There are many debt myths today that stop people from getting the best out of loans. It’s important to discover what is true about debt to avoid being part of the problem. The 1st step to getting the best out of debt is debunking the most common myths. Below are the top 5 debt myths debunked.
1. Debt is bad
There is this general notion globally that debt is bad so, it must be avoided. This is far from the truth. Many people have been led to think debt is bad because of the consequences faced by people who are unable to service debt. Debt isn’t bad if you can meet your repayment obligations. If you can take and repay a payday loan in time, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, debt is a good thing in such an instance because you get access to money for taking care of emergency expenses. Debt is also useful when you have a solid plan. You shouldn’t take a loan just because it is available to you. Have a good reason first as well as a solid plan for repaying the loan. You should also understand the type of debt you are taking. Many people don’t pay attention to the terms and conditions of loans, so they end up branding loans negatively. Debt is good as long as you have good reasons for taking up debt and a solid repayment plan.
2. Debt is for the poor
People also associate debt with the poor although many rich people have made a fortune because of taking up debt. Loans are for everyone regardless of your social class. The only difference is the type of loans the rich take. Most rich people take up long term loans for investment purposes. The poor tend to take short term loans for subsistence purposes. You can take a payday loan or any other type of short-term loan to cater for unexpected expenses. So, applying for a loan doesn’t mean you are poor. In fact, your chances of succeeding using your own savings are very slim. Everyone, including the rich, take up loans. The difference is in the type of loans they take as well as what they do with the money.
3. Your credit history/score is better off when you avoid debt
Many people also believe that they can keep their credit score and overall history intact by avoiding debt. This is far from the truth. In fact, you hurt your credit history by avoiding debt since there is nothing to report about. As the name suggests, credit reports record your credit history. If you don’t take up loans, such as credit card debt, payday loans etc., your credit report won’t have any entries. A person’s credit score improves when they show they are capable of meeting their debt obligations. This simply means you have to take up debt. Otherwise, your credit score won’t change for the better.
4. Debt terms and conditions are set in stone
Most people are also of the notion that debt terms and conditions can’t change. This is far from the truth. Lending institutions are usually flexible. However, you have to put in work to get better terms. For instance, you need to be a regular customer to be able to negotiate for better terms. You also require a good credit score and solid assets. Being knowledgeable also helps. Your chances of getting the best possible debt terms and conditions are slim if you have basic borrower information. You need to invest in financial education to be able to negotiate on the next level. Most people believe loan terms and conditions don’t change because they don’t push their lenders hard enough. Lenders also tend to be less flexible on short term loans. Considering most people take short term loans, it’s easy to understand why people believe this myth.
5. Debt settlement is unethical
Lenders love portraying debt settlement as an unethical practice that portrays lack of character. This isn’t the case. Of course, there are people who take up loans and use them irresponsibly. However, most of the people who turn to debt resettlement do so because of circumstances beyond their control such as unemployment, emergency bills, family problems, etc. For this reason, there is no problem with seeking this alternative when you don’t have any other option.
There’s a lot of misinformation surrounding debt today. To get the best out of loans, you need to understand the myths surrounding debt. Although there are countless myths about debt, the above myths offer valuable basic information.
Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.