Recently, our guest blogger, Katie, published her step by step guide to the FundingKnight loan exchange.
She was keen to point out that the loan exchange can be a great way to begin your FundingKnight journey. After all, buying part of an existing loan (rather than bidding to get involved in a current auction) has several advantages:
You can start earning interest immediately
Since these loans are already live, your money starts working as soon as you “buy it now”. No need to wait for an auction to end, no need to worry about getting out-bid and not having the chance to re-submit your offer.
It makes spreading your investment easier… and quicker
Most people agree that spreading out your cash (diversifying your portfolio) is a good idea. It helps minimize risk because you reduce your exposure to any one loan failing.
But waiting for new loans to come on stream can be time consuming, particularly if you’re using a new platform with less loan traffic.
The loan exchange can help.
Instead of bidding on new loans, you can instantly buy parts of existing ones. That gives you instant access to all the loans that were listed before you started investing and provides the perfect way to quickly spread your investment out thinly.
You can choose shorter investment periods
Existing loans have obviously been running for some time before you buy into them, in fact, some will only have months left to run – meaning that you enter loans knowing exactly what interest rate you’ll earn (assuming no defaults) and exactly when your investment will be repaid.
And of course, if you need to access your cash earlier than planned… you simply head back to the loan exchange.
Selling part of a loan is easy, too…
When it comes to selling part of your investment – perhaps because you want to switch to another loan or simply because you need to access your cash – we’ve tried to make things as simple as possible.
Rather than having to sell your whole loan in an “all or nothing” way, you can choose exactly how much of any investment you want to sell and whether you want to apply a discount or premium to the original price.
This flexibility can be useful if you want to invest a large sum into a loan but know that you’ll soon want to sell part of your investment and buy into newer loans to speed up diversification.
It’s a feature that Steve Lee – who featured in this investor Q&A about peer to peer lending – singled out for particular praise.
We asked Steve, “are there any FundingKnight features you particularly like?” and this was his reply:
I’m impressed with the way that the loan exchange works, letting you buy and sell loan parts. Say I have £500 to bid, I often want to do 5 x £100 bids at the same interest rate. On most sites I have to do it manually five times and keep scrolling to the bid rate that on a tablet or phone is not easy.
FundingKnight allows you to split up an investment and only sell part of it on the loan exchange, giving you the option to state exactly how much you want to sell at any one time. In my opinion that makes it a superb solution, the best one available on any of the platforms I’ve used.
To visit the loan exchange, log on to www.fundingknight.com, choose Find a Loan from the menu on the left hand side and scroll down to see the loan exchange. If you’ve not already signed up, register for free via the FundingKnight website and enjoy fee free crowdlending for investors.