Every quarter I share my marketplace lending investment returns with the world. I started doing this back in 2011 with just my LendingClub and Prosper accounts. Today, I share my returns from 14 different accounts across a variety of investment vehicles and platforms.
If you have been reading these posts in the past year or so you will have noticed a steady decline in my returns, primarily caused by underperformance in my LendingClub accounts. That trend has continued with my latest results with my worst performance ever since I started investing in LendingClub back in 2009.
From the beginning I have focused my investing primarily in the highest risk notes and this is the segment that has been hit hardest by defaults. Earlier this year I adjusted my strategy and started investing across the entire risk spectrum but it is a bit like steering a battleship. Given my many thousands of notes it takes a while for any changes to show up in my portfolio returns.
The only good news on this front is that recent vintages at LendingClub appear to be performing better so I am hopeful I can turn this battleship around in the next quarter or two.
Overall Marketplace Lending Return at 6.64%
My trailing 12 month returns for the year ended September 30, 2017 across all my accounts was 6.64%. This was my first quarter without the Direct Lending Investments (DLI) fund. As I mentioned in my last update I was redeemed from that fund on June 30. This has been my best performing investment of the last four years and it will be very difficult to replace it with investments of similar yield. This will also provide a drag on my returns going forward.
I have used the proceeds from DLI to increase my positions at a couple of platforms and have started deploying into new investments. With this edition I am sharing three platforms where I have made new investments: AlphaFlow, Money360 and Yieldstreet. You can read more information about these and all my other investments below.
Now on to the details. Click the table below to see it at full size.