How Personal Loans Work


Everyone needs a little bit of help now and again and finances are no exception. Personal loans aim to help the individual to finance a new business venture, buy furniture or consolidate debt. Personal loans are often tailor-made to the individual and can therefore be helpful and not burdensome. Banks and credit institutions offer personal loans; and there are many options out there so understand how they work before you sign the paperwork.

Personal loans are unsecured loans. This means that you do not have to sign over any of your assets such as property or vehicles in order to get the loan. These loans can have either fixed or variable interest rates. A fixed interest rate will be signed on the agreement and will not change. If you choose a personal loan with fixed interest rates that do not fluctuate like credit card interest rates that are variable, this will make your personal loan a more affordable option. Krugerrands and used gold and jewellery make for great collateral for a personal loan.

A variable interest will change with market values. The repayments are due over a fixed term and for a fixed amount. Personal loans are risk based, which means that the individuals credit history will determine the interest rates that will apply to them. If you have a very poor credit history, your rates will be exponentially larger that an individual with fairly small debt.

If you pay off your personal loan early you may be charged a fee but be sure to determine this before you sign the contract. Monthly payments on a personal loan are determined by the full amount of your debt, the agreed term of repayment debt, other banks fees and the interest rate. Your monthly repayment will be large enough to cover all these costs and pay off the full balance of your monthly loan by the end of the loan term. The nice thing is that most credit institutions will allow the individual applying for the personal loan to determine how often they want to pay their installments. This means that it can even be weekly if you feel this will help you settle the debt. Personal loans work in their particular way so that they work for you.