Diversification and returns

Spreading capital across multiple assets is considered one of the best ways to manage investment risk. The more diversified an investor’s portfolio is, the less they feel the impact of market events on its individual parts.

Why diversification matters

All investments come with the risk of losing the invested money. By investing in many different assets, investors can mitigate their exposure to individual investments failing: Each investment will only make up a small part of the portfolio, and losses in one area might be offset by gains in another – especially if the individual assets are less correlated. So while investment risk can never be completely eliminated, diversification is widely regarded as a key tool for reducing investment risk and earning consistent returns.

Diversification on Mintos

There’s no single proven way to build a diversified portfolio. That said, some common principles from investment theory can be applied.

What this means

Holding a large enough number of assets

Investing in small parts of many loans can reduce exposure to borrower defaults. This can also reduce the volatility of the portfolio and lead to more stable returns. Holding more loans means each of them represents a smaller part of the portfolio and will have a smaller impact on the portfolio’s performance.

What this means

The portfolio includes 100 different loan parts or more.

Avoiding concentration

Investing in loans issued by a variety of lending companies can reduce exposure to the credit risk of each lending company.

What this means

Loans issued by any 5 different lending companies make up no more than a combined 50% of the portfolio.
No more than 20% of the portfolio is made up of loans issued by one lending company.

Investing across different economies

Diversifying across geographies can reduce exposure to unexpected geopolitical or economic events.

What this means

Loans issued in any 3 countries make up no more than a combined 50% of the portfolio.
No more than 33% of the loans have been issued in any one country.

Diversification and return

Diversification revolves around the understanding that some assets will perform better than others, but investors don’t know in advance which ones. The return on a diversified portfolio will always be lower than the highest-performing investment. Conversely, it will also always be higher than the lowest-performing investment. That means more diversified investors will have on average more stable returns and fewer negative outliers.¹
Net Annual Return
See detailed graph Net returns earned by investors on Mintos in relation to their weighted average Mintos Diversification Score in 2020. In the net return calculations write-offs have been applied to the loans issued by suspended lending companies based on our current recovery estimates. Diversification does not completely eliminate investment risk.

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