• Trustly
    Finance

    Trustly new payment service provider on Mintos

    On September 27 2018, Mintos introduces Trustly, a Swedish payment service provider. Mintos claims that deposits are processed instantly and will immediatelly appear on your account, assuming no extra anti-money laundering checks occur. Trustly was founded in 2008 to simplify online payments and make them easier as we are moving towards a cashless society. At the time of writing this article, Mintos featured 6 payment providers which can be used to deposit or convert money: CurrencyCloud, CurrencyFair, Deutsche Kontor, EasyChange, PaySera, and TransferWise. Of these six, TransferWise was our personal favorite, due to the attractive fee schedule and the extra services it offers such as the borderless accounts which come…

  • Martins Sulte @ Startup Day.
    Finance

    Why Mintos is better than most P2P lending platforms

    I have been investing at Mintos since June 2017. A lot has changed ever since I started investing at Mintos. It is hard to keep track. While I have been active at other peer to peer lending platforms too, not a single one of them stands out as much as Mintos does, here is why. 1 Billion EUR Mintos reaches a 1 billion EUR milestone at August 31, 2018. Mintos predicts that at the current rate, they will have funded 2 billion EUR loans by the 2019. We predict they will reach 3 billion EUR by the end of 2019. Lending Club, a very familiar U.S. peer to peer lending platform,…

  • Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller Review
    Technology

    Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller Review

    The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller is an attempt by Lenovo to address an issue that has developed in the past 20 years. Our TV’s have evolved into smart TV’s but still use the same old remotes, and computers have significantly shrunk, so they can now be used to stream content to your television, once these computers are connected to a TV, we call them HTPC’s, or home theater personal computer if they are solely used for that purpose. Or you simply want to connect a remote to a small form factor PC. Typically, these HTPC remotes also don’t look and function any better than a classic remote for your television.…

  • Finance

    1 year of investing at Mintos

    It has been 1 year since I started investing at Mintos. Time is going so fast, it is hard to keep track of everything that is going on. Lower returns Throughout 2017, we saw plenty of loans with interest rates between 13% and 15%. In July 2018, you’ll only see Mogo and GetBucks offering loans of 13% or above at the time of writing. But the problem is you won’t actually get paid too when the loans are in ‘Grace’ status or when they are bought back after 60 days. So the actual returns are more likely to be closer to 11% before tax in the best scenario. The interest…

  • Finance

    Avoiding tax efficient retirement savings in Belgium

    Why tax efficient retirement savings is bad in Belgium? For those who don’t know Belgium’s way of saving for retirement, we currently have 3 pillars: 1st pillar: Government: If you’re an employee, your gross salary will contribute to this. 2nd pillar: Employer’s group insurance, or equivalent for those self-employed 3rd pillar: Pension saving funds (‘pensioenspaarfonds’) & pension saving insurance (‘pensioenspaarverzekering’) Tax efficient retirement savings are a trap in Belgium. Many people don’t realize how much money they are losing on fees and taxes. So I decided to clear a few things up. We have two types of retirement savings accounts of the third pillar: pension saving funds and pension saving…

  • Mintos Marketplace
    Finance

    Mintos: My portfolio 9 months later

    Well, it has been 9 months since I started investing in Mintos. I decided to review and share my portfolio with everyone. I started out with 100 EUR, then gradually deposited more as I saw opportunities come by and the platform seemed stable. They were adding loan originators on a regular basis and there were no general signs of cash drag. If you are convinced to register and invest at Mintos, click one of the Mintos links to start investing with a 1% bonus. My EUR portfolio has always been stable. It is consistently giving returns about 0.85% to 1.0% per month depending on the loans you choose if you…

  • Travel

    Schengen: Tips to get approved for any visa application.

    What do I use as guarantee of return? What I see most people do is enrolling in a school or another education. I am quite sure the embassies are noticing this too. While an appointment, enrollment or a contract with an employer may help you, there are also other ways of having a guarantee of return. Co-Founder ‘Junaliex’ of this blog, never traveled in her life before, or never used her passport to leave The Philippines. When she applied for a private invitation visa to visit me in Belgium, we told the embassy we wanted to check if we can live together for 63 days to see if we are…

  • TransferWise
    Finance

    TransferWise saves you from currency exchange fees

    Regardless of their background, all people come in contact with currency exchange at some point. Whether you’re going on a holiday, or maybe you’re an overseas worker or buying things online from another country. The majority of the people lose literally hundreds or thousands of dollars every year without even noticing. We’ve been using TransferWise for over two years now and with good reason. Banking Where banks charge between 2% to 6% in currency exchange fees. This is a lot of money you’re throwing away in just the blink of an eye. TransferWise only charges 0.5% to 1% in currency exchange fees. The more you transfer, the lower the currency…

  • Mintos Marketplace
    Finance

    Mintos Detailed Statistics (March 2018)

    Before you scroll down and start reading. Make sure you understand that these statistics compare current loans vs loans that are late. This does not necessarily mean they will default. In addition to this, we only include loans in our statistics that have been issued more than 1 month ago. The goal of these statistics is to get an accurate representation of longer term loans, and not short-term loans. Do not forget to DIVERSIFY to minimize capital loss! If you want to compare March’s statistics with February’s, you can read our last month’s articles here (February 2018) and here (February 15, 2018). Current Loans By Country Let’s see what has changed…

  • The front of Notre-Dame cathedral, Paris
    Travel

    Medieval cathedral: Notre-Dame de Paris

    Notre-Dame de Paris means ‘Our lade of Paris’. It’s not simply a church, but a cathedral. The cathedral is accessible by subway. But make sure to plan well the subway stops to get there. You can use a mobile app for it if necessary, although there should be paper maps available in nearly every subway station. We managed to arrive at the wrong subway station ‘Notre-Dame des-Champs’. But we only discovered this when it was too late, when we were above ground. You should travel to either ‘St Michel‘ or ‘St Michel Notre-Dame‘. And trust us, the walk is really painful. Specially if you’ve been walking a lot in the…