Can I open more than one account for lending?
At Monexo, you need just a single account to manage your portfolio. With this account you can fund several loans and have a dashboard view of your loan portfolio.
What is the eligibility criteria to become a lender?
To lend on the Monexo marketplace, you must meet the following basic criteria.
As an individual:
As a business/company:
Note: These are the minimum requirements. All lenders are subject to Monexo’s screening and approval process.
Is there a minimum amount I need to open a lender account?
At Monexo, the initial amount required to be transferred to the Escrow account for lending is INR 1 lakh.
Peer to Peer lending, like other asset classes, works best with portfolio diversification. With an initial investment of INR 1 lakh, you can build a lending portfolio across 100+ loans which ensures investment risks are largely minimised - enabling you to enjoy high yields consistently. Smaller investments, result in concentration of portfolio across fewer loans and hence do not provide for sufficient levels of diversification. Hence, initial investments less than INR 1 lakh are NOT recommended.
Why do you ask for my documents?
As a platform enabling financial transaction we believe in dealing with Individuals who are NOT in Government Blacklists for Terrorism, Drugs or any dealing with human trafficking etc. We are also supportive of Indian Government fight against money laundering activities. The documents submitted by you enable us to carry out these checks.
Finally, your documents are stored electronically with bank level security.
Who makes the decision to lend?
As an approved lender, you make
You can create a portfolio of loans based on your return expectation and risk taking capacity.
Who am I lending to?
Monexo will be originating borrowers with following broad characteristics:
We believe P2P lending is about ‘credit inclusion’ at fair terms of interest. You can read more about various products on our borrower here.
What does Monexo verify prior to listing a loan in the marketplace?
Monexo lists only those loans which have gone through its proprietary screening process. This screening process has been built by the founders
What is a Monexo Rating?
Every loan application received by Monexo is screened and given a Monexo Rating.
The ratings range from M1 to M8, with M1 being the best. The interest rate associated with the M1 to M8 band will vary based on Monexo’s policy.
Once the loan listing is approved, the Monexo Rating is displayed in the marketplace along with the loan listing details for you to view.
Do note that Monexo Ratings are not a guarantee from Monexo on the performance of the loans.
What are the risks involved and how are they addressed?
All investments involve risk, but we are 100% committed to providing outstanding products and customer service, and protecting the safety and security of your personal information. Risks are addressed through:
Monexo has also partnered with CRIF Highmark Bureau in India and built a proprietary credit scoring model based on decades of payment behaviour by millions of Indian consumers to financial institutions in the past. This scoring predicts the probability of repayment by the borrower. We will also be writing various blogs - please do visit our blog section.
What is diversification?
Diversification is an important feature in peer-to-peer lending. It gives you the ability to lend small amounts to different loans instead of funding one loan in entirety without the administrative hassle of managing these small loan amounts. By diversifying the amount that you lend to a number of borrowers, your risks are reduced.
On Monexo marketplace you can lend as little as ₹ 1,000 per loan thus with ₹ 1,00,000 you can have 100 different borrowers in your portfolio with different risk profiles and tenor of repayment.
How do I build my loan portfolio?
Instead of funding an entire loan, you can participate by funding parts of loans.
You may choose to spread your money across several loans in order to create a diversified portfolio. Using sort & filter functions, you can balance the risks & returns and build a loan portfolio that suits your goals. You can choose a mix of different loan products, loan amounts, tenors, Monexo ratings and purpose of loan etc.
What is the maximum amount I can lend ?
As per RBI guidelines of Oct 4’2017
The following limits are applicable to any person lending on P2P platforms:
By agreeing Monexo T&C’s you are agreeing to the above.
What is meant by the Payment Moratorium facility ?
As per RBI’s announcement, vide Notification No: RBI/2019-20/ 186/ DOR.No.BP.BC.47/21.04.048/2019-20 dt.March 27, 2020, personal loan borrowers across lending institutions can opt for a 3 month EMI payment moratorium on their EMI payments falling due between March 1st 2020 and 31st May 2020.
An EMI / Payment Moratorium is a facility where borrowers in your Monexo investment portfolio will not be required to pay any EMI during the moratorium period (in this scenario till 31st May 2020). Non payment during this period will not impact the borrower’s credit score, repayment status or attract any delayed payment charges.
The Moratorium is only a temporary ‘deferment’ of EMI payment by 3 months and is not a waiver of EMI repayment.
Will all borrowers in my investment portfolio automatically be included for Payment Moratorium?
No, the Payment Moratorium facility is intended to function as a lifeline only to existing borrowers in your portfolio who are most likely to be severely impacted on account of the CoVid-19 crisis.
Additionally, the facility will be offered only to borrowers whose loans you have invested in on or before 15th March 2020.
How will this Payment Moratorium impact my investment portfolio
A. Cashflow during the Moratorium period : The EMI for borrowers who have been found eligible for the Moratorium will not be collected and hence credited to your Monexo Escrow account for the months of April and May 2020. The tenor of such loans will be extended appropriately by 2 or 3 months (As applicable).
So, on account of deferred payments from borrowers opting for the Payment Moratorium facility, you may likely see a decline in the overall monthly repayment collection amount from borrowers during the Moratorium period.
The interest will however continue to accrue to you during the Moratorium period. The EMIs receivable by you from June 1st 2020 will accordingly be adjusted to account for the accrual of interest during the Moratorium.
B. Impact on yield : Due to the temporary drop in the monthly repayment collection amount from borrowers during the Moratorium period, your interest income for the months of April and May 2020 is likely to be lower. Hence there may be a likely short term impact on your monthly yields.
However, as the interest income will continue to accrue during the Moratorium period, the interest you will earn over the lifetime of such loans may be higher. RBI has recommended Moratorium for the installments due from 01-March 2020 to 31st May 2020.
However, since we have collected bulk of the March EMIs before the lockdown the impact of CoVid-19 has been kept minimal during March 2020.
Hence despite the short term impact over the next 60 days, you are not likely to see any compression of your annualised portfolio yield on Monexo.
As an investor, how will I be compensated for the loss of income during the Moratorium period ?
Here’s an example to help you understand this better :
A. EMI deferment timeline : For instance, if you have invested in a personal loan on with Monexo on 01-Dec 2017 for 36 months and the borrower associated with this loan has been found eligible for the EMI Moratorium, your contracted last payment date would have been 01-Dec 2020.
However, on account of the payment Moratorium - the revised last payment date would now be either 01-Feb 2021 (if the borrower has already paid the EMI due for March 2020) or 01-March 2021
B. Interest calculation : Interest shall continue to accrue on the principal remaining as of yesterday (27-Mar-2020) during the moratorium period. Example: If you have principal outstanding on a loan you have funded is Rs. 4,000 with an interest rate of 18% then for the payment holiday you will earn Rs 180.00 higher interest over the lifetime of the loan (Rs 4,000 x 18% x (92) number of days of payment moratorium / (365) number of days on the year). This is for illustration purposes only and can differ in system.
Who will decide on borrower eligibility for the Payment Moratorium facility ?
Monexo will reach out to borrowers who are presently current & making timely repayments with the offer for 3 month EMI Payment moratorium facility.
Post evaluation of the borrower’s application and collection of relevant documentation to ascertain the financial situation of the borrower, Monexo, being the facilitator of the loan will decide on whether the borrower will be approved for the Payment Moratorium facility.
I have invested in loans on Monexo post 15th March 2020. Will the Payment Moratorium facility also be offered to these borrowers.
No. All existing and fresh loans funded and disbursed by you post 15th March 2020 will not be eligible for the EMI Moratorium. The borrowers will continue to make monthly repayments into your Monexo Escrow account.
When will the Moratorium facility come into effect for borrowers in my portfolio ?
The Moratorium will be applicable on repayments of approved borrowers due between 01st March 2020 and 31st May 2020.
Since the March 2020 EMI has largely been collected for most borrowers already this month, the likely impact of the Moratorium will be felt only by investors only for the months of April 2020 and May 2020.
How do I get to know which borrowers in my portfolio who have been approved for the EMI Moratorium facility ?
After a rigorous evaluation process of reviewing borrower applications for the Payment Moratorium facility, Monexo will proactively update you by 5th April 2020 on the borrowers in your portfolio who have opted for the Moratorium facility.
You will also be able to verify this by logging in to your Monexo investor account by EOD on 2nd April 2020.
Will borrowers who have availed the Moratorium facility be classified as ‘overdue’ in my loan portfolio for the months of April and May 2020 ?
For the months of April and May 2020, ALL borrowers who have availed the Moratorium facility will continue to be classified as ‘Active-Current’.
However for those borrowers who have not been found eligible / have not opted for the Moratorium facility, the repayment status will continue to reflect as ‘Current’ or ‘Overdue’ depending on the status of their EMI payments for the months of April and May 2020.
Will Monexo continue to pursue collection activities for borrowers who have not opted / been found eligible for the Moratorium facility ?
Monexo, as always will proactively collect your monthly repayments and do rigorous collection activity on any delayed payments.
I have more questions. How do I get them addressed.
Please feel to write to us on email@example.com on working days (Monday - Saturday) or call 044-66699666 and press option 2
How will I know when a loan is listed on the marketplace?
We encourage you to login to the marketplace regularly and view the loans listed. We will also periodically inform you about new loan listings in the marketplace.
What is the minimum amount that I can lend to a borrower?
The current minimum amount you can lend on a loan application is ₹ 1,000. You can fund a loan in multiples of ₹ 1,000. This can change in the future and our website will be updated with the new amount.
Where and how do I transfer money to lend through the Monexo marketplace?
Once you are an approved lender, you need to transfer a minimum amount of ₹ 1,00,000 into the escrow account. All bank charges will be borne by you. Once we sight the funds in the escrow account, the same will be reflected in your account details in the Monexo marketplace.
Escrow Account details:
Please note the following:
The transfer of the funds should be from the bank account mentioned in your lender application.
You may transfer either by IMPS/NEFT/RTGS or by cheque remittance.
If the transfer of funds is made by cheque, please email the scanned image of the cheque and deposit pay-in slip to firstname.lastname@example.org. The funds will be credited to your account after clearance of your cheque proceeds.
WE DON'T ACCEPT CASH DEPOSIT.
Please use your Monexo Customer ID as a transaction reference.
What is IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited?
IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited (ITSL) is a third party administrator. Monexo is the 1st online Peer to Peer Lending company in India to bring this global best practice.
ITSL serves a key role of holding funds and executing orders of lenders and borrowers. Your money is in your control through the ITSL escrow account. By keeping an arms length from the funds of lenders and borrowers, Monexo provides the following safeguards to its customers:
(a) Monexo will not be able to use customers funds for internal operation or other matters and
(b) It serves as a business continuity plan in case Monexo ceases to operate
An important aspect of Monexo's offering to customer is the seamless online and swift fulfilment of borrowers and lenders need through ITSL. By this mechanism, borrowers and lenders do not interact directly with each other for exchange of funds and maintain their anonymity. This also benefits the borrowers as they will receive a single credit into their bank account with the full loan amount instead of getting multiple credits from each lender who has committed funds to his loan.
Do note, ITSL simply acts as an administrator and does not guarantee your investment in any way.
How can I withdraw funds?
You manage your own money. We give you flexibility to withdraw your available balance with ITSL by sending a email request to email@example.com anytime. The funds that you have already disbursed to a borrower and the funds that are committed in the marketplace will only be available for withdrawal as and when you receive borrower repayments.
By reinvesting your funds in the marketplace, you will earn better yields.
Are funds withdrawn from my escrow account each time I fund a loan in the marketplace?
Every time you commit for a loan in the marketplace, the amount you have funded is set aside while the listing is still active in the marketplace.
For example: If you have a balance of ₹ 450,000 in your escrow account and you fund a loan with an amount of ₹ 40,000, the amount available to you for funding further loans in the marketplace will reduce to ₹ 410,000. As soon as the listed loan gets funded as per funding norms, your funds (₹ 40,000 in the above example) are withdrawn from the escrow account and disbursed towards the borrower loan.
In the following scenarios, your funded amount that has been set aside will not be withdrawn from your account and will be made available to you for lending:
What happens if a borrower is late on a payment?
All borrowers are required to provide auto-debits to their bank account for their monthly repayments. They are given monthly email reminders prior to their payment due date.
The borrower is given a grace period whereby he/ she needs to pay latest by the 5th of the month to provision for banking holidays, weekends etc.
If the borrower does not transfer money by due date:
The late payment fees and penal interest received from the borrower is appropriated by Monexo to meet the collection costs / legal expenses incurred / to be incurred in connection with the loan.
What happens in case a borrower defaults?
Monexo follows screening criteria for approving borrowers. However, Monexo cannot guarantee repayment of loans as borrowers may miss repayments due to various reasons.
When a borrower misses a payment, Monexo makes reasonable efforts as permitted by RBI regulations to collect outstanding payments. Regular follow up with the borrower is done by Monexo for overdue amount.
When the overdue is for more than 30 days, it is referred to an approved collection agency / law firm / an arbitrator to facilitate collection of the overdue amount on your behalf. The fees payable to the collection agency is borne by Monexo and in lieu of this the late payment fee and penal charges collected from borrowers will be appropriated by Monexo to meet the costs.
How do I receive my monthly payments?
When a borrower makes a repayment on a loan, after a short processing time, your portion of the payment will be added to your available cash balance in your escrow account. You can use the funds to invest in more loans or transfer them to your bank account, as you wish.
What happens if a borrower pays off a loan early?
The borrower has the option to prepay the balance loan amount, provided he/ she intends to repay 100% of the amount due (including the interest due till date) in one go before the due date. On receiving the balance amount from the borrower, your portion of the repayment received will be added to your available cash balance in your escrow account.
However, partial prepayments are not allowed.
What happens if Monexo shuts down?
Monexo has appointed an independent administrator, IDBI Trusteeship Services Limited (ITSL) to manage the escrow account. In the event of Monexo's assets being harmed or Monexo going into liquidation, this will not affect your money. This still belongs to you. For money that has been lent, ITSL will continue to receive repayments from borrowers and distribute the collected payments to the lenders.
Is this product a note, bond or Collective Investment Scheme?
No. This is a pure loan in which you are the lender and the person who is receiving the funds is the borrower. Monexo has created this marketplace to connect smart and savvy lenders to smart borrowers.
How can I transfer funds to Monexo?
You can transfer funds to Monexo through any of the following options:
The transaction limits, bank charges and timings are given below. Do note this may vary with your bank and is not to be construed as fees/charges payable to Monexo.
What are the fees charged from a lender?
Monexo earns only when you earn
* Once you add funds amounting to INR 1 lakh and above, the 4% + GST fee on repayments collected will be updated to 2.5% + GST on subsequent loans that you fund
Do I earn interest on my money held in the escrow account?
You start earning interest when the loan that you have funded is disbursed to the borrower. You do not earn interest on your committed funds in the marketplace or in the money held in the escrow account. To maximise your returns, please monitor your loan portfolio regularly to deploy your funds effectively.
What are the returns I can expect from the funds that I lend?
When do I start earning interest?
When you have selected the loans to fund and we have disbursed the funds to the borrowers you will start earning interest. You do not earn any interest while your funds are held in the lender's funding account.
What is Monexo Auto - Invest?
Monexo Auto-Invest is a feature that helps you to automatically invest in loan listings without manually viewing and funding each loan. All you need to do is choose your lending criteria that will be applied each time loans get listed in the marketplace. If the loans match your criteria, your order will be placed.
Why Monexo Auto - Invest?
With Monexo Auto - Invest you can setup your own lending criteria based on desired diversification & risk/ return expectations. You keep control and have the flexibility to change criteria any time. You can continue to manually fund loans while you are a user of Monexo Auto-Invest.
How Monexo Auto - Invest works?
When you turn on Auto - Invest, the funds available in your escrow account are queued for funding the loans in the marketplace. We call this queue as the Investment Queue.
Monexo Auto-Invest engine runs daily at 10am IST, 12 noon IST, 3pm IST and 8pm IST. It finds those loans that are listed in the marketplace that meet lending rules of lenders that have opted for auto-invest. It checks the cash balance of these lenders.
It funds loans automatically these lenders based on FIFO (First In First Out) method i.e. the funds which are queued first will be used first to fund loans
How to activate Auto - Invest?
You can activate Auto - Invest by following these steps:
Maximum Funding per Borrower means the maximum portion of your funds that will be used to fund a particular borrower. This helps you cap your exposure per borrower. It is calculated as a % of your total funds as on today. For eg: If your total funds are Rs 5 lacs and you setup 2% as maximum funding per borrower, not more than Rs 10,000 would be allocated to any borrower through auto-invest.
Total funds is your "Net Funding + Earnings" as explained below:
Net Funding + Earnings is the sum of total funds transferred by you into the escrow account (net of withdrawals) and interest earnings on disbursed loans (net of Monexo fees)
With this you can decide on what portion of your funds available do you want to invest in loans listed based on Monexo ratings ( M1 to M8 with M1 being the best). You may choose your diversification based on your risk return expectation. You have the following options to set a portfolio:
Diversified Risk Portfolio
Conservative Risk Portfolio
Moderate Risk Portfolio
Aggressive Risk Portfolio
Create Your Own Portfolio
Am I eligible for Auto - Invest?
Yes. Every Monexo lender is eligible for Auto - Invest.
Can I fund loans manually after I enable Auto - Invest?
Yes. Being a Monexo Auto Invest user, you can continue to fund loans manually also.
How long does it take to invest my funds with Monexo Auto - Invest?
It depends on various factors, such as
1. The lending rules you have selected for Auto - Invest.
2. Your cash balance in escrow account
3. Inventory of listed loans that match your criteria
4. Other lenders who have opted for auto-invest
Who is a "My First Loan" borrower?
Indian demographics are changing and getting younger. These young people are migrating cities leaving their family behind for jobs. 80% Indians lack access to credit as they do not have a credit score. Banks and NBFCs serve only those who have a past loan record.
Monexo has launched loans for salaried borrowers who are "new to credit" - which is a step towards financial inclusion and democratising finance. A "My First Loan" borrower is taking a loan for the first time. He does not have a borrowing history and hence does not have a credit bureau score or report. However, many of them can be good credit. Monexo offers "My First Loan" to such borrowers after a stringent screening process.
What is the eligible loan amount for a "My First Loan" borrower?
"My First Loan" borrower is given a loan offer of Rs 50,000 for a tenor of 12 months. These loans are priced higher and thus you earn superior returns when compared to a loan which has a credit score. As a lender, we suggest you to diversify across "My First Loan" borrowers by funding not more than 5,000 per loan.
What is the screening process used for a "My First Loan" borrower?
Every borrower is different when it comes to finances. In addition to our regular screening process, we gather a range of financial, digital and social data about the "My First Loan" borrower. This includes reviewing his bank statement, income status, Linkedin profile, lookalike score and digital behaviour. We insist on additional electronic verifications in case of "My First Loan" borrower and use proprietary algorithms to identify creditworthy borrowers.
What is a lookalike score?
We are introducing an alternative score called "Lookalike score" for "My First Loan" borrowers. The applicant has been scored on a similar logic as is done for borrowers with a bureau score and considers the parameters that influence the repayment track record significantly. The lookalike score is factored into the Monexo Rating for each “New to Credit” borrower and complements the screening process.
Is there any difference in the listing or funding process of "My First Loan"?
There is no difference in the listing or funding process. You can view these loans in the same marketplace. In the loan details page, you can view the lookalike score for these loans. If you have chosen auto-invest, these loans are also considered as part of automated investing.
We encourage you to participate in funding these loans.This would be a big step towards financial inclusion.
What happens if a"My First Loan" Borrower is late on making a payment ?
If a 'My First Time' Borrower is late on a payment, Monexo follows the same collections process as applicable to any other borrower on our platform
Here is a summary of the collections process:
Monexo provides free collections support for the first 30 days of non-payment from borrowers. Post 30 days, the collection fee (if any) will be borne pro rata between all lenders associated with the loan.
What is the Monexo Monthly Income Plan?
With the Monexo Monthly Income Plan (“MIP”), your monthly interest component from borrower repayments is credited directly to your bank account every month. Once the MIP is activated for your account, the interest portion of the repayments that you receive throughout the month are reserved and sent to your bank account on the 1st of the subsequent month as a single entry to your bank account.
For any further queries / clarification - please write in to firstname.lastname@example.org from your registered email ID
Who is eligible for the Monthly Income Plan?
All investors on Monexo who receive repayments on their Investment Orders can benefit from the MIP . There is no minimum or maximum investment criteria to be eligible for the MIP.
How can I sign up or deactivate the Monthly Income Plan?
Active investors who wish to opt for the MIP need to reach out to us on email@example.com. Post this, we will share a ‘Opt-in’ Google form for the MIP where you need to provide your acceptance for activation of the MIP on your account. Once you opt-in for the MIP by providing your acceptance for the same, MIP will only be activated for your account on the 1st of the subsequent month. Once you are activated on the MIP, you will receive an email confirmation from us.
To opt-out of the MIP post activation - all you need to do is send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org from your registered email ID. We will confirm deactivation of MIP via an email to your registered mail ID. Once you opt out of MIP, MIP will be deactivated for your account on the 1st of the subsequent month only. Once you have been deactivated on the MIP, you will receive a separate email confirmation.
After the Monthly Income Plan is active on my account, from when will the interest be credited to my bank account ?
Once your MIP is activated on the 1st of the month, the interest component of borrower repayments received from the 1st to the last calendar day of that month will be set aside for credit to your bank account on the 1st of the subsequent month.
As an example, if you opt-in for MIP on 15th of April 2019, the MIP gets activated on your account only on the 1st of May 2019. Interest component of borrower repayments received from 1st - 31st May 2019 are set aside for credit to your bank account on the 1st of July.
While the Monthly Income Plan is active on my account, will I be able to withdraw or reinvest the interest component which has been set aside for credit to my bank account?
No - you will not be able to invest the interest component of monthly repayments from borrowers when you are active on the MIP.
After I submit my request for deactivation of the Monthly Income Plan, will I be able to reinvest / withdraw the interest component that has been set aside immediately ?
No. Please note that once you submit the request for deactivation of the MIP on your account - it will get deactivated only on the 1st of the subsequent month. Interest component of monthly repayments received in the interim period will continue to be set aside and not be available for reinvestment / withdrawal.
However, on the 1st of the next month, once we deactivate the MIP for your account, the instruction for credit of the interest amount to your bank account is auto-cancelled and the funds become available for you to either reinvest / withdraw.