Would I invest 127k EUR in P2P platforms like Bondora, Mintos, Twino?

Received an email from Mark, who asked for advice about investing in P2P platforms:

Basically, ~127k EUR is sitting around and not working. I do have Bondora and I was one of the early investors in 2012 when it was called Isepankur. Problem there is I don’t understand what’s going on there-it is displaying my ROI as 15% but everyone is saying that it’s not real because they don’t calculate defaults correctly and real returns are ridiculously low.
Considering all of the above, do you recommend investing in Mintos and/or Twino?How would you suggest getting enough math skills to be able to figure out what’s going on with my account at Bondora, how to calculate XIRR(not sure?) etc.
If not Mintos/Twino, what passive strategies would you recommend to put the capital I have sitting idle to work.

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How I lost $3700 and made $1500 with 3x leveraged ETFs

Long $UWTI

When I opened my DNB Trade account in 2015, my first trades were a bit crazy, among them:

  • $YHOO –  lost only 4%, but should not have touched it at all
  • $NBG – National Bank of Greece, lost only 25% (now delisted)
  • $CHAD, $CHAU – ETFs with 2x leverage that follow CSI 300 Index
  • $SUNE, $ZINC, $VRS – lost nearly 100%, delisted or went bankrupt

I tested my risk tolerance by starting with the most risky stuff I could find and when I got burned, moved to more safe things like sector ETFs with no leverage.

My most expensive lesson was from buying $UWTI – where I managed to lose about 80%, which amounted to more than $3700:

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