By Namrata Dadwal | ET Bureau | Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 03.42 PM IST
A financial emergency can hit any time—a sudden hospitalisation, a natural calamity or even an unexpected celebration at short notice.
While money pundits say you must have an emergency fund equal to six months’ expenses in place, not everyone follows this rule diligently.
So, where do you get cash instantly to tide over a financial disaster? Don’t despair. There are a few ways you can get money in a pinch, depending on how urgently you want the funds. “The key things that will determine where you get the money from are how urgently you want the funds, the tenure of the loan, the interest and how expensive will it be to source the funds,” says Navin Chandani, Chief Business Development Officer, BankBazaar.com
Before you opt to borrow money, be sure that it is really needed. Even then, borrow as little as possible. Remember, it is a loan and you need to ultimately repay it. If you are unable to do it on time, you could end up in a debt trap.
1. BORROW FROM YOUR EMPLOYER
Interest rate : 5-8% ( Could also be interest-free.)
“If you need funds ASAP, consider your workplace first. Many companies extend an advance on salaries,” says financial trainer P.V. Subramanyam. The funds could be equivalent to 1-6 month’s takehome pay and will be deducted from the salary over 3-24 months.
Upside : The loan can be custom-ised to your needs, and you will be able to get the money within three days.
Downside : The loan will be taxable as part of your salary. It will be exempt only if the funds are used for certain medical treatments or if the amount is less than Rs 20,000.
2. CASH WITHDRAWAL ON A CREDIT CARD
Interest rate : 2-3.5 % a month
A credit card can be used to withdraw money from an ATM, the amount being equivalent to 40-80% of your card limit. However, there might be a cap on daily cash withdrawal. Most banks will allow you to over-extend your limit on a caseto-case basis. Be ready to cough up an over-limit fee over and above the usual interest rate on cash advance.
Upside : Instant cash, available anywhere, anytime.
Downside : A transaction fee of 2.5-3%. Interest is levied on the money from the day it is withdrawn until it is fully repaid.
3. TOP-UP LOAN
Interest rate : 9-13%
Already have a home loan? If yes, you can use it to get a top-up loan of up to Rs 50 lakh for a maximum of 20 years or till the balance tenure of your original home. This option works if you have repaid the original home loan for some years as the combined value of the home loan and the top-up cannot exceed 75% of the value of the house.
Upside : You can get a loan quickly, in three days, since the bank has your documents.
Downside : Any default in repayment could cost you big.
4. PERSONAL LOAN
Interest rate 13-24%
One of the quickest options for borrowing money. You can get a loan within 30 minutes to three days, depending on your relationship with the bank. In fact, you might already have a preapproved loan in your name from your bank which will make the process faster.
Upside: Quick disbursement if you borrow from your own bank.
Downside: High interest rate and processing fee of 2-3%. You will also have to pay GST on EMIs. For prepayment, a foreclosure fee of 2.5% of the outstanding amount is charged.
5. LOAN AGAINST PROPERTY
Interest rate 9.5-13%
If you want a large loan and own a house, you could take a loan against property. You can loan Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 crore, depending on the market value of your house. The loan tenure varies between 2 and 15 years. Both residential and commercial properties can be used as collateral. Banks could to lend you up to 65% of the value of your property. However, the house must be insured. Processing fee is 1.5-2% while prepayment charges are 2-3% of the outstanding.
Upside : Quick disbursement, lower interest charges.
Downside : If portfolio value declines, you will have to put in the differential or pledge more funds/shares.
7. LOAN AGAINST GOLD
Interest rate : 10-17% from banks
14-26% from non-banking financial companies
You can get 60% of the value of your gold and can borrow from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25 lakh. The tenure is usually 6 months or 12 months but you can renew the loan at a nominal charge. While you can repay part of the loan whenever you want, gold you have pledged as collateral is released only after you repay the entire loan.
Upside : You can get funds within a day.
Downside : Gold appraisal charges of Rs 250-2,500. If you are unable to repay loan, you will lose the gold.
Rajiv Raj- Founder & Director -Creditvidya.com | MoneyControl.com
If you have reveled and gone overboard with your expenses on your credit card in the holiday season just gone by, it is likely that you find yourself straddled with a hefty outstanding balance. It is akin to a bad hangover you would probably suffer from on New Year’s Day after a great party on the 31st night! But unlike a hangover that can be gotten rid of in a few hours, credit card debt could be far more pressing! Here are some tips for you to consider if you are grappling with a debt pile that looks impossible to handle at the moment.
The happiness of buying goodies and spending on parties you may have attended during Christmas and New Year may have come to naught for you, if you are staring a hefty credit card bill right now. While that is definitely not the best way to begin a new calendar year, the damage is already done. If you are in a state of shock, for you certainly don’t have the money to repay your dues right away, here’s what you could do.
Take stock of the situation:
The first and most important step to take is to acknowledge the problem in hand. If you become a defaulter on your repayment on your credit card, it will impact your Cibil score negatively. While making one late payment may not hit you immediately, but if you get into the cycle of late payments it may be difficult for you to get out of it over a longer period of time (ranging over 60-90 days), which will then shave the points off your Cibil score eventually. To ensure that your Cibil score remains intact, you need to handle your credit card debt pronto. There are several ways to do it such as a balance transfer, converting your debt into an EMI or opting for a cheaper loan to repay your debt. Let’s look into these options in greater detail.
This is a facility that banks offer to people who have a large outstanding balance. In this facility you can transfer the outstanding balance from one credit card to another. You could opt for a fixed duration balance transfer (usually a 3-12 month window) within which you can make the repayment at an interest rate that is lower than what you would have paid on your regular credit card. The rate of interest is usually 9-10% (differs from bank to bank). Some banks also offer a “lifetime duration” option to make the repayment, though the interest rate in this case is much higher (in the range of 12-24%, depending upon the bank). In order to get this facility, you will have to pay a processing fee, which will be around 2% of the outstanding amount you wish to transfer. After the bank verifies your details, they will send you the cheque or the demand draft in favour of your existing credit card that you can use to repay the first card.
Although a balance transfer sounds like a great way to handle credit card debt, and other banks will be more than glad to issue yet another credit card to you, you must take cognizance of the fact that it is only postponing your problem instead of solving it. Your attempt should therefore be to use this facility sparingly. Besides, if you get into the habit of frequent balance transfers, you will end up opening a large number of credit lines. A large number of open credit lines may also impact your Cibil score, albeit marginally, in a negative way.
Converting outstanding balance to EMI:
If you do not want to go through the hassles of balance transfer from one credit card issuer to another you could consider converting your outstanding balance into monthly instalments. Banks may offer a rate of 1.49% to 1.99% per month to their existing customers, but this too may vary from bank to bank. However, the point to be noted here is that if you miss a payment cycle during the EMI repayment, the bank will revert to the regular interest charges and you will find yourself stuck back in the same situation.
Opt for cheaper loans:
Of all the debts you service, the rate of interest you pay on your credit card is the highest at 36-42% per annum if it is not serviced on time, so it makes sense to opt for a cheaper loan to repay this high cost debt as soon as you can. You could therefore consider a personal loan for a period of three years if you are in a position to service it. The interest rate you would pay for it would be in the range of 16-24%.
You could also opt for security backed loans such as a top up loan on your home loan or a gold loan. If you have a good track record in servicing your home loan, you will be eligible for a top up loan which is available at an interest rate of 12%. Similarly, if you have some gold jewelry stashed away in a locker, you could use it to get a gold loan at an interest rate 13-15%.
If you have other investments such as a fixed deposit, you may also opt for a loan against it. Such loans are available at a rate of interest that is one percent higher than what is offered on the investment itself. For instance, if you are earning a rate of interest of 9% on your FD, a loan against it will be available at a rate of 10%. Loans against other investments such as traditional life insurance policies, mutual funds, etc. are also available at similar rates. If you have accumulated a large debt pile, you can also think about liquidating some assets to pay off your credit card debt.
Negotiate for a lower rate of interest
If you feel that none of the above options are feasible for you, pay a visit to the bank and explain your financial situation to them. If you can convince them about your willingness and intention of repaying, chances are, that you can get a low interest rate or a flexible repayment schedule depending upon the bank’s policies. However, do consider the feasibility of the other options discussed above, before you think of doing this.
Cash is your best friend:
Till such time you have paid off your credit card dues, cut down on your expenses and live on cash. It’s a good idea to lock away your credit card till all the debt has been cleared on it. You will need to be patient as you atone for reckless financial behaviour, but this will probably serve as a lesson for a lifetime for you. Once you are in the pink of your financial health once again, you will feel good about your frugality.
A credit card debt pile can indeed be intimidating, so do be careful and responsible while using it in the first place. However, if things have gotten out of hand already, the above mentioned hacks can be used to get things back to normal. Once things are back in order, it is also recommended that you pull out your Cibil report. This is to ensure that your efforts to repay your debt are reflecting on your Cibil report and your Cibil score is in order.
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