Prosper Loans Review: July 2013 Edition

This is my seventh prosper loans review post, if you missed the first one you can check it out here. I started doing these posts to keep track of my peer to peer loan project I started this year. Things have been going great so far. I hope you enjoy watching along to see how it goes.

Last month was the halfway point of this experiment. My account had continued to grow but I have steadily been behind on reaching my goal of earning $25 a month in interest. But regardless, like I have mentioned many times before, I am still enjoying the process as a whole and still think my progress has been acceptable. Here we go…

During the month of July I purchased 9 new notes for $25 a piece for a total of $225. The notes I purchased had yields of 8.69%, 19.14%, 8.69%, 13.34%, 12.69%, 11.53%, 11.69%, 10.49%, and 9.74%. The average of all these loans was 11.77% with 2 credit ratings of AA, 6 A, and 1 C. I see that getting even just one lower rated loan in the mix can really make a difference in your possible return rate. I still realize though that even one default can drastically effect my return. Luckily, through the course of this experiment I have not had any loans default. Still, I cannot make any kind of conclusions because the life of these loans are still very young.

Monthly Breakdown

Over the month of July I earned $10.53 in interest and received $43.33 in principal payments. Like every month I am still behind where I need to be to reach my goal of $25 a month in interest. If I was on pace to meet my goal I would have received about $14.63 in interest so I am about $4.10 behind. One of the notes I purchased in June paid in full very quickly. This accounts for the larger than usual principal payments.

Yearly Breakdown

Month Interest Principal
January $0 $0
February $1.88 $2.37
March $3.70 $4.89
April $6.25 $10.05
May $8.08 $12.94
June $9.92 $16.80
July $10.53 $43.33
Total $40.36 $90.38


My grand total of loans purchased in 2013 is 47 (9 new in July that did not contribute interest). All at $25 a piece for a total yearly investment of $1175. This year I have also made a total of $40.36. It’s not much but it would almost pay for one month of my Straight Talk phone plan. The way I look at my earnings is by thinking how many bills or what can of bills I can pay with something.

Look back for my August update coming soon!

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2 Responses to Prosper Loans Review: July 2013 Edition

  1. Simon Cunningham October 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Ian. Nice work on another small step towards your goal. Those high interest loans can really make the difference.
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    • 30SS October 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      Thanks Simon! That’s how I am looking at it. It has been getting tougher for loans to meet my criteria lately though.

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