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Decoding Financial Gobbledygook

Aug 18, 2007
Thank heavens for the multiplicity of websites on loans of all kinds. They have made life so much easier for all those lesser mortals who find it so tough to understand (so-called) simple concepts like redemption penalties, collateral, secured homeowner loans, unsecured loans, and so on.

I no longer have to look to friends in the finance field to advise me on what loans to take and what not to. The world being driven by the net these days, everybody has to learn to think for themselves. It was while trying to sift through the financial jargon that passes for English on the net that I found the answers to many of my queries. Of course, I had to look through almost a dozen different websites and spend a couple of hours before finally reaching a complete understanding of the words that loan companies try to impress us with.

For starters, I managed to find the difference between secured homeowner loans and unsecured loans. Now, secured loans of any kind are usually secured against some asset. Most commonly, this asset is a home. On the other hand, unsecured loans need no such security, which is one reason why the time taken to get hold of an unsecured loan is so much less. After all, you could be giving the name of any property anywhere in the world and claiming that it is your own.

Obviously, that is not going to work. So, you have to provide a zillion plus documents to prove to the loan providers, that the property is your own. A lot of homeowners resort to secured homeowner loans because, in spite of the paperwork required, such loans are fairly easy to acquire.

I also finally understood what was meant by the term "collateral" (also a Tom Cruise movie). "Collateral" basically is the term used to mean "security". So the house that secures the loan for you, works as your collateral. In case you are unable to repay the loan on time, it will be time to bid farewell to your home.

As regards an unsecured loan, it becomes easier to get one if you have a good credit history. People who do not have a history of good credit are usually treated like prodigal sons. They are made to pay higher rates of interest, getting loans is that much more difficult, and in general, even getting a loan is a task and a half. But now that you have understood some of the concepts, maybe getting that loan will become a little easier.
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