In this article, I will review the Peer-to-Peer lending platform Viainvest. I first noticed this platform via reading reports about the loan volumes of the Peer-to-Peer lending platforms in Europe, and I noticed this platform that was growing really fast month after month. Therefore, I decided to try it for myself.
As for all my reviews, I tested the platform with my own money, and I'll show you how to open an account, invest, and also share with you my returns on the platform. At the end of the review, I'll also tell you if it's a good idea to invest on the platform or not.
Viainvest is a typical Peer-to-Peer lending platform based in Latvia, mainly focused on short-term loans and credit lines for consumers. It currently proposes loans in Spain, Latvia, Czech Republic, and Poland. The yields on the loans are up to 12%, with an average of around 11% from what I am seeing on the platform. They also have a buyback guarantee on all the loans, which is pretty neat.
Also, note that all the loans proposed on the platform are already pre-funded, meaning that you will never have money 'sitting' in a loan and then returned to you because not enough investors wanted to fund this particular loan, so that's pretty neat as well.
As I mentioned earlier, most loans on the platform have returns around 11 - 12%, and the platform currently advertises an average return for investors which is also in this range.
The question of the safety of the investors funds is central when investing on a Peer-to-Peer lending platform, as they will be managing all the money that you deposit on the platform and invest it in loans. When checking a new platform, I look at three things: what the platforms offers in terms of guarantees, the company itself (and their team), and finally the loan originators.
Opening an account is pretty straightforward, as it was done in less than 5 minutes. I also transferred money on the platform via a typical bank transfer, and it took less than a day to receive the money.
Note that compared to other platforms, they actually handle taxes right inside the platform, by applying withholding taxes directly from the interests gained on the platform. You can ask them to remove those taxes by submitting a tax statement from your current country of residence. I didn't bother doing that for now as I'll have to pay those taxes anyway, and that those taxes are in the same range as my interests income tax (around 19/20%). However, if you live in a low-tax country I imagine it makes sense to send the documentation.
I also tried to withdraw money from the account to see if that works without friction, which I now do on all platforms I review. Here, you just need to send your Passport/ID card for them to verify before any withdrawal. After this was approved, I had no problem to withdraw money and received it on my account in 2 days.
The next step is to actually invest in some loans. You can do that from the investments menu, where you will find the list of all available loans on the platform:
As you can, most of the loans yield in the 10 - 12% range and are either credit lines or short-term loans. As you can also see on the right, all loans on the platform are covered by a buyback guarantee.
When you click on a loan, you can also get more details about it:
You can notice here that as all the loans of the platform, this one is already pre-funded.
Of course, the goal is not to invest in loans one by one, but to use the auto-invest function in order to completely automate your investments on the platform. The auto-invest function on Viainvest is really easy to setup. This is the current settings of my auto-invest function:
As you can see, there are no that many parameters to set to active the automated investing. I basically simply selected all types of loans, with at least 10% interest, and I chose to invest in all available countries. As there is a buyback guarantee on all loans, and as there are only short-term loans on the platform, I didn't have to set other parameters. It took me less than 5 minutes to set that up, and then your investments will be completely automated on the platform.
Let's now see what are my returns so far on the Viainvest platform. As for all platforms I review, I also exported the raw data from Viainvest into TrackInvest to see if it matches with the results given by the platform.
TrackInvest gives me an actual yield around 11.83%, which is really close to the expected yield of the platform. After more than 2 years now of investing on the platform, I can definitely say I am still very satisfied with Viainvest. I will of course update this article when I receive more results in the future.
Overall, I can say that I am really satisfied so far with Viainvest. I really like the fact that all loans on the platform come with a buyback guarantee and that the platform focuses on short-term loans, which are the two main things I like to see on a good platform. The yields on the platform are also nice at around 11%, and so far I only had great results with this platforn. Therefore, I really recommend investing on Viainvest, either to start a Peer-to-Peer lending portfolio or to diversify an existing portfolio.