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OP: August 03, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
If my main strategy was to simply buy and hold notes until maturity, wouldnt the "Yield To Maturity" spec be the most important determining factor in my strategy, given that I buy fairly conservative loans.

Im new to FolionFN and I unfortunately cannot buy on the retail site because of my stupid state laws. At any rate, my strategy has been to buy loans that have 12 months or less payments and never late, with atleast 12% YTM. I totally disregard the markup or discount as my strategy is to simply hold and never re-sell. Can I really count on and rely on FolioFN's YTM calculation to be accurate truely give me 12% or higher returns on my investments?

I just dont see how they are calculating this YTM as I look at the asking price and then look at the remaining payments and it never seems to equal the YTM, its usually a way lower percentage than what the stated YTM is. So what am i missing?
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#1: August 04, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
YTM doesn't account for defaults or accelerated payoffs.

I do a YTM calculation in my greasemonkey script and it almost never matches what LendingClub is calculating.
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#2: August 04, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
My recommendation is you stop for the moment. I really don't mean to insult you and I have gone to some trouble to help you answer your question. I can tell from your question you do not understand compound interest and discounted revenue streams well enough to be putting your money in this type of investment.  Look at this loan for sale on Folio:

Now look at the tables below:

Loan IntPrinPaymntIntPaidPrPaidBal
90.950.380.5720.18YTMPur PricePaymntIntPaidPrPaidBalADJYTMPur PricePaymntIntPaidPrPaidBal

You should recognize the leftmost portion of the table with 36 lines as the "Amortization table" for the original loan. The bold data is given and all the rest of the table is computed from those first three items, Interest, loan amount, and installment payment. You should go to the trouble of creating this table for yourself in excel.

Focus now on the middle table. The loan has had 9 payments made with 27 remaining payments. We do exactly as we did for the original amortization table replacing interest with YTM and loan amount with the asking price of the loan for sale. The borrowers payment remains the same. If you notice on line 36 everything ends with a zero balance neglecting small rounding errors of a few cents. So the first level answer to your question is that the stated YTM on Folio is correctly calculated EXCEPT it does not include the 1% they will charge you on the sale. The rightmost set of data indicates that after their service fee (add 1% to the price) the ACTUAL yield to maturity on this revenue stream (assuming THIS borrower makes all payments) is 16.99% which is iteratively determined (guess the answer and watch the ending balance get near to zero).

Notice that while Folio takes 1% the yield is reduced by a lesser amount (about .78%). You will read this if you study the LC site regarding returns and yields.

One other thing that concerns me is your "strategy has been to buy loans that have 12 months or less payments and never late". So you are purchasing loans when they are most likely to default. See and

Hope this helps. Your in the right place. Go to unread post since last visit and read the posts with most replies first and follow the links in them. These are generally important. Participate in the discussions and ask question when you don't understand. These are nice folks and someone almost always answers even the silliest of questions although you might have to grovel now and again. 

Again, I mean no disrespect. If you already knew all this, welcome to the board and happy investing.

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#4: August 04, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
Right you are. I forgot LCs 1% cut. I just wanted to demonstrate how these calculations are done, He should be able to incorporate that as homework.
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#5: August 04, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
You are correct, i honestly have no clue about this and I take it as no insult. And brother7 is correct, my strategy is to buy notes that have 12 or less remaining payments, never late. Sorry for the confusion. My thought is, that they have been making payments this long and they only have a few months left on their note, surely they will continue to pay. So their is less of a need to analyze different types of data. Sure I know its unorthodox, but hey, it kinda makes sense eh? Im sure their is probably more of a risk of a early pay off with this strategy, but hey thats better than risk of default.

At any rate. I Still dont understand how the YTM is calculated.
take this note for example:
The asking price is 19.40
The total remaining payments should equal up to 20.53 with 12 months of payments left
Stated YTM is 8.85%
I cant figure out where they are getting 8.85%. or maybe I should say I cant figure out how they are getting 20.53

because 19.40 + 8.85% = 21.1169

if i took their number of 20.53, that is really only a YTM of 5.8% because
19.40 + 5.8% = 20.53

whats going on here?

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#8: August 05, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
Correction to my first post: Folio charges the seller 1% of the asking price, not the purchaser.
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#9: August 05, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
Based on my quick analysis, I believe you have a good strategy on your hand. Though still very preliminary, I believe you may benefit by replacing 12 month or less payments criteria with remaining principal less than 30% of amount lent. Also, you may need to avoid borrowers with accelerated payments in the past as they are likely to pay-off quickly after you purchase notes. As for YTM, I most probably will target a value of at least 2-3x of your targeted expected yield. Too large of YTM (something fishy) or too small of YTM (not enough coverage to overcome lemons) may not be good.

You may want to investigate past performance little bit more to see which credit grade loans tend to payoff early or default during your holding period and avoid them. I agree that you don't need to give too much consideration to loan and borrower data at the time of loan issue. No need to understand credit data.

Your strategy is pretty simple and most probably effective.

from: InvestHawg on August 04, 2014, 11:21:11 PM
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#10: August 05, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
Ok Ok, I think I am getting it a little. What is the formula you are using in excel to get that table?

But lets face it, my previous post is somewhat true if I am only concerned of what I make on my initial investment. I incorrectly assumed I was going to make 8.85% return on Investment, but the 8.85% that folioFN is not really a return on investment calculation apparently. ROI does not equal yield to maturity, correct? The fact is, im only making a 5.8% return on investment which kinda aint that great eh?

Ultimately, all we really care about is how much money we make in the end right? So figuratively speaking, if u take 2 people and one invests money in the stock market and another invests the same amount of money in notes on FolioFN and/or Lending Club, and after a year they both loosely said they made 12% "return", the person in the stock probably made more money right? 
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#13: August 06, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
You can use an on-line amortization calculator to play around with the basics. Very easy and convenient.
I like
It's for home mortgages, but works for P2P loans just as well (except for service fees).
As an example run the three table columns above to verify you're getting the right answers.
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#14: August 06, 2014, 11:00:00 PM
My apologies to InvestHawg and others if I have spoken condescendingly in any of my responses above. I received a very nice PM from another board member suggesting in part that I
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