While financial markets are experiencing instability due to the coronavirus epidemic, European peer-to-peer investors have not been affected by the situation.
According to a poll from P2P platform Robo.cash, 76.4 per cent of investors have continued investing as before, without making any changes to their portfolios.
In 18.1 per cent of cases the share of P2P in their investment portfolios reduced, either because they withdrew funds fully or partially from it or increased the volume of other assets.
Another 3.1 per cent of investors increased the proportion of P2P investments during the outbreak.
“Based on the statistics of the fintech holding Robocash Group, which owns the P2P platform Robo.cash, its lending volumes have not decreased since December 2019 when the epidemic started,” Robo.cash said.
“Moreover, taking into account the digital nature of the group’s lending services, the customers have a chance to take a loan even during the quarantine.
“As for the default rate, the decision on issuing a consumer loan usually depends on the availability of the borrower’s regular income, which includes salary, pension or state allowance.
“Consequently, even if a borrower gets sick or quarantined, he or she continues receiving the salary or illness payments. Therefore, the level of default is not expected to go up.”
The findings of the poll are supported by the statistics of Robo.cash, which do not show significant changes in investor behaviour either.
Despite the fact that the pandemic has not influenced the majority of investors, some of them have nevertheless expressed concerns about potential risks.
These include a possible decrease in the issuance volumes of alternative lending companies and a higher default rate on consumer loans.