Benefits of Personal Loans

Wed, 19 Sep 2012

Most of you have credit cards and enjoy this convenience when making everyday purchases. However, there are a couple of drawbacks: 1) a variable interest rate and 2) a the length of time it will take to pay off the balance if you decide to make just the minimum payment. If you are planning to buy a big-ticket item, make home improvements, or want to consolidate your credit card debt, there’s a good alternative: a personal loan.  


How It Works

Personal loans, like credit cards, are generally unsecured so there's no collateral required for approval, such as a house or car. Furthermore, the loans can be used for almost any legal purpose the borrower wants. But that’s where the similarities end. With a personal loan, a consumer borrows a set amount of money for a specified period of time with an interest rate and monthly payment that doesn’t change. For example, if you wish to spend $5,000 on home improvements and would like to pay it off in three years your monthly payment will be fixed at $166.07, presuming an annual interest rate of 12%. The interest rate you pay is mostly based on your credit profile, but may also be affected by other factors such as the loan amount and whether you have a checking or savings account with the lender. Setting up automatic payments can sometimes lower your interest rate.  


Key Benefits

There are two key benefits of a personal loan:  

1. A Fixed Monthly Payment

Your interest rate never changes and, for that reason, your monthly payment stays the same. If you are worried about your credit card interest rate rising before you can pay off the balance, you have a legitimate concern. Interest rates are at historic lows and will certainly increase once the economy swings into a stronger recovery. Further, a fixed payment adds stability to your monthly household budget.  

2. A Fixed Loan Term

In the above example, the borrower budgets for $166.07 each month and pays off the loan in exactly 36 months. According to the Federal Reserve’s Credit Card Repayment Calculator[1]This is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details., the same $5,000 on credit card with a 12% annual interest rate could take you 19 years to pay off should you only make the minimum monthly payment. And when you are faced with competing financial priorities, it can be challenging to make more than the minimum payments to pay off your credit cards.  


One more benefit to consider: a personal loan may actually help your FICO score. According to Understanding Your FICO ScoreThis is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details.,at MyFICO®, 10% of your FICO score is based on having various types of credit and how well you manage the different types.  


If you are considering an alternative way to borrow money, it may be time to consider a personal loan from Webster Bank! Have you ever taken out a personal loan? If so, how did it help you with your personal money management?

[1] For this estimate, the Federal Reserve calculator assumes that your minimum payment is 2% of your current balance each month or $20, whichever is greater.  Your credit card issuer may calculate your minimum payment differently.

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4 comment(s).

October 17, 2012 at 6:55 am
My daughter has two very high interest student loans. Her credit won't let her do anything, but I can "refinance" it with me getting the loan using my credit. But is it still a "student" loan that she can deduct. She is making the payments and her name will be also on the loan (ironically, she will co-sign for me). This seems to be some gray area once the loan gets moved around. Just want to make sure the "chain of custody" still makes the new loan interest tax deductable. Hope this made sense and thanks for your help.
anna conceicao
October 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm
hi,my husband wanted to make a 15,000.00 loan, so was wondering if you could help us and e-mail me all the info i need to do so if possible, here is my house phone number also, [401-xxx-xxxx please let me we desperately need this loan.Thank you, anna (Webster has deleted your phone number to protect your privacy - we will contact you via email)
October 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Webster Bank has a variety of financing options that may meet your borrowing needs. If you would like to learn more about our available products we'd be happy to help, please give us a call at 800.995.9995 or visit a Webster Bank branch office to speak with one of our associates. However before you consider refinancing your daughter’s student loans into any new loan, please consult with your tax advisor on whether the interest payments of the new loan will still be tax-deductible.
October 24, 2012 at 10:38 am
Hi Anna, We will email you information. Thanks for reaching out!