in loans with a yield above 11%. For now, only one loan went 31-60 days late, but I don't care too much about it as all the loans on the platform are protected by a buyback guarantee.
I will of course update this review as I receive more results from PeerBerry.
Should You Invest on PeerBerry?
After this review, I can say that I am really satisfied by PeerBerry. It has everything I like in a Peer-to-Peer lending platform: buyback guarantee on all loans, good yields, and short-term loans. Along with a really easy to use interface & auto-invest function, it makes PeerBerry a very nice platform to use. I really recommend it to anyone investing in Peer-to-Peer lending, as it's a great addition to any portfolio. Of course, if you have any questions about PeerBerry or about Peer-to-Peer lending in general, don't hesitate to ask below!