If you answered ‘borrowing money’, then, at that point go to the front of the class because you are clearly a sharp understudy and a resident of the world. Not at all like those days when borrowing money was tough, today, everyone wants to loan you money. Banks, finance companies, credit cards, cooperatives, pawn shops – they all want to loan you money. So they send in pamphlets, flyers, letters, messages and even pre-approved loans with attached checks to you. All you need to do is say ‘yes’, sign the form and the money will be in your bank account in the blink of an eye.
To such an extent that I think the only qualification that one needs to borrow money today is to have a heart beat! Indeed, even individuals with bad credit report or are in the ‘black-list’ can in any case borrow money. Simply sign on to the sites of some cooperatives, and you will see that they gladly display that ‘individuals in the blacklist can apply.’ so, if you are alive, then, at that point you can borrow!
So again, there are no shortages with regards to individuals offering you money.
In any case, would it be a good idea for you to take up the offer because it is directly in front of you? Would it be a good idea for you to grab this is because it is there? After all, it is fast, easy and convenient. And in particular, it is m-o-n-e-y.
Now while there are loads of fun things you can do with the money, being someone who wants to create a better financial life (for what other reason would you read this magazine?), the answer may be no. Initially, you are not going to borrow the money just so you can blow it on some gadgets, trinkets or toys. (The individuals who plan to do so ought to read Stuff magazine instead!)
You are going to borrow only when you can generate more money with it and see here. All in all, you borrow only when the return from the investment you are going to make is higher than the interest charged for the loan. For example, the return is 10% and the interest is 6%.
Clearly, you would not do so when the situation is the opposite way around, for example at the point when the return from the investment is lower than the interest charged for the loan. If you say that you cannot find an investment that gives a better yield than the interest charged, then, at that point the answer is not to borrow! Wait until you can find one that gives a better yield. I can assure you that there are a lot of wise investments if you look adequately hard.
Obviously, life is not that straight-forward. While the math says that you ought to borrow when the profit from investment is 7.5 percent and the interest is 6.25 percent, what is missing from the equation is the danger involved. Now if both the return and interest are fixed, then, at that point it is anything but an issue, feel free to borrow. In any case, often times, both are not fixed, which means they can go up or down. And this being life, it is the return that always drops and the interest that always rises! This is the reason you ought to only borrow when the return surpasses the interest by at least 5%. For example, if the interest is 6%, the return should be 11% or higher. Thusly, you are building in a safety margin to cater the fluctuations of the rates.