Envestio is definitely gone!
January 24, 2020
From everything that happened so far is more and more clear that Envestio shut down their site on purpose and it's all gone. We can only try to report them to the police and hope we will be recovering some of our funds.For real time updates you can join these Telegram discussion groups: - https://t.me/envestiodiscussion - https://t.me/envestioofficial (not really official) - https://t.me/envestiosuingYou can also join this Facebook group.
Envestio site is down and no news from them
January 22, 2020
Following a rather confusing message posted yesterday on their Facebook page, their website went down almost immediately. One day later that's still the case without any word from their side. Something fishy is definetly going on, and there is a high chance that investors lost their money. I also have money with them. I requested to withdraw the not invested money (so not made a buyback) and I haven't received any so far.Someone created this Telegram group, that you can join to stay updated with the situation.
Former Envestio COO Evgeniy Kukin is back on his position
January 15, 2020
In an attempt to try to calm the spirits, Envestio is bringing back the former COO, Evgeniy Kukin. At the same time, Mr. Eduard Ritsmann, who was appointed to the position of COO and Development Director right after the sale of the platform in December 2019, will continue working for Envestio as the Head of Sales. You can read the full message on their Facebook page here.While this is definetly a good move, I decided to reduce my own stake in Envestio by withdrawing free money on the account. My Envestio portfolio was always a small one anyway, as I never felt comfortable to add more to it.
Concerns about Envestio
January 14, 2020
Following the ownership change and after all the problems with Kuetzal, looks like Envestio is having some hard times as well. To learn more I invite you to read this and this and decide for yourself if you still want to continue with Envestio or not. I am strongly thinking to reduce my exposure, although is just 5% of my entire P2P portfolio.
Kuetzal announces that they are closing down!
January 12, 2020
Kuetzal sent an email today to all investors to notify them about closing down the operations. If you ask me, this is the only natural next step for them to do. Their reputation, if they had one, was clearly damaged, and there was no way to continue operations. And, as previously announced on the P2P Lending Monitor, they also say that "due to high number of reports, claims and negative messages SEB Bank and PAPAYA (the only two banks that Kuetzal used) initiated the AML check and has temporarily blocked Kuetzal’s bank accounts." Unfortunately, they haven't clarified enough the number one question. How investors will recover their money? Even if their bank accounts will get unblocked, can they return all the invested money? Not even mentioning the interest... I am hoping things will sort out in the best possible way, without many repercussions on the P2P and crowdlending industry.Click here to view the email they sent
Kuetzal bank accounts blocked and waiting for the AML procedure to finish to release payments to investors
January 08, 2020
Investors that made requests to withdraw their money from Kuetzal are now reporting that they received an answer from Kuetzal, stating their bank account is blocked, and waiting for the AML procedure to finish by end of January and make every payment in the first week of February. Read more here and here.Here is the full response: "Hello, We are now trying to unblock our bank account to be able to make all of our pending transfers. We are expecting to finish our AML procedure by the of January and make every payment during the first week of February."
Robocash license revoked in Philippines
December 20, 2019
From a post on the P2P Investment Fellows Facebook group we learn that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from Philippines revoked the license to operate for Robocash over lack of business permits. You can read more about it here. Here is also a statement from Robocash.The decision doesn't seem to be final. Also, looking at their financials here, although I am no expert, it looks like their exposure in Philippines is not very big, so I don't expect it to have a major impact on the whole group operations. We will have to see what happens in the end.Update December 24, 2019: Based on a blog post from Robocash, we learn that they stopped issuing new loans from Philippines. Also they are telling us that they will continue to service existing loans: "All the invested funds including the earned interest will be paid back to investors in due course set by the existing assignment agreements". Interestingly enough, we also learn that the mother company's (Robocash Group) stake in joint venture Robocash Finance Corp. (the Philippines company) was bought out by existing shareholders on 2 November 2019 and since then Robocash Group does not control the operations of the company.
IuteCredit Europe will cover loan repayments on Mintos for Kosovo branch
December 13, 2019
Following the news that the license of IuteCredit Kosovo license got revoked there were a lot unknowns and fear that investors will lose their money. We were all wondering if the Group Guarantee will be executed in this situation.Finally some good news! Mintos posted on their blog today that IuteCredit Europe, the owner of the IuteCredit Kosovo branch, will be covering ongoing outstanding payments and 60 days late payments with a buyback guarantee.Read more hereUpdate December 23, 2019: In a new blog post from Mintos, we learn that "since December 6, 2019 IuteCredit Group has transferred a total of 161.415,43 EUR of borrowers’ payments to Mintos".Moreover, IuteCredit Group transferred today an additional early repayment of 500.000 EUR. This means that any upcoming payments due to investors with active investments in loans issued by IuteCredit Kosovo will be made right away. This is definetly another good news for investors.
Monego loans on Mintos will be repayed by Finitera group
December 12, 2019
The Central Bank of Kosovo has appointed a liquidator, as representative of Monego, which has the responsibility on behalf of Monego to transfer the received borrowers’ repayments to Mintos to credit investors accounts accordingly.However, if the borrowers do not repay the loans and they are more than 60 days late, the Finitera group as a guarantor will cover the payments. As it turns out, Finitera was in final stages of bringing Monego under its direct ownership. This is an interesting development, to say at least. We will all like to know more about this new company behind Monego.Read more here
Kuetzal, is it a scam?
December 10, 2019
As there weren't enough bad news already, Oscar from Explore P2P released today a post claiming that Kuetzal, a Latvian P2P platform, issued a loan to a potential fake petrol company called Alborg Petrol. Fortunately, I never invested in Kuetzal, so nothing to worry for me.I invite you to read more on Oscar's blog.Update December 11, 2019: Jørgen, a well known P2P blogger, also posted an article on the situation. He mentions he will try to meet the new Kuetzal CEO, Maksims, on December 18th. You can read it here.Update December 12, 2019: Kuetzal emailed everyone saying that they appointed an independent auditor, "who would perform a company research on current and past operations of SIA Alborg Petrol". I wonder how this will end up eventually? Probably is safe to say they lost trust of pretty much everyone.Update December 18, 2019: Jørgen and 2 investors (blog followers) met Maksims in Riga. We learn that the Riga office is pretty much closed, and that all the Latvian employees left with the previous CEO. Read about other details on the updated Jørgen's post.Update December 19, 2019: Oscar from Explore P2P posted a follow-up on Kuetzal. Please go and read it here. The situation starts to become more and more interesting. I really hope this will have a happy ending...Update December 27, 2019: Georg from CrowdlendingRocks just posted an interesting interview he made in June 2019 with the old CEO of Kuetzal, Alberts. Based on this interview he decided to not invest in them. I think it's a very interesting post so I encourage you to go and read it here.
FAST INVEST received first Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off
December 10, 2019
From a message posted in P2P Investment Fellows Facebook group we learn that FAST INVEST received a notice for compulsory strike-off because of late paperwork. See the notice here.A compulsory strike-off occurs when a company's legal existence is removed from the Companies House Register. See also the FAST INVEST comments on Twitter.FAST INVEST already had a not so good reputation, and this event doesn't make it any better. I recently invested in them, a very small amount, but I should probably have not. Sometimes it's easy to forget that rule number #1 is to not lose money, and this risk on FAST INVEST is higher than all the other platforms I am currently invested. Update December 11, 2019: The compulsory strike-off action has been discontinued. See here.
Is KFP loan originator from Iuvo Group (and Viventor) in trouble?
December 07, 2019
From a message posted in P2P Investment Fellows Facebook group we learn that the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) added a new entity to the list of public warnings. The question is if is the same company as one of the loan originators on Iuvo Group? In the Facebook post there is a link to an article explaining the whole situation. Read it here. It may seem the companies are different, but they share same address? I guess somehow they are still related.Update December 09, 2019: Iuvo Group released a statement saying that the warning is for a different company, and not their loan originator. They don't clarify it why both companies have the same address.Update December 11, 2019: From a comment on the same Facebook post from Angelo from https://www.p2pinvesting.eu/ it seems the loan originator is on Viventor as well, and they provided a clearer response: "It was one of KFP agents, which was commissioned to search for persons interested in the Company's product offer."
IuteCredit and Monego license revoked in Kosovo
December 06, 2019
The Central Bank of Kosovo revoked the licenses of IuteCredit and Monego. They won't be able to issue new loans. Mintos suspended loans issued in Kosovo for both IuteCredit and Monego from the Primary and Secondary market.I had a bunch of loans (not a lot) issued by Kosovo branch and managed to sell them on the secondary market before Mintos imposed the restriction. I am sorry for the person who bought them, and this is why I don't like to have an Auto Invest strategy for the secondary market. You'll never know what you're buying.Read more here
Envestio changed owner and COO
December 02, 2019
Envestio is letting us know in a blog post that they have a new owner, Mr. Arkadi Ganzin. "Mr. Ganzin has great experience in German banking industry where he was working prior to starting his own oil and gas products trading venture."Following the ownership change, we also have a new COO and Development Director, Mr. Eduard Ritsmann, "an experienced sales person, who has more than 20 years long outstanding track record in international sales and project leadership".The former Envestio COO Evgeniy Kukin, will continue work as General Advisor for at least six more months. Read more hereUpdate December 16, 2019: After recent change of ownership and appointing of the new COO, there were lots of concerns of what will happen with Envestio. The new COO, Eduard Ritsmann, is trying to clarify a few concerns in this video.Update December 30, 2019: Ido, who writes at colminey.com, emailed Envestio to try to clarify exiting concerns. Read more about this here.Update January 03, 2020: It looks like Envestio changed their official address in the company register to Harju maakond, Tallinn, Nõmme linnaosa, Rännaku pst 12, 10917. This is more like a "virtual office" as there are few other companies registered with the same address. I am not sure what this means exactly, if anything, but seems related to the recent owner change.
Metrokredit lost the license and can't issue new loans anymore
November 08, 2019
In a blog post Mintos is letting us know that Metrokredit is not able to issue new loans as Central Bank of the Russian Federation has excluded them from State Register of the Microfinance Organizations. That seems big trouble on the horizon.Mintos investors with existing investments in loans originated by Metrokredit will continue receiving borrower repayments as they are collected.Mintos also downgraded them from B- to C.For those who were not aware, Metrokredit seems to be a related party of Mintos. I am hoping this will matter and they will do their best to resolve the problems.Read more hereUpdate November 15, 2019: An update on Mintos blog states that Metrokredit continues to service existing loans and is working with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation to resolve the problems.They also say that the Buyback Guarantee is still valid and will be honored for loans that are past 60 days late.Update December 17, 2019: In a very unexpected development it looks like Metrokredit is part of a global finance company, Finko, along with other loan originators from Mintos: Varks, Sebo, Dinero and Lendo. This company, Finko, appeared all of a sudden but at least now we understand more and we can make better decisions in the future.
Rapido Finance suspended from Mintos market place (and defaulted)
October 23, 2019
Two weeks ago Rapido Finance was downgraded from B- to C and now they are suspended from the primary and secondary market place.What is going on?Mintos says this "Due to the current lack of payment activity from Rapido Finance to Mintos, as of October 23 the automatic execution of buybacks and the amortization of Rapido Finance loans will be discontinued accordingly. As a result, the payment dynamics to Mintos investors with active investments in loans offered by Rapido Finance will be interrupted."Is Rapido Finance going to default? Fortunately, I never had any of their loans as they didn't match my criteria.Read more hereUpdate November 04, 2019: Mintos downgrades Rapido Finance to D which clearly means it has defaulted and there is little chance to recover any money.
Mintos is downgrading the ratings for Rapido Finance and Aasa
October 10, 2019
Mintos is downgrading Aasa Poland from A- to B+. This decision is driven by regulatory uncertainty in Poland which may limit the APR.Rapido Finance has also been downgraded from B- to C. Mintos mentions they are going through a change in business strategy and significantly reduced their loan portfolio. As a result, the financial performance of the company has been affected negatively.Read more here
Grupeer prepares for loans without Buyback Guarantee
September 24, 2019
Grupeer updated yesterday their terms and conditions in preparation for upcoming changes on the platform. One of those changes is introduction of loans without Buyback Guarantee. That made many investors nervous as wasn't very clear what it means.In response, Grupeer released today a blog post clarifying things. Shortly, the change will not affect existing loans. All existing loans are still with Buyback Guarantee, and that will not change. This will apply only for some of the new loans in the future. We will see. Probably a new loan originator that doesn't want BB.They also added a new filter in the Auto Invest tool to filter out loans without BB and has selected by default only loans with BB. Therefore, no action for you to take in Auto Invest. Even if they add new loans without BB, Auto Invest will not pick up those, unless you go and modify the filter on purpose.
Repayments on hold on Viventor for Aforti Factor and Aforti Finance
August 08, 2019
Follwing the news from yesterday with Aforti being suspended on Mintos, the same thing is happening today on Viventor. In a blog post they announce that "due to delay in payments by the loan originators Aforti Factor and Aforti Finance to Viventor’s bank account, all repayments for the loans including the buyback guarantees are currently put on hold until the late payments have been received".Read more hereUpdate August 19, 2019: In a new blog post, Viventor claims that all the delay in payments was due to "technical problems in reconciling the outstanding balances". Now these problems have been resolved, and they expect to "restore regular payment flow". Read more about this update here.
Aforti Finance suspended from Mintos market place
August 07, 2019
Mintos is informing all of us that Aforti has been suspended from primary and secondary market place. "This means you cannot buy or sell Aforti Finance loans, effective immediately until further notice.""The decision was made based on Aforti Finance’s overdue transfers of borrower’s payments to the Mintos marketplace."We don't know yet what's happening. I think we will know more in the next few days, but is not good.Read more hereUpdate August 09, 2019: Yesterday Mintos had a meeting with Aforti's management in Warsaw, Poland where they discussed the current situation. But they aren't saying more than this, other than they expect "Aforti Finance to get back on track with passing borrower repayments to Mintos for distributing among investors".Anxiety of investors is at the highest levels. No one knows clearly what's going on, with Mintos avoiding telling us the real reasons behind all of this.Read more about this update here.Update August 12 and 13, 2019: Nothing new, just that Mintos is meeting again with Aforti in Warsaw, Poland. Read more here.Update August 16, 2019: It looks like Mintos reached an agreement with Aforti and they will resume passing borrower payments to investors from today. Is still not clear what happened. A technical mismatch with their IT systems? Read more here.Update December 19, 2019: One more update here. The situation is more or less clear. Mintos made payments to investors from their own money, thinking that Aforti will make those payments eventually. When that didn't happened (for what ever reason), then things started to degrade quickly. After reaching an agreement with Mintos, Aforti started to transfer some money to Mintos, but those were used to cover the money Mintos payed to investors in the first place. Is unclear if this negative settlement was covered already or not. Read more here.
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