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October 2020 Portfolio update: 2nd wave is giving a blow to the markets

Investment update in September 2020

With countries all over Europe taking measures to slow down the second wave markets are not responding well. While the drop is nowhere near the first wave right now, we can clearly see the first drop since the first wave passed. There is not much to do about it in the short run except to wait it out.

On peer to peer investments Crowdestor has opened a secondary market, that hopefully will speed up my exit. More about Crowdestor bellow.

Also Belgium has imposed another lockdown. Lots of sports I did are now no longer allowed. That includes swimming, fitness, spinning and tennis. On top of that bars, restaurants and all non-essential shops are closed. Not to mention cultural venues, fun parks and zoos also should remain closed. What hasn’t happened yet is a lockdown where we are limited in our movement. Belgium has the 2nd highest number of intensive care beds per head of the population in Europe and even our hospitals are getting overrun. I am just wondering how other countries do this without going into lockdown. One thing I am worried about is all the debt we are taking up. One day we will need to pay those back with taxes.

I can still mountainbike and run fortunately., but its not easy to fill the time. You can see people hamster again in the supermarkets, something that I will not be doing. I need fresh food and can’t survive a month on canned food. Hamstering is an automatic reaction people have when they see empty shelves. Then they automatically want to buy more. To be honest if I lived in a house with enough storage space I would have already had some supply of long lasting food, but on an apartment its not worth it for me to use up space to store food.

Alright enough stuff about my life lets go and check how much my portfolio dropped or increased.

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My Portfolio

My Portfolio has dropped to 67009 EUR (-1260) even though I invested an additional 1000 EUR, so it just shows how big the drop was this month.

Lets look into more detail for each of these investment types shall we.


The stock market continues to drop giving me a total loss of -2227 EUR since I started with the bellow stocks (January this year).

Inception DateTotal PortfolioMonthly P&LTotal P&L
SPDR MSCI World UCITS ETF (SWRD)31/01/202036483-983-2120
IShares Core MSCI EM IMI UCITS ETF (CEMU)28/02/20202346-42-107
Total ETF Portfolio30/09/201938829-1025-2227

At this point I am really happy I limited my portfolio to just two ETFs, it makes it so much easier to track! And I keep finding it very easy to invest with DEGIRO, I am really happy I chose DEGIRO as broker!


My World ETF has made a drop this month unfortunately putting me at a loss of -5.49% since inception.

SPDR MSCI WORLD UCITSTotal PortfolioMonthly P&LTotal P&L


With a 42 EUR win this month this ETF actually went up slightly

ISHARES CORE MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETFTotal PortfolioMonthly ProfitTotal P&L% gain/loss

Peer to Peer

I am left with only 5 peer to peer investments: 2 active peer to peer investments (Crowdestor and TFGCrowd), 1 with 100% of the funds in recovery (Mintos) and 2 where I am trying to recover some funds trough legal action.

I only show withdrawals here. So far I withdrew about 55% (+6%) of the funds I had invested in peer to peer.

PortfolioStartTotal at 29/02/2019Left inpeer to peerExpected end dateMoney left to withdraw
Grupeer30/09/201989908990Defaulted. In Legal procedure100.00%
Iuvo Group31/12/2019224004/20200.00%
Kuetzal30/09/201910051005Defaulted. In Legal procedure100.00%


  • Crowestor has more and more delays this month. I normally had 3 projects that had to pay principal this month and none of them came trough.
  • The good news for me is that a secondary market was introduced. I put my projects on the market at 5-10% discount and was lucky enough to sell a little over 30% of my investments so far. I will keep trying to sell more, but projects that are 90 days late are hard to sell of course.


No progress at all from Grupeers side this month. Grupeer created a recovery firm but it seems after one month the bank account of this respectable recovery firm is not yet approved.

My main method to recover funds is legal action. I can say that its moving but very slowly. There is updates but I am not allowed to post them unfortunately.


I am in a legal procedure with Kuetzal and cannot comment on any non-public information, I wanted to share more this month but I still can’t. I am currently counting on it that I can recover at least 50%.


Mintos now allows you to see where they money in recovery is stuck. To my surprise about 200 EUR was also stuck in Monego. The rest is stuck in Capital Service. No progress here unfortunately. To be honest I am strongly considering to write off this investment. While I think I can recover the 200 EUR in Monego, I am not sure at all about Capital Service.


I still have 88 EUR in TFGCrowd because of a failed project. Normally the buy back should kick in this month and I should be getting the money back.


I still have now 3200 EUR in startups invested, I have every intention to withdraw this whenever possible.

Retirement funds

I decided not to update my retirement funds all the time since for most of the funds I get an update just once a year, so I will update it also just once a year. This is from end of 2019. I will update it again in December 2020.

November 2019Current Value
KBC Pension funds7999
First job Pension plan1467
Second job Pension plan592
Third job Pension plan12084

Wins / losses this month

  • My ETF Portfolio made a small 1000 EUR loss.
  • Slowly but certainly I am moving out of peer to peer
  • All the triathlons I wanted to participate in got canceled 😦 I need to move this goal to next year.

What is next?

  • My secret project is still ongoing

I will also post a savings rate update soon! Subscribe and make sure you don’t miss any of my monthly portfolio updates!


5 thoughts on “October 2020 Portfolio update: 2nd wave is giving a blow to the markets

  1. Thanks for the update. Fingers crossed you manage to get out of CD and TFG.

    What will you do during your “lockdown”?
    Do you wear and mask and gloves too?


  2. Well I will follow the rules, Im still allowed to go Grocery shopping, have 2 friends over (not at the same time). I can also run and mountainbike with a group up to 2 people.

    I don’t wear gloves because they are only useful up the point where you touch something. Once your touched anything they can be infected.
    I do wear mouthmasks, whereever its required to do so, like in supermarkets.

    Im fairly confident that if everyone follows these rules the infection rate will start to drop again.


  3. The new stricter measures suck but so do the people that got us into this situation. I’m not only talking politicians. It’s also us Belgians that caused it by being too selfish. It really sucks but ok. We’ll make the best out of a bad situation. At least we can still do some sports like running and biking.

    Glad to see P2P is winding down bit by bit. The legal actions will take ages, unfortunately.

    I also noticed the drop in stocks, it was pretty intense in October, but not that surprising I guess.

    The secret project is making very curious, is there any way to get involved so I can learn more :D?


  4. Hey Man,

    I just found out about your blog! I am on the same path as you actually! My portfolio is not as big yet but I just started working full-time last year (I am 24yo). I see you are trying to sell your P2P investments as well! I only had around €1k on Mintos which I managed to get out quite fast because I saw the storm coming and was ahead of the curve luckily (there is only €25 still in the account). Right now I only have cash, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies. The latter is growing to a bigger part of my portfolio due to the gains of the last weeks.

    Keep up investing,
    Kind regards


    P.S. I like the style of your website


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