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Should I Use My Loans To Invest

Jan 7, 2008
A lot of borrowers ask what they can use loan proceeds for. When taking out a loan, some people get more money than they actually need. Some borrowers take out a loan purposely without any desire to use the loan for its intended purpose.

Many people want to invest the money and earn more than the interest rate they are paying for the loan.

When you borrow money, the lender usually wants to restrict how the funds are used. Loan interest rates typically take into account the risk that the lender expects to take.

For example, a mortgage is used to purchase a home, which the lender can take possession of and sell if you default on your payments. Mortgage money investments that go sour take the collateral supporting the loan, and the house down with them.

This has become such a problem for so many home owners that the NASA (the National Association of Securities Dealers), the world's largest private-sector securities regulator, is so concerned with the practice that it is taking "enforcement actions" against brokerage firms that recommend this source of funds for consumers.

However, if you still want to try to invest money from your home you need to look at the specifics on both sides of the transfer. For example, if the interest rate on your home loan is four percent, you will want to make sure the investment you are moving into promises a return that is at least a couple of points higher.

If you have your eye on growth stocks, remember that growth stocks offer no guarantee of growth. Government-insured programs, while not offering the same potential for returns, might be a safer bet.

Now let's look at student loans which are presumably used for education. The government subsidized some student-loan interest because it is a good investment in the country. Furthermore, banks are willing to offer attractive student loans because statistics show that college educated adults will more likely have the income for repayment.

If your contract agreement states that you must use the funds for a certain purpose, you risk violating the contract. If you fail to keep your end of the bargain, the lender may want to end the agreement and take the money back and you will end up without an "enforceable contract".

And this might put you in a very negative and panic situation. Getting the money back quickly and without cost may be a challenge.

Technically, using your loan money for 'alternative' purposes may not be illegal. There is a possible risk that your lender will take legal action against you if they find out that you have used the money in a different way than you promised.
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