Wealth Creation through Peer-to-peer (P2P) Lending

Dear Readers

Welcome to 2018! As we enter the New Year, it’s time to be reinvigorated about saving, investing and reinvesting. The importance of these 3 components cannot be overemphasised as they are essentially interdependent building blocks of wealth. A failure to address either component could potentially derail your progress of wealth creation.

So, how do we efficiently create wealth?

Saving

Wealth creation starts with saving.

If you fail to save enough of your monthly earnings, that failure will adversely affect other components of wealth creation such as investing and reinvesting. Without ample savings, you will lack the money to invest. And with very little being invested, the returns or yield from an investment may not be meaningful, when reinvested. Therefore, wealth creation will be unnecessarily hampered.

The general idea of saving is to pay yourself first before anything else. That means setting aside between 5% and 20% your monthly earnings (excluding EPF) for wealth creation purposes. I’ve linked some interesting articles about saving. See: Reference below.

Even though I may not be regimental about saving, I think setting aside a minimum of 20% of monthly earnings (excluding EPF) is prudent and manageable for almost everyone. This practice must be executed consistently throughout your lifetime, so much so that it becomes a virtuous habit.

Investing

Money saved can be subsequently used to acquire certain assets with the potential to generate wealth. This is a fundamental point of investing.

These assets should fulfill a criterion: increasing in monetary value over time, or generating income periodically, or both. In other words, assets which increase your popularity among friends, while making you poorer, should be avoided.

Acquired assets must be compatible with a purpose. That purpose may be retirement, education, a holiday and etc. Further, acquired assets, must also be in line with your financial circumstances (your age, earnings, liabilities and etc) and also suit your investment risk profile.

In selecting an asset for wealth creation, I typically choose the ones which could potentially generate a higher return without much risks of losing money.

Reinvesting

The last component of wealth creation is reinvesting the returns from your investment. By reinvesting the returns, rather than paying out the returns, you are using the power of compounding returns to your advantage. Compounding returns is achieved by generating return on return. Hence, the value of your investment will magnify over a period of time.

Albert Einstein was clearly fascinated by compounding returns:

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.”

Warren Buffett’s paid homage to compound returns for his phenomenal wealth:

“My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest.”

Therefore, it is rather obvious that your choice of asset classes must possess an inherent quality that enables returns to be compounded.

While the returns of most assets classes can be compounded, focus must be had to the frequency of compounding. This is achieved by increasing the rate of compounding. For instance, if all things being equal, a return, generated on a monthly basis, can be compounded at a higher rate than a return generated, and compounded, on an annual basis. Imagine the following scenario:

Investment A pays an interest of 10% per annum.

Investment B also pays an interest of 10% per annum but is compounded on a monthly basis, for 1 year.

At the end of the year, an investment of RM10,000.00 in investment B will generate a return of RM11,047.13. An initial investment of RM10,000.00 in investment A, on the other hand, will yield a lesser, RM11,000.00.

P2P Lending

P2P lending, among others, is an asset class which fits into my investing criteria because the returns from P2P lending, through Funding Societies Malaysia, is relatively high i.e north of 10% per annum (excluding service fee).

Every return garnered from P2P lending can be reinvested, to reap the benefits of the power of compounding returns.

A high rate of compounding is achievable because most of the fundraising exercises, approved by Funding Societies Malaysia, repay your capital plus interest, on a monthly basis.

Unlike Investment B above (where only the return is compounded monthly), P2P lending enables the reinvestment of the return of your capital plus interest, on a monthly basis, to achieve a better overall return. Hence, if you reinvested the return of your capital and interest, on a monthly basis, at the rate of 10% per annum, you may effectively garner up to 18% return on your investment, per annum.

Further, the minimum investment amount of RM100.00 facilitates reinvestment too by lowering the barrier to reinvesting.

Conclusion

P2P lending has proven itself as a reliable investment. It has very little volatility and a high fixed rate of return.  These qualities add an element of certainty to an investment portfolio and will augur well with a wide range of investors – from young to old, conservative to aggressive.

However, you should always be mindful of a risk of default notwithstanding that such risk is low.

Helpful links

If you enjoy reading this write-up, please share and like Bursa:Going Long on Facebook for more updates, analysis and investment opportunities.

Register an account with Funding Societies Malaysia now as they will top up an additional RM50.00, for free, into your account when you deposit and invest a minimum of RM1,000.00. To participate in this special promotion, please register an account via this LINK (be careful not refresh the link before completing the registration as it will affect the promotion code) or alternatively, use the promotion code: j1mzpcw5 when registering through Funding Societies Malaysia.

Reference:
  1. https://www.comparehero.my/blog/how-much-should-you-have-in-savings-by-the-age-of-30
  2. https://www.mr-stingy.com/set-monthly-budget/
  3. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2013/11/20/how-to-save-money/

 

**This article is written in association with Funding Societies Malaysia.**

Peer-to-peer (P2P) Lending: Six months in

Dear Readers

It has been slightly over 6 months, since July 2017, when I invested RM1,000.00 in P2P lending with Funding Societies Malaysia, one of the first P2P lending operator established in Malaysia.

If you have missed the write-up, you could pick it up HERE.

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Credit: Bankrate

I’m glad to announce that I’ve completed two rounds of successful crowdfunding exercises since July 2017:

  1. a one month tenure with an interest rate of 10.8%; and
  2. a six month tenure with an interest rate of 10%.

In other words, I’ve got back my capital and interest as stipulated in the terms of these crowdfunding exercises.

But that is not quite the end. Instead, I’m just slowly churning this compounding interest machine to its fullest. The capital and interest received from crowdfunding exercises are reinvested into other crowdfunding exercises. I have four ongoing crowdfunding exercises at the moment (soon to be five). This is an investment strategy of minimising risks whilst maximising profit. Hence, even though I’ve only invested RM1,000.00 of my own money, I have effectively invested RM2,300.00 (see below picture).

 

Thanks to the vigorous due diligence conducted by Funding Societies Malaysia, in sieving out viable crowdfunding opportunities, not only did I make a handsome return from P2P lending but I also did not encounter any untoward events such as defaults. According to Funding Societies Malaysia, there hasn’t been any default in Malaysia.

The interest which I’ve received since July 2017 is RM60.68, of which RM12.44 was deducted for service fee (see above picture). This leaves me with a net interest of RM48.24 or 4.8% return from an investment of RM1,000.00. If all things being equal, a return of investment of 9% or more per annum, by July 2018, is looking promising indeed.

However, the beauty of P2P lending is that it is possible to achieve a compounded return of 18% per annum (before adjusting for service fees). The compounding potential can be unlocked if the monthly repayments from a crowdfunding exercise (yielding a 10% interest rate per annum) is reinvested, on a monthly basis, into other crowdfunding exercise (yielding a 10% interest rate per annum). In my experience, I have yet to come across a crowdfunding exercise, on Funding Societies Malaysia, which offers an interest rate of less than 10% per annum.

And if you’re wondering how does an 18% return of investment per annum measure up against other conventional investments? On average, most fixed deposits for a 12-month tenure offer about 3% interest rate or return. On top of such meagre return, your money is locked in for a 12-month period; deprived of any means of compounding. In other words, after 12 months, you will only make a return of 3% on your capital.

A potential compounded return of 18% per annum is also much higher than the return from funds such as Amanah Saham Malaysia which declared a 6 cents dividend for each RM1.00 invested or 6% return per annum for its last financial year.

Similarly, the average return from an investment in Real Estate Investment Trust or REIT is only expected to achieve an average return of 6.3% throughout 2017.

It is clear that a potential return of 18% per annum, from an investment in P2P lending, through Funding Societies Malaysia, would overshadow the returns of other types of conventional investment such as fixed deposit, Amanah Saham Malaysia or REIT, and at least in my case, relatively low risk.

Do you have any reservations about investing in P2P lending? If so, do drop a comment.

If you enjoy reading this write-up, please share and like Bursa:Going Long on Facebook for more updates, analysis and investment opportunities.

Helpful links

Click the link if you would like to know more about P2P financing with Funding Societies Malaysia.

Register an account with Funding Societies Malaysia now as they will top up an additional RM50.00, for free, into your account when you deposit and invest a minimum of RM1,000.00. To participate in this special promotion, please register an account via this LINK (be careful not refresh the link before completing the registration as it will affect the promotion code) or alternatively, use the promotion code: j1mzpcw5 when registering through Funding Societies Malaysia.

**This article is written in association with Funding Societies Malaysia.**