Here is my March 2021 Passive Income Update.

Istanbul covered in snow, Feb 2021

February went by super fast. I returned to Istanbul, quarantined, and got to experience the city getting hit by freezing temperatures. It felt special to see Istanbul and its many historic sights covered under a layer of soft snow.

Yet, I am missing the sunny warm weather from South Africa and thus started making plans for a spring trip to the south of Turkey.

Meanwhile, in February, I earned 841.94 EUR (1,013.45 USD) in passive income:
– P2P lending: 530.86 EUR
– Real Estate Lending: 67.65 EUR
– ETF Dividends: 66.79 EUR
– Stock Photos/Videos: 176.64 EUR

Total Passive Income from P2P Lending, P2P Real Estate Lending, ETF Dividends and Stock Sales.

Clifton Beach in Cape Town. Early February 2021.

Passive Income Breakdown:

March 2021 P2P-Lending Interest Rates
March 2021 P2P-Lending Interest Rates

P2P & Real Estate Lending Overview – March 2021 Passive Income Update

As part of my March 2021 passive income update, here is a quick overview of passive income streams from three (3) P2P Lending and one (1) Real-Estate P2P Lending platforms that I am currently investing in.

Mintos: The 32,100 EUR that I invested on Mintos gradually over the five past years, have since grown to 43,986.93 EUR. While some loan originators are struggling (= about 2,683 EUR of my portfolio is currently “in recovery”), I am more than happy with the performance of Mintos.

I am auto-invested in loans from 23 loan originators (all with ratings 7 and 8) in 22 countries. Certain loans are up to 60 days delayed (especially now during COVID-19), but all loans have a buyback guarantee which is working well.

My auto-invest portfolio is investing in loans with ratings 7 and 8 and I adjusted the minimum interest rate to 10%. As a result, my interest income on Mintos in February was 409.55 EUR (=self-calculated interest rate of 11.28% p.a.).

My Mintos Dashboard March 2021
My Mintos Dashboard March 2021

Twino: Another great month for Twino! My total investment on Twino is 13.500 EUR and my monthly interest on the platform has increased to 121.31 EUR (= 9.82% p.a.). The average loan duration of my loans on Twino is currently 4.52 months. All loans are with a Buyback and Payment guarantee.

I am very happy with Twino and I am planning to increase my investment on the platform over the coming months.

What else? TWINO has launched a referral program. New investors who sign up with this link ( and invest at least 100 EUR, will get a 15 EUR bonus (as well as I receive a 15 EUR bonus).

My Twino Dashboard March 2021
My Twino Dashboard March 2021


EstateGuru: Besides Mintos and Twino, EstateGuru is another key investment pillar and passive income stream of mine. My total investments on EstateGuru are 23,000 EUR which are invested in 51 real estate projects in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Sweden, and Spain. I added +7,000 EUR to EstateGuru in early March which is waiting for be auto-invested 🥳.

My average interest rate on EstateGuru is 10.66% p.a.. For me EstateGuru is a great platform to diversify my risk by investing in real estate loans that are secured with a first-rank mortgage (physical security). Since my first investment on EstateGuru in 2019, 27 projects have successfully been repaid. 8 loans are currently slightly behind schedule (4-83 days late).

As I mentioned in previous posts, almost all my loans on EstateGuru are either bullet or full bullet loans, which means that either principals or both interest+principals are being paid in full at the end of the loan period. Unfortunately, that means that some months I receive large interest and principal payments, some months I receive nothing. This past month (Feb 2021), I received 64.90 EUR in interest payments.

What else? My EstateGuru review explains details as well as shows how to receive a 0.5% bonus as a new investor in the first three months. EstateGuru currently has some new loans available (11.5% p.a. & 12.00% p.a.).

My EstateGuru Dashboard in March 2021
My EstateGuru Dashboard in March 2021

Camps Bay in Cape Town, early February 2021. Is there a better place to be in February?

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Update – March 2021 🥳

Even in times of COVID-19, I hold onto my opinion that investing in the MSCI World ETF back is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to save & invest long-term (e.g. for retirement) while earning passive income from dividends.

Since I started investing in the MSCI World ETF in 2016, the value of the ETF has increased by 61.94% (and this despite coronavirus-related shock in stock markets last year). The shares that I bought originally for 145.09 EUR apiece are currently valued at 233.16 EUR. Read more in my ETF portfolio post.

As of today, I am holding 97,734.85 EUR in MSCI World and MSCI Emerging Market ETFs. The value of my ETF portfolio increased by 2.57% in February 2021 (just in one month!).

My ETF Portfolio since I started investing in 2016 (c)

My 1,000 EUR monthly ETF savings plan

I started an automated monthly 1,000 EUR ETF MSCI World savings plan in January 2020. It’s fully automated, runs in the background, and keeps buying MSCI World ETFs worth 1,000 EUR on the first of every month. It’s a fantastic way of cost-averaging and keeps me committed to my financial savings goals. Thanks to my savings plan, since I started it, I have saved 14,000 EUR. 🥳

More about my ETF savings plan and why it was such a great idea to go back to an automated saving plan in this blog post.

South Africa, one of the most beautiful places I have been to.

That’s it for my March 2021 Passive Income Update! If you are interested in more frequent updates, please follow my journey on my Facebook page at Financial Freedom Journey.

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Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of March!
Peter 👋