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Loan management tips

Managing loans can often be difficult and the extra pressure it places on your income and outgoing expenditures can turn managing your bank statements into a balancing act.

In these difficult economic times, it can sometimes be a struggle to keep finances in check and this is why you need to consider the loan arrangements you have very carefully. When obtaining a loan or any form of credit it is important that you take numerous factors into consideration as a thorough knowledge of the product will make it far easier to manage.

Choosing your lender
It is important to choose a creditor or lender whom is flexible in terms of their loan options and, with the likes of a Clydesdale Bank loan, you will be able to take the most suitable loan for your situation. Make sure you review your financial situation as objectively as possible before submitting an application and never apply for a loan if you feel you might struggle with the repayment schedule or amount.

Secured or unsecured
When choosing a loan, the first choice you make will usually be between a secured and unsecured loan. In short, secured loans use collateral as protection whilst unsecured loans do not.

Secured loans are for specific purposes. A car loan is strictly for buying a car and the purchased vehicle is then used as collateral for the loan. If you fail to meet repayments, the car can be sold off by the bank to cover the debt.

As the name implies an unsecured debt has no collateral. Interest and repayments will vary depending on your financial history and the lender but may be slightly higher than a secured loan to represent the higher level of risk involved. However, plenty of lenders offer competitive rates and the loans are less restrictive than secured loans – with borrowers able to spend the money on whatever they choose.

Budgeting
When paying a loan back, you need to be wise with your expenditure. Budgeting can be an effective way of ensuring you meet repayments and if you are able to make early repayments then you could see yourself rewarded by the lender.

To budget effectively, you need to address any areas where expenditure can be reduced. This can involve reducing common bills or limiting the amount of shopping you complete.

By reducing the amount of money you spend, you're creating a larger pool of saved money. This can then be used to help make repayments whilst simultaneously improving your financial situation.

Difficult repayments
If, for whatever reason, you fail to meet your repayments, you should talk to your bank or creditor at the first opportunity. Most lenders appreciate that your financial situation can change without warning and will accommodate any changes you experience as best as they can.

This means they may agree a new schedule with you or set up a smaller repayment plan, allowing you to repay the loan in a way which suits your circumstances.
 

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