26
Mar

High Rate Loans – Pros and Cons

ccIf you do not know the term “Pay Day” or its variations, consider yourself lucky. At least financially.

The term “Pay Day” is a euphemism. Let us first define it for what it really is.

Payday lending is a form of short-term lending without collateral to people with little or no liquidity, or a bad credit rating. Pay Day is a generic term. Companies in this form of lending go by other names, such as Cash and Go, Advance Pay, Loan Up and Cash Carry. Sometimes these are also called Accommodation Loans or Instant Cash.

Whatever the name, here is a statistic to show how prevalent they have become in a few short years (probably last ten years) in the US. There are some 22,000 companies in Pay Day business, making $40 billion in loans and collecting $6 billion in interest and fees. This number may already be dated, since more companies are coming on line.

REASON FOR PAY DAY POPULARITY

Here are the reasons:

  1. As a business model, it is proven to be resilient and profitable. Diverse portfolio, small exposure, short term nature of the loan and catering to a sector few traditional lenders touch.
  2. With Americans’ incomes not keeping pace with inflation, and increasing illegal immigration, there is growing need for Payday type loans as more and more people live from paycheck to paycheck.
  3. While there is State level regulation on Payday practices, this form of lending is highly unregulated and as yet unchecked in any real form by Federal government. And State supervision is spotty. So no wonder new Payday type lenders are cropping up all over.
  4. Because of small loans and not much oversight, entry barriers are low.

PROS AND CONS

Pros:

  1. Easy terms, no collateral
  2. Negative credit history is not an obstacle
  3. Very local
  4. Caters to a segment of population which has no other alternatives to cover their expenditures or budgets

Cons:

  1. Very high rates of interest (although many States have Usury laws, so Payday lenders skirt it by calling these “fees” or “service charges”
  2. Addictive. Since money is easily available, there is less incentive to save and forgo certain expenditures
  3. Does not improve borrower’s credit history–whereas getting credit from a traditional source, even a store, and paying it down regularly will actually improve your credit rating and open up other doors to borrowing

WAYS TO AVOID PAYDAY

  1. Get in the habit of budgeting your income and expenses and do it conservatively. This will help you manage your cash flow and enable you to predict it—that way you can find ways to either boost your income or reduce expenses. It also will help you to prioritize your expenses
  2. Diligently note down your expenses
  3. Try to put internal limits on when to use a credit card. I advised someone to not use a credit card for single-shop charges below $25. It is amazing how quickly she realized money was flowing through her hands. She never appreciated this when flashing credit cards, and making minimum payments.
  4. Pay off all or most of credit card balance each month. Credit card companies are only a slightly softer version of Payday lenders.
  5. I prefer loan from a friend or from family although I realize it is not always possible
  6. Treat Payday as the absolute last resort, before bankruptcy. That will help you strengthen your resolve to avoid them as long as possible
  7. Get Credit Counseling. Like someone who wants to lose weight must seek professional help, if you are unable to balance your checkbook, you need to see a professional financial advisor.
  8. See if you have an asset that can be monetized. It may be jewelry you do not use or a house bigger than you can afford. This is the absolute first step to repairing your financial health.
25
Mar

Why Payday Loans Are Good for Many People

njjPayday Loans have been criticized by many as a poor financial choice. These loans are also called Payday Advances, Salary Loans or Payroll Loans. Critics say that the interest is very high and that people can get into trouble once they begin to borrow money that way. Both of those statements can be true, but are not always the case. Just like anything else in life, if someone chooses to misuse assistance or abuse many other options that they have that normally are good, things can still end up to be bad!

Let’s address some of the concerns. The first concern is about the high rates of interest. It is true that the Interest Rates on these loans would seem astronomical compared to most traditional loan rates. But let’s take a closer look.

When a person gets a $100 Payday Loan and it costs them $20 to borrow it, many people would criticize that this is a rip off and that it is a form of predatory lending. They feel that it is unfair to people who may not fully understand the costs involved in this type of unsecured loan. They might say that Cash Advance Loans are too expensive when compared to other loan products or services and that Payday Loans should be avoided.

Now, when your auto mechanic is fixing your car and he orders a part for you, what happens? Let’s say that the part costs $100 wholesale to the mechanic and that the suggested retail price of the part is $150, which he charges you. Now he only had this part in his possession for minutes or possibly hours, but he still has profited by twice the amount of the Payroll Loan lender. The mechanic is taking a minimal risk that the part fails and he has to do the repair again at no charge. The Payroll Loan lender has taken a much greater risk by lending money to people whom other lenders would turn away.

Think about it for a moment. If the restaurant that you and you family had dinner at last night ordered fresh food during the day yesterday to prepare meals, and your meal cost them $100 in raw food ingredients, but then your bill came to $150 (plus tip!) then why is this practice looked down upon? The restaurant only had possession of the food for a few hours before serving, yet they could add the $50 of revenue to cover their costs and make a little profit.

Somehow, when other types of business make much greater revenue on the products or services that they deliver, it just seems to be considered by most to be free enterprise and is perfectly acceptable. In reality, it is! Our society depends on goods and services being provided to fill the needs and wants of the public and everyone knows that some money must be made at each level or no one would bother doing it! Essentially, we gladly pay because we have needs that we can’t fulfill on our own!

Using this new found perspective, why should Unsecured Loan Lenders do this for Free? They have bills to pay and need to make a little money too, which is the same as any other form of commerce. Because of the higher risk that they take, they also need to cover their losses. Do you think you pay too little for insurance? Probably not. When insurance companies sustain huge losses, they increase their rates to stay profitable. It is just part of the costs we pay, just like it is with short term Loans.

Now the other thing that Payday Loans are often criticized because of is the concern that once someone begins to borrow against their future earnings, they can get into financial trouble. If someone needs more money than they make, it is difficult to get back to good financial health. Once people start using credit to get things they need, they can get in trouble when the bills start to come due.

Hmmm. Does this sound familiar? If someone sees the latest fashionable pair of boots on their way home and it only costs $150, will they likely skip Starbucks one morning a week to save up to buy them? Will they save the $5 per week and wait 30 weeks to buy the boots with cash, after they go out of style? Or will they pull out their trusty credit card, run into the store and come out $150 plus tax, plus interest in debt!

When you don’t want to cook, you go out to eat. But what if your budget included dinner at home? You rely on your credit card to pay for dinner. When you don’t have any extra money and you accidentally drop your smart phone, and the display breaks, you use your credit card. If you develop a throat infection and need to pay the doctor’s co-pay, or your dog needs to see the vet, or your car won’t pass inspection without new tires or your children need new shoes for school, you use your credit card.

Using your credit card means you are borrowing against your future earnings. You are assuming that you will continue to make enough money to pay back the credit cards and the interest, along with your normal living expenses. This is the way most of us live. We use credit to our advantage and realize that there is a cost for doing that. We also use credit to help us achieve the quality of life that we want to live, along with paying for things that we have to pay for.

For people without credit cards, and possibly have poor credit on top of that, a Payroll Loan is likely one of their only options. Believe it or not, these folks have needs and wants too. They get hungry, they need to have safe cars, they get sick, their kids needs shoes and so on. They just can’t borrow against their future earnings the way you probably can.

Traditional lenders, especially in recent years, tend to only want the lowest risk customers and generally are not interested in doing business with the typical applicant for a Salary Loan. The loan applicant needs a steady job and a bank account to qualify for this type of loan, and those two characteristics may help to indicate that there is a good chance that the potential borrower is trying to do the right thing.

In summary, these unsecured loans are not for everyone. However, for many hardworking people who need money and cannot turn to traditional lenders, a Payday Loan may be the perfect solution!

22
Mar

Is Payday Lending the Right Choice

d4wwThere are many people who find themselves in significant financial straits and do not know what to do about the situation. If such a person learns about payday loans through an online search or by driving past a storefront with a sign advertising this type of loan, a quick decision to pursue this type of getting fast money might be made. It is a frequent occurrence that a person applies for this type of loan without doing due diligence about the negative consequences. Local Credit Unions would recommend that other sources of obtaining some financial relief. Prior to applying for a payday loan, one needs to learn the pertinent facts about the loan.

BIG FEES WILL BE ATTACHED TO A PAYDAY LOAN

Most people are aware that any loan will have interest and require proof of income. However, one needs to know that the interest on a payday loan can come in at anywhere from 24 to 39% which adds up to a lot of money that one already doesn’t have available. Even if one lives in a state that has put a cap on payday loan interest rates, interest is still high. A person who gets this type of loan might not be able to pay it back on his/her next payday and extends the loan. When this situation occurs, interest fees have to be paid again. In addition, there are several high fee “administrative” fees for the loan that will have to be paid. It can happen that people who become involved with a payday loan find themselves seeking one payday loan to pay off another, the situation spirals out of control and financial ruin looms in the near future.

SIGNIFICANT FACTS TO REMEMBER

Those who get a loan fully intend to repay the debt. However, when one has a payday loan, it is to be paid by the next payday. However, one must remember that there are other bills to pay, food and gas to buy and the funds for the loan payment may not be there to repay the loan. For these reasons, one can become involved in a vicious cycle of trying to find more cash streams to meet all financial obligations. Such a cycle seems never ending until the outcome may have to be a bankruptcy filing. Declaring bankruptcy is something that most people want to avoid.

Dealing with the horrible cycle of debt will have an effect on the whole family. Worry becomes constant and the bill collection calls, letters and threats can result in overwhelming stress that can cause depression and other medical problems. Some people become unable to work and unable to take action or seek help to solve the financial problems. If people are fully informed about the negative ramifications of payday loans, they should be able to avoid this solution to lack of money.

OTHER OPTIONS FOR FINANCIAL HELP

Local Credit Unions would suggest that people having financial problems consider getting a low or no interest credit card that can be paid down gradually when household obligations are met. In addition, people should talk with representatives of local Credit Unions regarding any programs that they might offer that could help with family financial issues. Most of these agencies offer both secured and unsecured loan packages. In addition, one will find that payments and interest rates with credit unions are typically lower than with other financial institutions. It is in the best interest of anyone to avoid becoming involved with a payday loan and investigate the other avenues of procuring the needed money to assist with finances. There are viable alternatives to the highly advertised payday loan.

4
Mar

How to Make It Sure You Can Pay It Off

lolCongratulations! You undertook the commitment you can barely handle. Was it hard to get? Nope! Is it hard to get away with it? Sure! Here’s how you go through this challenge with minimum casualties and maximum security measures.

1. Don’t perceive it as the least fortunate measure to take. In fact, you could always take another job (what that would be, a 4th one?) or assign for some extra shifts (say after 32nd of October till the end of the month). Anyway, if you have chosen cash payday loans, don’t be harsh on yourself, simply organize your budget for successful discharge. Start with average income calculation. As soon as you know how much you can get, you know how much you can give.

– start with simple listing and day-to-day budgeting. When you know your expenses, it’s easier to cut down on the unnecessary.
– rethink your spending; sometimes it’s hard to get rid of the point in your list, but in the end, you can shift for better pricing.

2. Your second measure to prevent unexpected negative results from payday loan borrowing is division. We don’t mean become a tightwad, we mean become a rationalist. Count as precisely as you can all your expenses for the period of loan duration. As soon as you have it, check if you’ve taken into consideration unexpected issues and make the totals.

– when you do calculations, consider adding a bit to every point of your spending list. Just 1-2% can eventually result in a buffer zone. If you add only $1 to every fuelling, you eventually save some amount for unexpected cases.

3. When you have what you need, count what your perspectives are. It’s evident that you’ve taken a payday loan for a reason; your unstable incomes from different resources combined in one can actually form a pretty good basement for your loan repayment. Now that you’ve got the numbers, compare if your unstable income can afford your “stable” payday loan payoff.

– if you feel like your unsteady financial position is getting worse, try to get some support. It can be either professionals or someone from your family. As soon as you can guarantee stability for the time the loan is due, you can be sure to avoid penalties for delinquent activity with your debts. Simply, protect yourself from being late.

4. You’re confronted with two options; either you can clear your financial issue till the due date or need back up funds for payday loan coverage. If you’re a proud owner of the first lot, bingo! You nailed it! Your loan can be considered successful and your decision commercially correct. Unfortunately, if you concluded you can’t make both ends meet, your payday loan enterprise appears a failure as requires additional assets. Next time you do the same routine from the very beginning, but perform the whole procedure with a virtual so that to secure your decision from a drop-on.

– payday loans can become a more fortunate deal when you repay on time, but at the same time, if you foresee failure, you still can make it less painful for your financial state. Always consider rescheduling as soon as you realize your income can’t help you repay the loan on time.

It’s up to you to pay on time or drag down till your loan starts biting you. The only thing that remains unchanged is your attitude to financial operations. The more diligent you are, the more scopes you have; the more committed you get, the more options you get, and thus, more fortunate deals at your disposal.

Don’t you want to try one?

Are you ready for smart borrowing? Do you think it’s time to make only reasonable choices? Do you want to make more than you spend?

The time to get your financial security has come.