Before we start, you should know that this review of Bondora Go & Grow is unbiased and based only on my personal experience.
Who is Bondora and what is Go & Grow?
Bondora was founded in 2008 and is one of the oldest and most trusted peer-to-peer lending platforms on the market. Until a couple of months ago, the only way to invest your money with Bondora was by investing in consumer loans directly through Portfolio Pro or their Portfolio Manager.
Then, in May 2018, Bondora released Go & Grow. The big advantage of Go & Grow compared to other crowdlending offers is that you can access your money at any time, which is not possible if you’re lending your money out on other platforms (although you might be able to sell loans on the secondary market). Bondora automatically invests your money into a well-diversified bucket of tens of thousands of different loans across all credit ratings (AA-HR).
The benefit of instant liquidity comes at a small cost though: The interest rate is ‘only’ ~6.75% per year. You do also pay a flat 1€ withdrawal fee whenever you make a withdrawal from your Go & Grow account.
Personally, I do love being able to access my money at any time and appreciate the still substantially higher interest rate compared to what banks currently offer. That’s why I have been keeping part of my savings at Bondora since the beginning of September.
For me it’s especially useful for generating some interest on money I need a couple of months later to pay for social insurance, taxes or other expenses.
Alright, since I want to be fully transparent with you, here is what my account looks like right now, the money I moved in and out of it and the income it has generated over the past three months:
My Bondora Go & Grow dashboard
The Gained part of the Go & Grow dashboard shows the interest that was added by Bondora (in total so far). I like that you see interest being added daily, which can be very motivating for some.
My deposits & withdrawals
- Sept. 1st: 1.954€ deposit – yes I know, couldn’t I choose a round number?
- Sept. 4th: 7.000€ deposit – knowing I would need the money at the end of the month
- Sept. 30th: 7.000€ withdrawal
My monthly income from Bondora Go & Grow
As you can see, ‘parking’ that extra money at Bondora Go & Grow in September for 26 days generated an extra 33€ in income and the remaining 2.018€ (as of Dec. 1st) are passively generating 10-11€ in interest per month.
And lastly, here is my internal rate of return (IRR) at Bondora Go & Grow since I started investing:
What was your experience?
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