If you are just starting out investing on Mintos you might be wondering how to set up the Mintos Auto Invest function so you don’t need to waste time and invest manually.

I’ve been investing on Mintos since July 2017 with annual returns of more than 10% and no default loans. Find out what I think about the platform as well as my Mintos review here.

Choosing the best investment strategy isn’t always easy and setting up your Auto Invest on Mintos might be quite challenging if you are just starting out with P2P lending. I mean, who knows what’s the best Auto Invest settings?

In this post, I will help you understand the Mintos Auto Invest so you can make educated decisions and invest into loans, that suit your investment strategy. I will be also sharing my Mintos Auto Invest strategy that generates me stable returns of more than 10% every year.

I will also explain step by step the process of setting up your Mintos Auto Invest that will help save your time and lower the risk of default.

Are you ready? Because I am – let’s get right into it.

 

Define your Mintos Auto investment strategy

“Defining my investment strategy?” Let’s just give me your Mintos Auto Invest strategy … you might be thinking.

Note, that having an investment strategy is extremely important. Not only it allows you to have clear goals but also lowers the risk of default, meaning you have a clear vision that is defining your investment decisions.

Long Story Short, you should think about the following when investing on Mintos or any other P2P lending site.

  • How much do you want to invest?
  • How long do you want to invest?
  • What’s your expected return?
  • What’s your risk profile?
Investment amount: You shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. This is also valid for P2P lending. Higher investment amounts should be spread across different P2P lending platforms to lower the platform risk. Most P2P investors invest between 5% and 50% of their capital in P2P loans.

Investment period: When do you plan to withdraw your money? Maybe you are saving up for a specific purchase. Choosing shorter loan periods allows you to access your money faster if you don’t want to deal with secondary market sell-offs.

Interest: Most investors on Mintos try to get the high-interest loans. That makes completely sense, however, you should also be looking at the loan originators that lists those loans. Higher interest is always connected to higher risks. Keep that in mind.

Risk: Mintos Auto Invest allows you to follow different strategies. You can choose loan originators according to the Mintos rating. You can also only invest in loans with a buyback guarantee and hope that the loan originator can keep that promise and buy back your investment if the borrower is late with its payments for more than 60 days.

If you don’t know what’s the buyback guarantee on Mintos, here is a short definition to refresh your mind:

The buyback guarantee is a promise from the loan originator to buy back your investment if the borrower is late with his payments for more than 60 days. It shifts the default risk from the investor back to the loan originator. Thanks to the buyback guarantee I never had a defaulted loan.

However, in the unlikely event that a loan originator goes bankrupt, the buyback guarantee might not activate and the risk of default for the investor increases.

 

Now you should have an idea of what to think about when setting up your Mintos Auto Invest strategy.

Let’s have a look at how you can let Mintos invest for you – right, I am talking about the Mintos Auto Invest options.

 

Mintos Auto Invest – Custom Strategy

mintos-auto-investMost of the Mintos investors, me included, set up their Auto Invest individually using the Custom Strategies. You can reach the option by choosing Invest in the top bar menu and clicking on Auto Invest and Create New Auto Invest strategy.

You will have the option to choose between the:

  • Mintos Investment Strategies
  • Mintos Custom Strategy

The Mintos Auto Invest custom strategy allows you to choose loans based on currency, market, loan originator, rating, loan type, country, buyback guarantee, loan period, investment amount as well as further diversification options.

Meaning you are in full control where your money is being invested. An amazing tool, if you ask me.

Now, how to set up your Mintos Auto Invest? What’s the best strategy for you?

Ideally, you set up your Mintos Auto Invest based on your defined strategy – or at least have it in mind when defining your criteria.

 

My Mintos Auto Invest Strategy

Setting up the Mintos Auto Invest might be overwhelming for investors that are just starting out investing in P2P loans.

When it comes to setting up the Auto Invest I am aiming to decrease the time spent on this task while diversifying as much as I can to lower the potential risk.
Obviously, there is no way to eliminate the risk completely. My strategy, however, helps me generate on average more than 10% interest on my investments every year.

Copy my Mintos Auto Invest Settings

If you are too busy and don’t want to spend too much time on setting up your Auto Invest you can simply copy my settings.
I do not guarantee the exact same results, however, the chance that you will get similar results is quite high.

Here are my settings:

Currency: Euro

Most loans on the Mintos platform are listed in Euros. I also suggest you transfer funds to Mintos in EUR to avoid currency exchange fees. If you don’t have a Euro account yet, you can open one within minutes via Transferwise or Revolut.

Market: Primary (for my first Auto Invest portfolio)
The primary market is listing all the new loans rather than loans that are being resold by other investors on the secondary market.

Loan Originators / Ratings / Buyback:
I am excluding all loan originators that don’t offer buyback and have a lower rating than B. You don’t need to adjust any filter within the loan originator list, just choose the ratings and the buyback options.

Countries: 15/30
Currently, I am excluding the following countries from my Mintos Auto Invest:

Armenia, Botswana, Colombia, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mexico, North Macedonia, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, UK
This choice is rather a personal preference. I am quite familiar with the loan niche in several countries as well as the practices by debt collectors or loan companies and the reasons why people get loans.

Interest Rate:
My Auto Invest interest rate slider is currently set from 12% to 20% as I aim to get the most return for my investments.

Loan Term:
I set up the max. loan period to 12 months. The loan period equals the time I am ready to lock my capital within Mintos. I can sell my investments on the secondary market if I need to do so. This comes however usually with a discount from the investor’s side. To avoid any loss in returns I rather invest in loans with the max. duration of 12 months.

This means that if I need to withdraw money from Mintos I would wait for max. 12 months to retrieve all the payments back to my account. For short-term investments, I use the P2P lending site Peerberry.

General Information

Name: Primary Market – Choose a name that best describes your portfolio

Portfolio Size: 15.000 – Choose the max. investment amount which you want to invest through the Auto Invest

Investment in one loan: 10 – 10 – Choose the amount you want to invest into one loan (the minimum amount is €10)

Do you want to reinvest: yes – Reinvest your returns to benefit from the compound interest effect

Include loans already invested in: no – this will only harm your diversification efforts

Diversify across loan originators: yes – ideally you diversify across multiple loan originators (only choos no if there isn’t enough loans to invest in)

This fully customizable Mintos Auto Invest strategy is the best option for investors who want to be somehow in control of their portfolio. It’s great for investors who prioritize diversification as well as time efficiency.

You set it up once and don’t have to worry about anything for a few months.

I suggest, however, to review your Mintos Auto Invest every few months and adjust the settings as there are more and more options added to the Auto Invest that will not activate unless you do so manually.

My Mintos Auto Invest Strategy in 7 Steps

1. Limit the choice of loan originators

Choose loan originators with the best ratings.

2. Limit the choice of countries

Avoid countries where the debt collection may be too difficult.

3. Choose a short loan period

Access your money fast. Invest in loans under 12 months.

4. Invest in loans with Buyback Guarantee

Secure your investments with a Buyback Guarantee

5. Don't invest in the same loan twice

Diversify across all available loans.

6. Reinvest your returns

Benefit from the compound interest effect.

7. Invest with the minimum amount

Invest only €10 to diversify as much as possible and lower your risk of default.

Minimize risks and diversify your portfolio

Before I close up with this section I should mention how you can minimize the risks by choosing the right loan originators (companies that list their loans on Mintos).

At the end of the day, you don’t want to invest in loans of companies that will be hard to retrieve right?

There are two ways to go about it. First, you look into the Mintos Statistic and look at default loans or loans that led to bad debt (could not be retrieved anymore).

Have a look at the Mintos Statistic

In this case, you could adjust would adjust the settings in our Auto Invest and exclude car loans without buyback from Mogo, which were funded in Latvia.
You can also just exclude loans that offer no buyback without other adjustments. Why? Because you won’t find any loans with buyback in the statistic that defaulted.
The only reason why you would want to exclude parameters individually would be the potentially higher amount of available loans that you can invest in.

Analyze Mintos Ratings

The second way how to minimize risk is to have a look at Mintos Ratings and exclude loan originators with risky ratings. Note that the ratings of loan originators are constantly changing. You can learn more about the assessment methodology under Loan Listings – Mintos Ratings.

Researching loan originators and trying to estimate the risk alone is a very time-consuming task that does not bring as much value. In many cases, it is hard to find information about the loan originator in the English language. It is more efficient to rely on the tools Mintos is offering to you (statistics and ratings) and use common sense to adjust your Mintos Auto Invest.

Invest in loan orginators that pay out interest on delayed payments

If you want to receive interest on your delayed payment you should choose only those loan originators that pay it out. There is plenty of loan companies on Mintos that don’t do this. The disadvantage for you is that your money won’t earn you anything during the “delayed” period.

You can access this information when clicking on Loan Originators in the footer menu on Mintos. Choose the company and view more details.

I am not using this strategy as it limits the choice and my Auto Invest might not have enough available loans to invest in. 

Mintos Auto Invest | Secondary Market

Until now we have been talking about using the Mintos Auto Invest to invest on the primary market, meaning newly listed loans.
Since the beginning of 2019 Mintos is offering an Auto Invest for loans listed on the secondary market.

Some investors speculate and use this option to increase returns while investing in discounted loans.

If an investor decides to withdraw money from Mintos while his investments are not yet fully retrieved, the investor can sell those on the secondary market for a discounted price.

Users who set up the Auto Invest for the secondary market will be prioritized as compared to investors who invest manually on the secondary market.

Here are my settings for the Auto Invest on the secondary market:

My investment in the secondary market is rather small as I am still testing this option to see whether it increases the returns.

I set up my Auto Invest for the secondary market to invest in loans with up to 99% discount and 0% premium.

Here is an image of my Mintos Auto Invest Secondary Market Portfolio:

My secondary market portfolio consists of loans with interest from 12% to 13% per year and therefore slightly more than my Mintos Autoinvest on the primary market (currently mostly loans for 10.5%).

As you can see for yourself, there are some loans with a loan period of up to 19 months. I had to increase the loan period as there weren’t enough loans with a shorter period.

It’s a bit hard to make a conclusion whether investing in the secondary market brings more interest, as the interest tends to vary depending on the time invested as well as the demand for loans and the supply from investors. It’s, however, worth an experiment.

 

My Mintos Auto Invest is not working – what to do?

If you are investing in P2P loans for a while you will at some point be in the situation where there are no loans at the platform to invest into.
You will notice this if you have available funds in your account while your Auto Invest is activated.

The reason why your Auto Invest is not working is due to the limits you set up in your Auto Invest. Click on your Auto Invest (edit) and scroll down to the terms of loans.

If you don’t see any charts like here, there are currently no loans that match your criteria.

There are a few options to go about it:

  • Adjust your Auto Invest settings, include other loan originators and expand the range of interest rate as well as the loan period.
  • Do nothing and wait until new loans will be listed that match your criteria
  • Create an Invest & Access portfolio that invests for you and diversifies your investment across all available loans with buyback.
  • Withdraw the balance and invest it on another platform such as PeerBerry, Envestio or EstateGuru.

Sometimes the Mintos Auto Invest doesn’t work because there is a problem with the algorithm. The best way to get guidance on what to do is to get in touch with Mintos Support via their chat. 

Mintos Investment Strategies – who is that for?

I have been wondering the same for a while now and came to the conclusion that the Mintos Investment Strategies must for extremely lazy investors that don’t care about their diversification.

The Mintos Investment Strategies allow investors to activate the Mintos Auto Invest based on predefined strategies.

You can choose between three strategies:

  1. Short-term strategy from 7% p.a. with a loan period from 0 – 3 months
  2. Diversified strategy from 8,5% p.a. with a loan period up to 25 months
  3. Secured strategy from 7% p.a. with a loan period up to 40 months

Don’t get fooled by the names. All of the investment strategies invest also in loans without the buyback guarantee.

Personally I am not a huge fan of this option. The only benefit I see is that it’s faster than setting up your Mintos Auto Invest by yourself. Also, it looks a lot like Mintos was trying to get more investors that would invest in longer loans.

With the new Invest & Access feature the Mintos Auto Invest Strategies are obsolete anyway, as the Invest & Access strategy invests only in loans with a buyback guarantee. You can also withdraw the money faster as you don’t need to sell them off manually on the secondary market.

 

Mintos Auto Invest Strategy| Final Thoughts

There is currently no other P2P platform that offers such a well developed Auto Invest as Mintos.

The diversification options are almost limitless. The Mintos Auto Invest allows you to invest in P2P loans without any time investment. It’s the perfect tool for investors who prefer the passive and automated investment strategy.

This is also one of the reasons, why I personally invest in P2P loans on Mintos. If you are looking in investing some of your spare capital, Mintos can be a good option for you.

New investors that sign up with my link will also receive a bonus of 1% of their invested amount within the first 3 months after registration.

if you haven’t yet

 

Need help? Comment below

Feel free to share you Auto Invest settings in the comments below. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I am happy to help.  

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