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(289)University Life: a course in personal finance.

 

Recent findings from the Educational Policy Institute indicated that the UK is the third most expensive place in the world to go to university. Combine this with figures from the Prudential, showing that a third of university students have considered abandoning their studies due to the financial strain they have encountered, and it is not surprising that many prospective students are finding the need to seriously think through the merits of going to University.

Whilst it is true that there are currently loans available from both the government and from banks that are designed to see students through their period of studies, for many this will mean emerging into their adult life with mountains of debt. Barclays Bank has stated it believes that once top-up fees are introduced it will cost about £33,000 to put a child through university in England and Wales. At a time when the number of students has greatly increased and the number of high paid graduate careers appears to have diminished, students now have to factor in the cost of living when making the important decision of where to study. In an article by the Scotland On Sunday (http://business.scotsman.com/archive.cfm?id=644512009 ), the experiences of a university student from Glasgow show that the question of finance already weighs heavy for some students in their choices of where, or even if, they can study. Moving out of the parental home to take full advantage of university life may become less of an option for students as costs increase and financial assistance decreases.

The president of the National Union of Students in Scotland, Melanie Ward, said: "I think most students underestimate the amount of debt they will leave university with, which will be above £13,000."

With graduates needing to earn £22,000 a year in order to pay off anything more than just the interest on their student loans, many people are in their 30s or even 40s before their debt is fully cleared.

Graduates are also finding that they have to make tough decisions as soon as they complete their courses. With banks, building societies, credit card companies, and other private sector lenders requiring the sums borrowed to be repaid. The immediate question of, “Do I build on the knowledge, work experience and internships, that I've had over the last few years and pursue my dream career, or does the chasing of the perfect job I’ve been working towards for years, have to take second place to getting back into the black?”, is now an all too intrusive reality for many.

Some students are finding it so difficult to make ends meet that they are trying to seek alternative means of resolving their debt. Checkmyfile.com ( http://www.checkmyfile.com/) has shown that that the number of students declaring themselves bankrupt tripled in 2009. Another method of reducing graduate debt is getting the loans written off through undergraduate bursary programmes by the military or teacher training, in return for agreeing to a placement period following graduation. There are however some potentially serious drawbacks to both types of schemes. These include possible damage to future career prospects or compulsory placement period in a career which the graduate does not want to proceed with long-term.

All is not doom and gloom however, with university authorities and the Students’ Union offering advice at college, and after graduation. Public sector organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau ( http://www.cas.org.uk/ )can provide advice if real difficulties occur. Speaking directly to your lenders can often resolve problems. Switching between loans and credit cards is a good way to help reduce interest payments. Financial websites like Moneynet ( http://www.moneynet.co.uk ) can provide a useful source of information by enabling students and graduates to see which loan or credit card provider is currently offering the best deal and 0% introductory rate.

It seems budgeting and hard decisions are required by all potential students these days, with a degree in personal finance a desirable pre-requisite before starting actual studies.



About the Author
Richard works in Edinburgh for a media company, occasionally writing for the personal finance blog Cashzilla, and drinking too much coffee.

Written by: Richard Green


(290)Unsecured Business Loans - Earn finance without a clause of collateral

 

Running a business is a risky task, filled with uncertainty. Despite of cautions taken by entrepreneurs, crisis may occur anytime. Entrepreneurs may need urgent cash at that time. How can they get that instant money? Unsecured business loans help them meet their urgent cash needs.

Unsecured business loan is one of the most popular and easiest ways to get the funds you need to start up or to expand the business. A borrower can use an unsecured business loan for a variety of commercial purposes, ranging from real estate acquisition and refinance to business acquisition and working capital.

The most significant feature of an Unsecured business loans from the point of view of a borrower is that it is not secured by a collateral or property of the borrower. A borrower is on the safer side, as his property is not at risk. With an unsecured business loan, a borrower can borrow any amount ranging from £30,000 to £250,000. The repayment period of the loan can vary from 1 to 20 years depending on the amount of loan the borrower wants, and his or her credit history. The loan provider will be interested in the creditworthiness of the borrower because of absence of security. The lender can rely on the credit score and business plan of the borrower for lending purposes.

Unsecured business loan carries higher rate of interest because the loan is not secured against any collateral of the borrower. If a borrower knows about his credit score, he or she can use this knowledge to get good rates. Unsecured business loan borrowers can get their credit report from any of the credit rating agencies namely Equifax, Experian or Transunion. FICO score reflects credit worthiness of the borrower. FICO score ranges from 365 to 850. The score evaluates a borrower's overall credit balances, credit history, and public records such as judgments. Generally, a credit score of 680 and above is considered a good score. With such a credit score, a borrower can expect a positive response from the lender. People with bad credit history or poor credit score can also apply for an unsecured business loan but they need to work hard on their business plan, to make it more impressive.

UK finance market present a large number of unsecured business loan options to borrowers. Unsecured business loan providers, such as banks, financial institutions and online lenders, offer various loan packages, each with particular set of terms and conditions.

A borrower can either take a loan at fixed or variable rate of interest. Fixed interest rate denotes that interest rate remains constant throughout the loan period, while a variable interest rate implies that the interest rate will vary with the change in the market interest rate.

The benefit of taking unsecured business loan is that it facilitates borrowers with the option of flexible monthly payments, depending on the lender's policy. An entrepreneur may earn huge profits one month and big losses next month. Thus, there is uncertainty of returns in business. The facility of flexible repayment provides entrepreneur with the flexibility to pay more when he earns good profits and pay less or do not pay any payment if he suffers loss during some period.

A borrower can increase his chances of getting unsecured business loans by refining one's business plan. Borrowers are required to make a business plan if they want loan to start-up or expand the business, which involves huge investment. One should always give industry-specific details in the business plan, so that the lender is able to know in-depth about the business you want to start or how your present business is performing and what market trends affect it. In addition, talk about your management team and their expertise in several fields. Focus on the quality of your business plan, for this is one of the primary documents that lenders use to judge the stability and future of your business. A borrower's business plan can help in building trust and confidence in the mind of the lender. Consequently, it ensures that borrowers will make monthly payments on time.

Unsecured business loan are specifically designed to meet diverse needs of UK residents. Borrowers are not required to put their property as a security against the loan with the lender. A borrower can enjoy the benefits of flexible monthly payments option offered by unsecured business loan lender.


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(291)Unsecured Business Loans - Fuel your business with a low cost finance

 

Every business has a vision and a mission to follow. But, to achieve these, entrepreneurs need to have leadership expertise and adequate capital to finance the business. You may have the vision to reach the new heights in the world of business, but lack of funds may be stopping you from using your skills. You need not feel disheartened, unsecured business loans can provide you with the funds you need for making a mark for yourself as a "business tycoon". Businesses vary on the basis of size. A business could be of small, medium and big size depending on the capital invested and the scale on which business operate. Businesses are also categorized on the basis of ownership or on the way they are managed such as sole proprietorship, partnership and corporations. An individual requires capital to start up or expand the business irrespective of the size of the business. Unsecure d business loans can work as a great help in such cases.


Unsecured business loans are designed specifically for UK businesspersons to finance their need for capital to start up or expand a business. Unsecured business loan offers flexibility to a borrower; he can use the loan for any purpose. Purpose of borrowing an unsecured business loan may vary from person to person. The amount borrowed with an unsecured business loan can be used for the commencement of business, expansion purpose, to finance the asset or equipment purchase and refinance or to restructure finances. Some entrepreneurs use the loan proceeds as a working capital. It allows a borrower to preserve his cash and working capital.

The best thing about an unsecured business loan is that it does not require a borrower to put a security against the loan. Thus, the borrower's property is not under any risk of repossession. Unsecured business loans are available for amounts ranging form £15,000 to £ 250,000. The repayment period of the loan vary from 1 to 20 years depending on the amount of loan a borrower wants and his or her credit history. This loan is best suited for short term and small cash needs.

A borrower by applying for an unsecured business loan gets the following benefits:-

o Retention of the Ownership - An entrepreneur can retain the current ownership in his company instead of raising funds by selling interest in his company to an outsider. o Cash Flow management- Unsecured business loan provides borrower an access to capital with minimal up-front payments and the flexibility to design a loan repayment schedule suitable to your finances. o Tax Advantage- Interest on the loan is tax deductible. Thus, can help in saving hard earned money of the borrower. Each loan requires a borrower to pay interest on the amount borrowed. Unsecured business loan are usually provided at higher rate of interest as no collateral is put against the loan. You can either choose to pay a fixed interest rate or variable interest rate on the amount borrowed. In a fixed rate business loan, the interest rate applied to the outstanding principal remains constant for an agreed period that may be the loan term. Variable interest rate imply that rate of interest on the loan is not constant and fluctuates to common standard rate. You need to understand the fact that the lender is entitled only to the interest on its loan. You are not liable to pay any percentage of the profits or a share in the company that an investor would expect.

A good credit history is always useful while applying for a loan. In case of an unsecured business loan, absence of collateral makes it necessary for a lender to recognize or identify the credit worthiness of the borrower to avoid any default by the borrower in the future. Higher the credit score, higher is the possibility of getting a cheap and fast loan, so work on your credit score and you will see it doing wonders for you.

Though, there are various lenders in the finance market. Online lenders can help you overcome all the shortcomings that you must have faced while borrowing from the traditional lenders. Apply for an online unsecured business loan that will save your time and money. You just need to fill up a small application form online which hardly takes few minutes and the lender will get back to you with the appropriate loan option. If you are looking for the best loan, then don't relax. Collect loan quotes from various lenders and compare them, I assure you will definitely end up with the best deal. Profit maximization is the main objective behind every business. But, to accomplish it, requires a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the entrepreneur matched with adequate capital investment. Unsecured business loan can provide with the funds for your business, follow your intuition and work with dedication. And one day you will be known among the top businessman of the world.

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(292)Urban Hyena Finance Ravages Opposition

 

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