Note: Only Portuguese citizens can invest in Raize. If you’re not Portuguese but are still curious go ahead and read the review to learn more about this company which I’m proud of.
Disclaimer: This Raize review is 100% impartial and based on everything I learned. I recommend everyone to do their own due diligence as I am not a finance expert nor a financial advisor.
More important than everything, Raize is regulated and supervised by the Bank of Portugal and by CMVM. These kind of information should be the first thing people should look before investing in any platform. (I made my mistakes in the past also, as you may read in my blog).
Raize was formed in Portugal in 2015 and it’s 100% Portuguese.
In the following years it has transacted more than 14 811 488€ between investors.
This company is similar to Crowdestor in the way that investors lend money to companies, and not to other people.
All of their financial reports are available here.
Opportunity for companies
If you belong to a company, you can opt to choose from 3 different types of borrowing:
- Treasury financing and investment
- Invoice advance
- Financing startups
This is a great chance for small and/or medium companies to get a decent borrow from investors without too much bureaucracy.
You’ll pay fewer taxes (as you would to a bank) and the whole process will be much faster to set up (up to 48 hours in case you’re approved).
All the companies are analysed in a thorough process before being accepted. If accepted, a level will be assigned to it: A, B+, B, B-, C+, etc…
This level is assigned according to the company’s financial results in the past year(s) as shown in the example below about the company Marques Maçarico, Lda.
Opportunity for investors
If you have some spared money and don’t know what to do with it (that’s a good sign!), you can think about investing in Raize and get an average interest rate of 6%.
There are absolutely no fees attached and all the payments are made monthly.
If a company is not late on a payment, you can always sell your investment to other users of the platform. Usually, it takes less than one day for someone to buy it.
Listed in the Stock Market
This is yet another step that makes the company a more serious competitor to other platforms.
Bank deposits were later introduced in Raize. But now, if you wish, you can make long-term deposits and get slightly higher interest rates than in traditional banks, and with the same guarantees.
My Investment Strategy
My goal is to diversify as much as I can. Given the fact that Raize does not offer a buyback guarantee like other crowdlending platforms, I usually choose projects of rating A. Since these have had good financial results in the past, it is less unlikely that they’ll be delayed or won’t pay (but not impossible).
You can also decide to use Raize’s own product called Tracker, which automatically invests in new projects that appear – never exceeding more than 5% on a single investment.
By using Tracker, you can define the maximum amount to invest in a single project. You can have for instance 20€ as your limit budget per project.
What Happens When a Company Doesn’t Pay?
When a company is delayed on payments or simply doesn’t have the money to fulfil their obligations at a given moment, several things can happen:
- You’re unable to sell your investment in the ‘secondary market’ until the payments are regular again.
- Raize may plan a recovery plan (extended payment period) to help the company paying its debt.
- A lawsuit may be created by Raize if an agreement between them and the company is not reached with the goal of retrieving the maximum amount of money lent by the investors.
Verdict Raize Review
Raize is definitely one of my favorite platforms and the first that I recommend to people. Please keep in mind that I am not a financial advisor that this review is merely my opinion. I still encourage you to do your own research.
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