Key Points

  • My net investable assets increased to $651,747.
  • The IRR for trailing 12 months (TTM) decreased to 7.98%.
  • I added commercial real estate (CRE) investments to my portfolio.

Asset Allocation

Net Investable Assets: $651,747

Account 2015Q4 2016Q4 Change
Cash $10,081 $31,248 $21,167
Brokerage $29,921 $38,839 $8,918
LendingClub $177,860 $43,878 ($133,982)
Direct Lending Income Fund $487,118 $792,181 $305,063
Groundfloor $0 $5,190 $5,190
iFunding $0 $100,000 $100,000
Debt ($174,840) ($360,996) ($186,156)
Total $530,141 $651,747 $121,606

The increase was $121,606 which was exactly what I forecasted. My investment returns suffered due to an unexpected loss of LendingClub notes ($5,000 expected gain vs. $3,983 actual loss) caused by the scandal surrounding CEO departure, and slightly lower returns on DLI Fund performance (12% forecast vs. 10.89% actual). Over the next few years, I expect my salary to remain flat while the passive income continues to grow.

Internal Rate of Return (IRR): 7.98%

Account Allocation IRR (TTM) IRR (TOT)
LendingClub 4.66% (4.16%) 5.71%
Direct Lending Income Fund 84.16% 10.75% 10.73%
Groundfloor 0.55% 6.86%
iFunding 10.62% 3.60%
Total 100% 7.98% 8.75%

Allocating a large portion of my fixed income portfolio in Lending Club notes was a big mistake.The under-performance of the lower-grade loans (particularly grade E-G) is hurting my overall investment returns. I have stopped automated reinvesting for the foreseeable future and continue winding down all Lending Club accounts. The discrepancy between an actual return and an expected has continued to worsen, leading me to look for different asset classes as my IRR declines.

Investment Strategy 2017

Currently my portfolio splits 84% hedge fund and 11% commercial real estate with the expected returns of 10% and 20% respectively. I will continue to maximize financial leverage through credit card balance transfers to enhance overall returns.

Backdoor Roth IRA

I considered Vanguard or Fidelity for my annual backdoor Roth IRA contributions, but I decided to stay with LendingClub invest with Groundfloor. I also started winding down LendingClub IRAs.

Portfolio Assessment

YieldStreet works with litigation finance originators to create diversified portfolios of pre-settlement advances on personal injury cases. The target return is 12-15% over 24-36 month term. I have been parking my cash in DLI Fund as an alternative to stashing money in a high yield savings account until I am ready to make a long-term commitment with other asset classes. Now that the return of the fund is going to fall in the high-single digit range, I am thinking to shift my portfolio allocation to litigation finance. The difference between the two returns is no longer negligible when one has been in steady decline.

Credit Card Arbitrage

An estimated total redemption in DLI Fund will be $750,000 over the next 12 months. $350,000 will go toward credit card repayments. The third round of credit card arbitrage investment will take place in mid-2018.

401(k) Contribution Only Up To The Match

I stop maxing out a 401(k) plan through my company. My employer matches 125% up to 6 percent of my salary for a maximum $10,000 per year. I will contribute only up to $8,000.