The marketplace on Abundance lets you purchase investments from other investors who are looking to sell. A seller will list an amount of a particular investment that they are looking to sell and they have the option to set a reserve price if there is minimum price they are willing to sell for.  

Interested buyers can then place bids against the offer based on the price they are willing to purchase the investment for. It is up to you choose the price you are willing to pay but this article provides some things to consider when choosing a price.

As with any investment product there are risks. Part or all of your invested capital may be at risk and any return on your investment depends on the success of the project invested in. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Learn more about the investment

Before you consider the price you are willing to pay, have a good read through all the information provided about the investment and consider whether the investment is right for you. The investments on Abundance vary in a number of ways, including term length, return, business structure and the risks involved.

Payments due

The amount you are expected to get back and when might affect how much you are willing to pay for an investment. For investments for sale on the marketplace that have a fixed return, you can view a payment schedule. This sets out a list of all the expected payments from the investment, as well as the payments successfully made to date. 

For investments that have a variable or inflation-linked return, future returns depend on the performance of the project or the rate of inflation respectively and therefore future payments are not known. The payment schedule will still show you what these investments have paid out historically.

Bear in mind that an investment may be approaching a payment date and the return is paid to the holder of the investment on the date of payment. Therefore, if you purchase an investment shortly before the company makes the 6-monthly payment due, you will receive the entire return accrued since the last payment.

Remember that the returns are not guaranteed and past performance is not a guide to future performance.

IRR calculator

An Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is a way of showing your return over the life of the investment and is particularly useful when showing a return for an investment that has irregular payments and payment periods or when considering the price to pay for an investment. You can learn more about an IRR here.

You can use the IRR calculator to see what your return will be based on the price you are considering paying for an investment. The calculator is available for an investment for sale on the marketplace, except for investments that have a variable or inflation-linked return.

Please note, the maximum price you can enter is the total expected returns from the investment, any more than this and you would make a loss and your IRR would be negative.

Track record

It is important to consider all the information available on a particular investment, including any updates or events that have happened since the investment was originally offered. This includes information like the payments successfully made by the company, the annual accounts of the company and any updates provided by the company.

The types of update provided by a company will depend on the type of project and the nature of the business. The updates may provide important information on how the company is performing which in turn will impact the risks of the investment. For example, an operational renewable energy project may provide an update notifying investors of an operational issue. Or a company constructing a new project may notify investors that they have reached a key milestone on budget.

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