This exact question was asked of me just the other day. You would be surprised how often I get asked something similar. It has definitely been more times than I can count!
We’re in an eventful time where the stock market is behaving like a wild animal and interest rates are at record lows – again. (I’ve refinanced my house twice!) Low mortgage rates are great, but how do you actually make money in the short-term?
In such an unstable market, short term investing may be a safer alternative for investors. Short-term investing allows investors to invest their money – whether it’s investing $10,000 or investing $100,000 – with little or no risk, while knowing their money is not going to be tied up for long periods of time.
The typical short-term investment is expected to grow for several months to a few years, and can be turned into cash or other short term investments once they reach maturity. (In the investing world, “long term” investments are really long term — often decades — which leaves room for short-term investments that can still last several years.)
1. Peer to Peer Lending: Lending Club
Peer-to-peer lending websites allow investors to broaden their investment portfolio by spreading out the investments and reducing their risk. These websites work as tools to connect investors to qualified consumers in need of a loan and allow investors to become the bank, providing a small percentage of multiple borrowers’ loans. Investors purchase notes and receive a monthly income in the form of loan repayment and interest. In the end, this can easily be a win-win for everyone involved.
One such company, Lending Club, sets the interest rate on notes based on specific credit criteria. And since they only accept desirable borrowers, they dramatically reduce the risk for default and potential losses for the lenders.
Lenders may start out small and increase the amount of money they are willing to lend as their confidence in the company grows. Lending Club offers loans from a few hundred dollars to over $10,000; how much you should invest depends on the level of risk you’re comfortable with as well as your investment timeline.