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If you think a high-interest unsecured loan is your only option…

Mark Fletcher
July 29th, 2019 · No Comments

I was talking with a small business retailer yesterday who had taken out an unsecured loan with one of the relatively new FinTech companies. The loan came at a repayment cost of $275.00 a day, fixed, for eighteen months, with an interest cost of 19%, charged upfront on the loan.

The retailer I was speaking with had encountered an unexpected challenge and needed to pause the loan for two weeks. The proposal put to them was to replace the old loan with a new loan at a higher cost. They felt it was unfair. Checking the terms an conditions, it is what they had agreed to.

No matter how tough things may seem, how bleak the future may look for your business, how much pressure is on you to settle debts, taking out a high interest unsecured loan through one of the many new FinTech companies is most likely not the answer. These loans come at a high interest cost, interest you cannot avoid regardless of whether you pay then loan off early. Negotiating a variation to the terms usually comes at a higher cost.

If you think this type of unsecured high-risk funding is the only option, pause and have someone else look at your situation. You need to determine if you are trading while insolvent.

For balance, I have seen people, reluctantly take out this type of loan and pay it off and keep trading. It was tough but they did it.


Category: Ethics · Newsagency management · Social responsibility

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