Welcome to August’s Secondary Market statistics blog post. Recently, we talked about the most common methods used to purchase current, overdue and defaulted P2P loans and whether these transactions were made at a premium, discounted or par value.

Below, we are going to do the same based on the transactions made in July 2018.

Total volume

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In July 2018, the total amount of investments made through the Secondary Market totaled €966,264.17, a reduction of approximately 17% (-€198,408.09) compared to June. Similar to last month, the manual investing option led the way in volume – ahead of Portfolio Manager and the API for the second time.

In July, the total amount of manual investments reduced by over 31% (-€219,679.40) and the share in relation to the total stands at 49.8%. In comparison, the amount of purchases made via the API on the Secondary Market increased by 23.6% (+€27,150.53) and the total share for the month increased to 14.7%. Along with the changes to the API and manual options, Portfolio Manager saw a small reduction of 1.68% and held approximately 35.5% of the total share.

For information on our overall funding statistics, read more here.

Current loans

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In line with previous months, Portfolio Manager still leads the way in purchasing current loans at a par value. On the other hand, manual investors were the most successful at purchasing current loans at a discounted value (€117,855.35). In addition to this, manual investors purchased €116,188.79 of current loans at a premium, compared to €39,913.12 via the API.

As a reminder, no priority is given to any investment method (including Portfolio Manager) and is not biased based on an investor’s portfolio size.

Overdue loans

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In July, there was a decrease of 42% in the total amount of overdue P2P loans purchased through the Secondary Market. The majority of these transactions were completed manually and at a discount (€28,225.66).

Defaulted loans

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Overall, the total amount of defaulted loans purchased through the Secondary Market decreased by 56.5% in July. The most notable change here is the volume of the amount purchased manually and at a discount, in March this figure stood at €23,066.09, in April €81,198.45, in May €94,135.92, in June €283,979.60 and in July €121,952.63.

In comparison, only €0.06 of defaulted loans were purchased at a premium via the API. A unique strategy used by a small number of investors is to purchase defaulted loans with a significant discount with the plan to reap the rewards once the collection and recovery process begins to generate a cash flow. However, it should be noted that this is an extremely high risk strategy that often results in a poor net return and even losses.

Good to know

Selling your loans can result in a loss of the original principal, as the secondary market typically does not provide a high enough premium for current loans to compensate for the non-performing part of the portfolio. Therefore, we advise to proceed with caution and not to try and sell everything at once if you see a percentage of your portfolio in default. It is likely that you will quickly sell the performing part of your portfolio and be left with the loans in recovery, significantly damaging your expected return.

The speed of the sales process depends on the market demand. In general, current loans are more liquid and will usually be sold within a day if sold at par value or a slight premium. Delinquent loans may take more time or the sale can be unsuccessful. As soon as another investor has purchased your loan, you will receive the funds directly to your Bondora account.

If you’re still unsure how to sell your loans, you should always get in touch on investor@bondora.com and have a chat with one of our experienced Investor Relations Associates who will walk you through it step by step.