If you have a data-phobia, look away now!

Last month, we released a post that dug in to the origination of loans by unique data like home ownership, education, employment duration and more. This month, we’re going to do the same and compare how this has changed since October. We’ve added one extra data point for review this month which is verification, meaning how many customers income and expenses we verify before issuing a loan.

Average income, loan amount and age

The average net monthly income of borrowers has increased across the board in November. Despite the reduction in the average loan amount in Estonia and Finland, this figure has increased by 44% in Spain. If you haven’t seen our recent post covering the origination of loans by credit rating, take a look here and see how this correlates with changes in originations across different risk ratings, specifically the change in HR between October and November.

average income november 2017

average loan amount november 2017

Across all countries of origination, the average age of borrowers have also increased. Perhaps this is correlated to the increase in average net income?

average age november 2017

Loan and employment duration

November has shown the same pattern as October for loan duration, with 36 months being the most common, followed by 60 months. Employment duration also followed suit with ‘More than 5 years’ being the most common, followed by ‘Up to 5 years’ and ‘Up to 1 year’. This would suggest that most people decide after 1 year if they are going to stay with their existing employer and once they have been there for 5 years, they aren’t going anywhere else.

Loan durations Estonia Spain Finland
3 0 0 0
6 4 0 1
9 7 4 0
12 12 4 1
18 10 14 2
24 36 2 0
30 17 2 0
36 658 173 186
48 68 26 37
60 489 32 91
Employment duration All countries
Trial Period 14
Up to 1 Year 341
Up to 2 Years 52
Up to 3 Years 71
Up to 4 Years 27
Up to 5 Years 500
More than 5 Years 775
Retiree 55
Other 41

Education and home ownership

Spain had the highest share of originations with a university level education at 51%, whereas Estonia had the lowest at 24%. The most common level of education in Finland was ‘Vocational’ and in Estonia it was ‘High School’.

Education level Estonia Spain Finland
Junior high school 174 24 43
Vocational 158 26 117
High school 653 76 76
University 316 131 82

In Finland and Estonia, owning a home outright is the most common type of status above renting, living with parents and having a mortgage. In contrast, the most common type of living status in Spain is ‘Living with parents’ where as in Finland this figure is only 1.26% of the total country share. These differences can be attributed to many factors, such as age or even cultural norms.

Home ownership status Estonia Spain Finland
Owner 600 56 120
Owner Mortgage 136 40 81
Living with parents 230 87 4
Tenant 274 61 102
Council house 15 2 6
Other 46 11 5


The data below shows how many customer’s income and expenses have been verified. Regardless of whether the borrower’s income has been verified, the background checks on population and credit referencing agencies are still conducted.

Income Estonia Spain Finland
Verified 650 238 275
Unverified 651 19 43

Which data point is the most important?

The individual risk of issuing a loan to a borrower is calculated using all of the parameters above and many more. The self-reported data which is displayed to investors is typically not very predictive and has relatively little influence on the Bondora rating of a particular loan. Therefore, this information should not be viewed as the only data used in determining the expected default of a loan.

Overall, this can give you a great idea of the basic profile of our borrowers and how this changes with the origination of loans in the coming months. Leave us a comment below and let us know which data points you think are most influential in credit scoring.

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