USING PERSONAL LOANS
The prudent, measured and controlled use of debt can play an important role in achieving your financial goals. In fact, it's nearly impossible to live debt-free; most of us don’t have the personal wealth to pay cash for our homes or our children's college educations.
Ideally, experts say, your total monthly long-term debt payments, including your mortgage and credit cards, should not exceed 36% of your gross monthly income. That's one metric mortgage bankers consider when assessing the creditworthiness of a potential borrower.
Debt, when not properly managed, can cause serious challenges, damaging long-term financial goals and even causing bankruptcy. But avoiding debt at any cost is not smart either if it means depleting your emergency cash reserves. The challenge is learning how to ascertain what is “good debt” and what is “bad debt” while managing your financing accordingly.
Sometimes, the decision to borrow relates to making your money work harder. For example, if interest rates are low, compare what you'll spend in interest on a loan versus what your money could earn if it were invested. If you think you can get a higher return from investing your cash than what you'll pay in interest on a loan, borrowing a small amount at a low rate may make sense.
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