Advantages of personal loans to raise funds

By: Bank of Baroda
Fri Nov 1, 2019
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There are times in everyone’s life when there is a sudden need for money. The immediate choice is generally to use a credit card or to borrow money from friends or family members.

With net-banking now in place and more lenders chasing fewer borrowers, raising money through other sources is now possible at a faster pace.

Gold loans are normally a preferred and cheaper source of the loan, where banks and gold loan companies process the papers fast to give the borrowers the money he or she needs. However, personal loan are now being offered at a faster speed too. There are lenders who advertise that they will disburse the loan within a day. 

Under such circumstances, it is always better to go in for a personal loan rather than using your credit card to meet any emergency need. Firstly, because the personal loan is far cheaper than any credit card loan and secondly because the personal loan can be of a bigger size than what the credit card can offer.

But before one takes a personal loan it is important to have a good CIBIL score. With a CIBIL score of over 750, a person can be choosey in picking up the personal loan with the lowest interest rates. A person with a lower score may still get a personal loan but the interest rates may be higher.

The biggest advantage of a personal loan from the point of view of the borrower is that it is an unsecured loan. The borrower need not pledge or mortgage any of his assets to raise funds.

For an entrepreneur, a personal loan can act as a stop-gap arrangement till he is able to raise money from other sources to meet his urgent business requirements.

Like any loans, personal loans need to be repaid periodically in equated monthly installments (EMI). These loans can run from a short tenure of one year to a four-years loan. These days there are lenders who offer personal loans for a period of seven years also.

While taking a personal loan is easy, it should be taken only in case of emergency. Personal loans, being unsecured are costly. It would be foolish to buy an asset with a personal loan, especially when there are financial products available these days to buy a mobile or any other household equipment.

One should avoid using personal loans to repay loans that are cheaper in cost. But they can be used to repay higher cost loans like credit card bills or something similar.

If one is using personal loan to meet the operating expenses of the house then he or she is falling in a debt trap. One loan will lead to another and before the person understands it, he would have fallen in a debt trap. Rather than using the personal loan as a saviour to come out of the debt trap the person would have fallen in it using personal loans. Personal loans should be used only for intermittent emergencies.

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