Funding Societies – My First Default

Funding Societies Malaysia

First off, an update on my portfolio’s performance with Funding Societies Malaysia. Annualised returns have gone down from 13% to 9.23%.

A lower figure compared to January but still, a 9.23% return is commendable for an investment.

Mainly due to –
1. A default; and
2. New unutilised capital.

My First Default(s)

It caught me off guard when I first received notice on the default on the issued notes, of which I’ve put in RM300 each into the affected notes.

MBBT-18080032
MBBT-18080033
MBBT-18080034

Being caught off guard like that isn’t always a nice experience but it was mitigated somewhat because I’ve constantly been managing my own expectations and prepping for a few defaults.

Re-adjusting Funding Societies’ Auto-invest Bot

If you’ve noticed, all the notes come from a single issuer or company. So it’s back to the drawing board for me.

I’ve now switched my auto-invest bot settings to have ‘Max Issuer Exposure’ from the previous 25% to a mere 5%. I don’t want to be over-invested in one single issuer.

In the event that a single issuer defaults, my loss exposure will never exceed 5% of my total loan portfolio.

Steps Taken by Funding Societies

It all started on 7 January 2019. The issuer contacted Funding Societies to delay payment. Below will be the notices I received from Funding Societies. In chronological order.

This will be pretty lengthy but it is important you as investors know the step-by-step process taken by Funding Societies.

7 January 2019

Dear Investor, The Issuer has reached out to us to push back the repayment of January 2019 due amount because pending receivables from their client, this will include late interest charges. Tentatively, repayment of January 2019 due will be on 18 January 2019. Thank you for understanding the situation. Team Funding Societies 7/01/2019, 6.20pm

** And thereafter, lengthy amounts of back and forth discussions with the issuer on the settlement. I’ll spare you the details. With the issuer failing to make repayments in March, Funding Societies finally decided to serve a letter of demand.

10 April 2019

Dear Investor, We wish to update that we have served the Letter of Demand as of 8 April 2019. At this stage we continue to be in contact with Issuer through our lawyers to demand for RM 50,000 which due on 31 March 2019, and upcoming RM 150,000 which is due 15 April 2019. As we wait for Issuer response to the Letter of Demand, kindly allow us to update you by 17 April 2019. Team Funding Societies 10 April 2019, 8.30pm

18 April 2019

Dear Investor, We would like to inform you that Note Issuer has made a partial payment of total RM 10,000 and it has been distributed as principle to investors on 16 April 2019. However, the amount made by Issuer is less than what we have requested from the Issuer. We are still in the midst of negotiating the outstanding repayment term with Issuer. As per our last update, the Letter of Demand has been served to the Note Issuer, and the Note Issuer has only made payment of RM 10,000.00 of the promised RM 200,000.00 upon the expiry of the Letter of Demand on 17 April 2019. At the meantime, we are escalating our recovery efforts through legal avenues and are discussing with the appointed panel lawyer on how to approach this matter effectively. You may refer to your email for full update. Kindly allow us until 3 May 2019 to provide you updates on the progress of recovery. We truly appreciate your kind patience and continued support. Team Funding Societies 18 April 2019, 1.25PM

End.

So there you have it. I’ve said there would be defaults and I’m sharing with everyone the first of mine.

There are inherent risks in investing in P2P financing. To mitigate, I am diversifying as much as I can. Putting in small amounts in every note issued.

And now, as I’ve learnt the hard way, not to overexpose myself to one single issuer.

I hope everyone learns from this.

That being said, I am still getting a 9.23% return. So don’t let yourself be discouraged by my defaults.

😀

Sign Up!

If you have not already, you can sign up with Funding Societies hERE.
Alternatively, you may use the code: j1mwa37p
You’ll receive RM50 upon investing your first RM1,000.

Note:
Funding Societies has reduced their referral bonus from RM50 to RM30 effective 1st March 2019.

Using my code and link, you’ll still receive RM50.

StashAway

Meet Up

Having been watching and hearing a lot about StashAway for the past few months, I finally met up with Wai Ken and Albert Kok from the StashAway team.

I got to know more about the company itself and the team behind it. I was impressed by both the team and the technology behind StashAway. I’ll, therefore, be guiding you to opening a new account and investing in them with this article.

Economic Regime-based Asset Allocation (ERAA)

I’ve put off opening an account for a while now as I wasn’t too sure what kind of ‘sophisticated investment strategies’ the company was going to apply to my hard earned money.

They call it the ERAA. In short:
1. You determine your risk levels
2. StashAway picks the securities to invest in for you
3. ERAA will re-adjust the asset allocation to maintain your previously determined risk level

What I Like About StashAway

  1. As a retail investor, you get access to a multitude of investments from the US, Japan etc.
  2. You also pay fees only available to the big boys.
  3. Auto readjustment of your portfolio. You can leave your portfolio as it is for years and let StashAway handle it.
  4. Annual fees start at 0.8% and it goes down as you invest more

Dislikes

I found that I was unable to pick and choose personally the assets which I want to invest in. The only choice I had as an investor was to reset my risk profile and look at the breakdown of assets to be invested in.

Why? This is in StashAway’s FAQ –
Based on your risk preferences, selected goal, and current economic regime, our algorithm carefully picks the ETFs most suitable for your goal. This allows us to provide the most optimal diversification personalised to you. As such, it is not possible for a customer to handpick the ETFs or the allocation.

Getting Started

First things first, sign up at this link hERE.
Dividend Magic has partnered with StashAway to get you 50% off your fees for the first RM100,000 invested for 6 months.

Now, I didn’t have too much trouble with the account sign up. It took me about 5 minutes but I’ll guide you through it as best I can. With pics.

Step 1 – Getting Started
Step 2 – Your Email and Password
Step 3 – Your Goals and Portfolio
My Parameters
Projections for my Portfolio – I wish.
Step 4 – Eligibility
Step 5 – More Assessments
Final Step – Set up your risk profile!

My Investment

I’ll personally be depositing about RM3K to RM10K as a start.

This will be a long term passive investment for me and I’ve decided to put my money into a balanced portfolio, with a StashAway risk index of 14%.

The portfolio mix will consist of 54.5% growth assets and 45.5% protective assets.

Have any of you started investing in StashAway? How is your porfolio doing? And for those who are planning to start out, please do share the portfolio mix you’ve decided on and why.