Which are the MUST KNOW things before start investing in Klear?
1. Do not invest your emergency buffer
Peer to Peer investing is offering the possibility to get a significantly higher return compared to deposits in exchange for slightly higher risk. Great! This is worth trying, but only if you have savings on top of the amount you consider necessary to cover unexpected expenses or emergencies.
We advise you to keep your emergency buffer on your bank account, in order to be available anytime.
2. Diversify in as many loans as possible
Klear takes care of the selection of creditworthy borrowers and prices their interest rate according to the risk profile (segment). Investors should get the average expected return.
For your return to be as close as possible to this average, you should invest in many loans, at least 150.
3. Do not keep idle money on your Klear account
You get return only on the money you’ve invested in loans. If you keep idle money on your Klear account during a long time, you miss opportunities.
We recommend you check regularly your dashboard to reinvest the idle money on new loans. It’s important because almost every day you will receive back some small payments from the loans you’ve already invested in.
Once you know well how the platform works, the most efficient way is to set up the Auto Investing tool. You define your investment strategy and the tool will automatically invest on your behalf every time a loan matching your criteria appears and you have available money in your wallet.
4. Be clear when you will need your money back
If you invest with the idea to generate a long-term saving for your retirement, for example, then no need to pay too much attention to the duration of the loans.
But if for example, you have an important project in 4 years, then we recommend you invest in loans with a remaining duration below 4 years. Besides, month after month, when you reinvest the money returned, reinvest it in shorter and shorter duration.
5. Start investing on secondary market only when you master the topic
Secondary market has not been built with the idea of making (or losing) fast money like the stock market. Its purpose is to offer the possibility for investors to sell their portfolio if they need their money before planned.
Investors can sell at a different price. So, be careful, being able to assess if you’re going to make a good deal when buying on the secondary market is not easy. We try to help with a valuation model (see KIP), but we recommend to go there only once you have extensive experience with the platform and its model.