Hiking in Kazbegi, Georgia, July 2021

Here is my August 2021 Passive Income Update. This past month was another incredible summer month full of travel and time spent outdoors. I visited Georgia which was amazing, as well as spent time in Turkey and Germany!

This past month, I worked on average

33.1 hours per week for my remote job, which felt a manageable amount but I would like to get it to somewhere between 25-30 hours in the long term.

In terms of passive income, this past month I earned 1078,14 EUR (1,273.06 USD) in passive income:
– P2P lending: 614.50 EUR
– Real Estate Lending: 241.65 EUR
– ETF Dividends: 62.07 EUR
– Stock Photos/Videos: 159.83 EUR

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

The indescribable beauty of Kazbegi Mountain in the north of Georgia, July 2021.

Passive Income Breakdown:

August 2021 P2P-Lending Interest Rates

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

As part of my August 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 platform that I am currently investing in.

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Mintos: The 32,100 EUR that I invested in Mintos gradually over the five past years, have since grown to 46,017.97 EUR, showing that I have earned more than 13,000 EUR in interest through the Mintos platform. While some loan originators are struggling (= about 2,300 EUR of my portfolio is currently “in recovery”), I am more than happy with the performance of Mintos.

As of August 2021, I am auto-invested in loans starting from 9% interest from 55 loan originators (all with ratings 7-10) in 21 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, 8, 9, and 10. At the moment, I log into my account once a month to adjust my auto-invest portfolio settings to include all new loan originators with ratings 7, 8, 9, and 10.

My interest income on Mintos in July was 406.14 EUR (=self-calculated interest rate of 10.68% p.a.).

My Mintos Dashboard in August 2021
My Mintos Dashboard in August 2021

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Twino: Another great month for Twino! After I added +8.000 EUR to Twino in May 2021 (= my total investment on Twino is 21.500 EUR), most of the new funds have been auto-invested and my monthly interest in July was 208.45 EUR (= 10.64% p.a.).

The average loan duration of my loans on Twino is currently 5.65 months. All loans are with a Buyback and Payment Guarantee.

After six years of investing in the Twino platform, I can say my experience with the platform has been really great. Twino is not only a solid platform in terms of returns but they also handled the COVID-19 crisis really well, as well as officially applied for an investment brokerage license from Latvia’s Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) – which gives me confidence.

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

My Twino Dashboard in August 2021
My Twino Dashboard in August 2021


EstateGuru: Besides Mintos and Twino, EstateGuru is another key investment pillar and passive income stream of mine. After I added +7,000 EUR to EstateGuru in March this year, my total investment on EstateGuru is 23,000 EUR which is invested in 77 real estate projects in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Sweden, and Spain.

My average interest rate on EstateGuru is 10.82 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, 46 projects have successfully and fully been repaid. 6 loans are currently behind schedule and 3 loans are in default, which I am ok with.

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 I receive large interest and principal payments in some months, and in others I receive nothing. This past month (July 2021), I received 241.65 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 August 2021
My EstateGuru Dashboard in August 2021

I went on a trip to Akyaka in the South of Turkey with my campervan at the end of July 2021.

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

Investing in the MSCI World ETF is an incredibly rewarding and cost-effective way 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 my ETFs has increased by 81.44% (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 257.15 EUR. Read more in my ETF portfolio post.

As of today, I am holding 135,562.66 EUR in MSCI World and MSCI Emerging Market ETFs. The value of my ETF portfolio increased by 1.64% in July 2021 (just in one month).

My ETF Portfolio since the beginning of this year (c) justetf.com

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 15th 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 I have saved 19,000 EUR (+ value gain) since I started it. 🥳

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.

Kitesurfing in Akyaka, Turkey, July 2021.

Grabbing coffee in the Kuzguncuk neigborhood in Instanbul. Turkey, July 2021

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

And as always: If you have any questions or comments, please pop them in the comment section below. Or get in touch via Facebook or Email.

Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of August!
Peter 👋