Kitesurfing in Gülbahçe – my new favorite kitesurf spot in Turkey. September 2021

Here is my October 2021 Passive Income Update. My apologies for posting this 1 month late. Things at my part-time-now-full-time-job have been very hectic the last few weeks. More about that later.

September was an incredible month filled with beautiful summertime, lots of sun in the south of Turkey, kitesurfing, mountain biking, and a camper trip that allowed me to explore a new region of Turkey that I fell in love with (and went back to in October as I liked it so much!)

My remote job did keep me quite busy and I worked on average 43.25 hours per week. The only positive thing about this is that the job is remote and allows me to work from anywhere, even from a kitesurfing beach.

In terms of passive income, this past month was great: I earned 1,051.55 EUR (1,218.93 USD) in passive income:
– P2P lending: 624.31 EUR
– Real Estate Lending: 164.02 EUR
– ETF Dividends: 76.39 EUR
– Stock Photos/Videos: 186.83 EUR

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

Drone view of the coast around Alaçatı, Turkey. September 2021.

Passive Income Breakdown:

October 2021 P2P-Lending Interest Rates
October 2021 P2P-Lending Interest Rates

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

As part of my October 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: I added +4.000 EUR to Mintos in September 2021, which brings my total investment on Mintos to 36,100 EUR. It feels amazing to see that the 36,100 EUR that I invested in Mintos gradually over the five past years have since grown to 50,779.32 EUR. That means that I have earned more than 14,000 EUR in interest through the Mintos platform since 2016. 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 in general.

As of October 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, 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 Mintos 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 September was 379.21 EUR (=self-calculated interest rate of 9.80% p.a.).

My Mintos Dashboard in October 2021
My Mintos Dashboard in October 2021

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Twino: Another great month for Twino! After I added +7.000 EUR to Twino in August 2021. (= my total investment on Twino is 28.500 EUR), most of the new funds have been auto-invested and my monthly interest in September was 245.10 EUR (= 9.52% p.a.).

The average loan duration of my loans on Twino is currently 3.92 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. I have been very happy to have seen that Twino has officially obtained their investment brokerage license from Latvia’s Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) and has thus become a regulated investment platform (providing me as an investor greater security and transparency).

What else? TWINO has 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 will receive a 15 EUR bonus).

My Twino Dashboard in October 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 76 real estate projects in Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Sweden, and Spain.

My average interest rate on EstateGuru is 10.92% 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, 56 projects have successfully and fully been repaid. 5 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 (September 2021), I received 164.08 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 September 2021

View of one of the many bays around Foça, Izmir where I to on a trip with the van in the second half of September.

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Update – September 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 83.19% (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 262.39 EUR. Read more in my ETF portfolio post.

As of today, I am holding 139,196.62 EUR in MSCI World and MSCI Emerging Market ETFs. The value of my ETF portfolio decreased by -1.07% in September 2021.

My ETF Portfolio since the beginning of this year (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 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 21,000 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.

Hans-Jörg Bey joined the family and we are incredibly happy to have him. Ayvalik, Turkey, September 2021.

View of and from Ayvalik, Turkey, September 2021

That’s it for my October 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 October!
Peter 👋