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What is loan consolidation?
Loan Consolidation is a process by which you take all your existing credit agreements and roll them into one loan. In order to reduce the total monthly payment, consumers often stretch it out over the longest period possible, typically 5 years or 60months.
One should take not of the fact that one is usually therefore swopping certain existing credit facilities like Credit Cards and overdrafts for a higher interest rate loan. Consolidation loans are therefore usually granted after the maximum credit facilities have been taken up, with affordability being the most common factor for declines. It is also very important to remember that the Credit Facilities, like credit cards and overdrafts, aren’t automatically closed when one transfers the payment received from the consolidation loan. Fees and account charges can easily keep the account active.
It is imperative that the consumer closes any accounts they are not using to avoid unnecessary debits. Download our eBook which contains valuable information on credit score.
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We currently do talks around financial wellness to the staff of financial institutions like ABSA and Nedbank, but also do employee financial wellness workplace talks at many other companies like Shell, Freddy Hirsch, Woolworths and Multichoice.
The reason for this is usually pretty clear to HR Payroll departments who often have also felt the debt burden of employees in the sense that these employees sometimes borrow money from fellow workers creating friction in the workplace.
They might also try to take on extra jobs on weekends or after hours in an attempt to make ends meet, and therefore come to work tired. At some companies’ employees try to cash in their pensions to pay off unsecured debt, or borrow against it, thereby negating the good advantage the company had in the marketplace by offering the pension in the first place. When creditors are ignored, it sometimes even leads to garnishee orders that impacts on the payroll department. Many companies in Financial services cannot employ staff with impaired credit records as staff cannot then retain things like FAIS accreditation which is one of the main reasons ABSA and Nedbank invite us to speak so regularly.
Minimum and Maximum period for repayment
Personal loans typically have a repayment period of between 2 and 5 years. This calculation is based on a repayment period of 5 years (60 months). Credit Life Insurance has been added in this calculation. Monthly account fee of R60 (excluding VAT) and an Annual Interest Rate of 28% (or current Bank Repurchase Rate plus 21%). This calculation is a no obligation, free assessment and is intended to provide you with the information you need for comparison purposes only. For shorter timeframes, credit facilities (like Credit Cards and Revolving Loans) are more suitable products to use.