Friday, April 23, 2010

Last loan of my recent batch of Lending Club investment loans has been issued

Overnight the last loan in my latest batch of Lending Club investment loans reached 100% funding and was issued. My new order to reinvest accumulated interest and return of principal in yet another investment loan note is now 47% funded with a little less than seven days to get fully funded.

Meanwhile, my Net Annualized Return has moved up to 15.34%, which puts me up at the 89% percentile with only 11% of Lending Club investors earning a higher return than me. I'd like to get that up into the low 90's. I have a total of 52 notes, plus the new one from yesterday that is still in funding.

Even with this doubling of my total portfolio size, my Lending Club investment is still a modest size experiment. Even doubled again it would still be modest size. If all goes according to plan (not that I actually have a plan), by the end of the year I should finally have a real investment in Lending Club loans.

My goal continues to be a 15% return, but I figure I need a little buffer so that repayments (and maybe even defaults) don't push me below my goal too frequently. I may in fact keep pushing upwards with loans in the 16% to 18% range until I get my return up to 16% and then gradually work the average back to 15.5%.

So far, my Lending Club portfolio has been perfect, with no delinquencies or even late payments. I started investing with Lending Club back in June 2009.

This is still just an experiment for me since I have no prior experience with this type of investment, but so far in has been very encouraging. I intend to double the size of the experiment in June or July (assuming my work income continues.)

-- Jack Krupansky

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