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Members' Thoughts and Experience with StreetShares
« on: October 17, 2017, 02:50:00 PM »
Just joined.  This is a great website.  Can consideration be given to discussion of Streetshares platform?  I'm quitting Prosper after 6 years and declining ROI.  Experience with Streetshares, six months in, is thus far positive.  Their staff is easily accessible by "chat", email or phone and unlike Prosper, quickly responds with apparent candid, straight forward information.  Their investment process is simple, including their auto investing system available with a Pro Shares account.  While modest, the fixed 5% return on Veteran Bonds is simple, effortless and seemingly worry free. I'll try to follow up at 12 months and on into the future.  I'm hoping Streetshares can provide a conservative investment with modest, but reliable growth and income potential and an option to the stock market.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2017, 03:02:47 PM »
Thanks for your input.  Can you explain what you believe the tax implications are with these? It would seem like such a basic thing would be described in your FAQ/site but it wasn't as far as I saw in a search.
FYI, I asked in a chat and they gave me a name and email address. He did follow up and said he would ask about putting the tax forms sent, etc on the FAQ and that the person he provide responds quickly.
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Re: Members' Thoughts and Experience with StreetShares
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2017, 03:26:57 PM »
Afternoon lascott,

Glad to hear you've had a similar experience with inquiries to StreetShares.  Regarding taxes, any profit will be in the form of interest income and treated the same way as net income from Prosper or Lending Club investments ... reported and payable annually.  I do not know of IRA or Roth IRAs being available through StreetShares...at least not yet.  Hope this helps.

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2017, 06:27:03 PM »
Afternoon lascott,  Glad to hear you've had a similar experience with inquiries to StreetShares.  Regarding taxes, any profit will be in the form of interest income and treated the same way as net income from Prosper or Lending Club investments ... reported and payable annually.  I do not know of IRA or Roth IRAs being available through StreetShares...at least not yet.  Hope this helps.
Thank you for the follow up. I currently have a taxable and ROTH IRA with LC but with the losses exceeding more than $3K each year I can not catch up as far as claiming capital losses and don't have gains in non-taxable accounts to offset.  I was questioning in my mind if this is a good option for some of my taxable money.

I do wonder about the risk of this company and losing money if they fail.

I'd probably want to clarify on how the 1% fee work if you add money during parts of the year:

Without being locked into unfriendly terms
* Access your money anytime for a 1% fee*
* After 1 year, withdraw with no fee or keep your money at work
* Check your account 24/7
Above via: https://streetshares.com/landing/veteran-business-bonds

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Re: Members' Thoughts and Experience with StreetShares
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2017, 06:59:25 PM »
Why would someone buy Veteran Bond at 5% total return when they can invest in High Yield Corporate Bond HYG, JNK with similar yield and instant liquidity and lower risk? Veteran bond is lending to very small businesses smaller than even micro-cap stocks so are potentially much more riskier than bond issuers in HYG, JNK and similar funds and should be yielding much more. The return doesn't justify the associated high risk unless I am missing something.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 08:01:02 PM »
Why would someone buy Veteran Bond at 5% total return when they can invest in High Yield Corporate Bond HYG, JNK with similar yield and instant liquidity and lower risk? Veteran bond is lending to very small businesses smaller than even micro-cap stocks so are potentially much more riskier than bond issuers in HYG, JNK and similar funds and should be yielding much more. The return doesn't justify the associated high risk unless I am missing something.
You make a good point and have mentioned HYG and JNK in the past. In general, I like to be able to see (lookup) my investments in public access places too. (One reason I don't like made-up funds by insurance companies (VOYA is an example I'm forced to deal with)).  The company certainly is using the 'Veteran' angle. Wonder what types of interest they are charging for loans. Certainly a fair bit over 5%. (From Fred93 below: From 15.5% to 26.2% !!!)

ETFDB quick comparisons: http://etfdb.com/tool/etf-comparison/JNK-HYG/#performance

The annual yield, SEC yield, and expense ratios don't look great tho.
http://www.xtf.com/ETF-Ratings/HYG 
http://www.xtf.com/ETF-Ratings/JNK

This looks like it would be a better option based on the yields and expense ratios:
VWEHX - Investor Shares - Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund
VWEAX - Admiral Shares - Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund
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Re: Members' Thoughts and Experience with StreetShares
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 10:16:13 PM »
Why would someone buy Veteran Bond at 5% total return when they can invest in High Yield Corporate Bond HYG, JNK with similar yield and instant liquidity and lower risk? Veteran bond is lending to very small businesses smaller than even micro-cap stocks so are potentially much more riskier than bond issuers in HYG, JNK and similar funds and should be yielding much more. The return doesn't justify the associated high risk unless I am missing something.

I'd *like* to invest with them, as those are exactly the types of businesses that I'd *like* to support, but I would need more transparency, especially if I were to consider the "set it and forget it" retail bonds out of a desire not to sink so much time into going full-on quant, again.

I very much like their model, mktg angle, and demographics --- but the legal/operational transparency is just not up to my comfort level, even when weighed against how I'd (personally) prefer to allocate my capital.  I have to be focused on capital preservation, before any sort of thoughts about preferential capital allocation.  I hope they get there.  I've gotten very close to dumping $$$ into it, but stopped.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2017, 10:59:21 PM »
Streetshares is a TINY STARTUP with no operating history.  They have issued only a tiny number of loans so far.  There is nothing on which one could base an analysis of their underwriting skill.  In short, they are very risky.  Their most recent annual report, which reports thru June 2016, shows only 105 loans in FY2015 and 370 loans in FY2016.  (Lending club has 1.5 million so far.)  Their 2017 report is due soon.

Meanwhile, this table from the annual report shows you among other things what interest rates they charge...  From 12.9% to 27.1%

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2017, 04:37:59 PM »
I've been invested on both StreetShares platforms for a few months and am happy with the results so far.

I consider the borrowers to be part of the "nano-cap" market, which helps to diversify my portfolio.

I realize the riskiness of these loans and the start-up nature of StreetShares, but the amount of money I've deployed is small.

I categorize these investments as "pilot trading" where I have a small amount of skin in the game to learn how they work.

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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2017, 04:21:28 PM »
I've only been on StreetShares for a few months and it's been a positive experience as far as returns go.  The only downside I've seen is that with such low loan volumes I have idle cash even with auto invest on.  You either invest in everything that comes out or keep the cash idle. 

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2017, 02:27:15 PM »
In follow up to my original posts some months ago re: Streetshares...  As of now, I've continued to invest both in Veteran Bonds and through the Streetshares Pro platform.  The Veteran Bond account provides a conservative, but reasonable return of 5% with withdrawals restricted to a two week anniversary period each year determined by the date the account was opened.  Withdrawals are actually permitted any time of the year, but will be credited with a 4% APR return vs. 5%.  For cash that one does not want to put in more volatile markets, e.g., the stock market, this is far better than the 1.3 or 1.4 percentages paid by even the internet banks.  In eight months of investing with Streetshares I have experienced no delinquencies or charge offs with the "pro" platform.  I now have approximately 70 current loans and approximately 40 have been paid in full.  90%+ of my loans are from the most conservative category, having what Streetshares refers to as low expected loss ratios...usually 2% or less and typically providing a 12-15 percent return. I fully realize these are not yet "seasoned" loans, however, many are very short term, 6 weeks, and supported by documented gov't contracts. Resulting from the availability of these short term, contract backed loans, many borrowers are "repeaters", using Streetshares to assist on a short term basis with cash flows.  Given the "start/stop" nature of investing in these short term loans, cash does sit idle for a few days here and there, but with the use of the auto investing feature and a bit of diligence week to week this can be minimized. On the upside of the "pro" platform, the frequent turnover of short term loans and resulting cash balances allow funds to be available for withdrawal (without any fee) on a regular basis, providing some level of liquidity without penalty.  I've gradually added to both platforms over eight months in 2017. I'll be tracking returns over the full year of 2018 and will try to post occasionally...if anyone is interested :).  I do believe, at this point, Streetshares can significantly outperform my Prosper investment which has steadily declined to the 6% range with substantially less monitoring and effort in reinvestment of funds (never was a fan of Prosper's auto invest feature).  Streetshares has continued to be consistently prompt in answering any questions submitted through either their live chat feature or email.  This customer service aspect of their business remains in the excellent category for me.  Prosper's customer service and responsive was, in my experience, terrible.  Last, I read a few posts stating that Streetshares had generated only a few hundred loans and was a tiny operation, etc.  I believe, just by viewing the number and size of loans being processed through the website, that it has considerably more business than those characterizations.  I feel comfortable with using Streetshares to diversify my investments, particularly in light the stock market's predicted lackluster future.  I trust our country's small business and Veteran community more than do I large corporations.  Hope to hear from others with their thoughts.  Best wishes for a happy and successful new year.

 

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2017, 03:28:34 PM »
In follow up to my original posts some months ago re: Streetshares...  As of now, I've continued to invest both in Veteran Bonds and through the Streetshares Pro platform.  The Veteran Bond account provides a conservative, but reasonable return of 5% with withdrawals restricted to a two week anniversary period each year determined by the date the account was opened.  Withdrawals are actually permitted any time of the year, but will be credited with a 4% APR return vs. 5%.  For cash that one does not want to put in more volatile markets, e.g., the stock market, this is far better than the 1.3 or 1.4 percentages paid by even the internet banks.  In eight months of investing with Streetshares I have experienced no delinquencies or charge offs with the "pro" platform.  I now have approximately 70 current loans and approximately 40 have been paid in full.  90%+ of my loans are from the most conservative category, having what Streetshares refers to as low expected loss ratios...usually 2% or less and typically providing a 12-15 percent return. I fully realize these are not yet "seasoned" loans, however, many are very short term, 6 weeks, and supported by documented gov't contracts. Resulting from the availability of these short term, contract backed loans, many borrowers are "repeaters", using Streetshares to assist on a short term basis with cash flows.  Given the "start/stop" nature of investing in these short term loans, cash does sit idle for a few days here and there, but with the use of the auto investing feature and a bit of diligence week to week this can be minimized. On the upside of the "pro" platform, the frequent turnover of short term loans and resulting cash balances allow funds to be available for withdrawal (without any fee) on a regular basis, providing some level of liquidity without penalty.  I've gradually added to both platforms over eight months in 2017. I'll be tracking returns over the full year of 2018 and will try to post occasionally...if anyone is interested :).  I do believe, at this point, Streetshares can significantly outperform my Prosper investment which has steadily declined to the 6% range with substantially less monitoring and effort in reinvestment of funds (never was a fan of Prosper's auto invest feature).  Streetshares has continued to be consistently prompt in answering any questions submitted through either their live chat feature or email.  This customer service aspect of their business remains in the excellent category for me.  Prosper's customer service and responsive was, in my experience, terrible.  Last, I read a few posts stating that Streetshares had generated only a few hundred loans and was a tiny operation, etc.  I believe, just by viewing the number and size of loans being processed through the website, that it has considerably more business than those characterizations.  I feel comfortable with using Streetshares to diversify my investments, particularly in light the stock market's predicted lackluster future.  I trust our country's small business and Veteran community more than do I large corporations.  Hope to hear from others with their thoughts.  Best wishes for a happy and successful new year.

 
You might consider reviewing their most recent 1K filing with the SEC. If I recall correctly, they had fairly little cash on hand (~$1m) which would only last about 6 months from the date of the filing based on their burn rate. I think that put them at the end of January 2018 to run out of cash.

I think they have a good model, but unless they raise substantial new equity capital, I would be very concerned about the solvency of the company.

I don't recall seeing anything about new money raised recently.

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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2018, 03:35:55 PM »
Hi folks,

StreetShares announced this morning (January 24, 3018) that we have completed our Series B funding round, raising $23 million in fresh equity capital.

http://blog.streetshares.com/streetshares-secures-23-million-equity-funding-to-scale-award-winning-fintech-platform-for-the-military-and-veteran-market

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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 01:18:13 PM »
What is the current burn rate at StreetShares?

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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2018, 09:28:29 PM »
What is the current burn rate at StreetShares?

Yeah - interest piqued, again, and I'll admit to going to their website and doing a headcount to do eyeball-math regarding sustainability.
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