How Do Banks Make Money on Credit Cards?

You do not pay any interest during the interest-free period on the credit card. But the bank cannot afford to lend you money for free. The bank must be compensated — two major ways and a few minor ways. High Interest on Unpaid Amount First, when you do not pay your bill on time, the… Continue Reading

Whom Does the Home Loan Rate Hikes Hurt More?

An interest rate hike hurts all borrowers. For the same service (loan), you must pay more every month. Or pay the same amount but for a longer period. Neither is a desirable outcome for a borrower. And yes, the rate hikes hurt the borrower running a tight budget a bit more. In such cases, the… Continue Reading

How to Structure a Home Loan?

The loan amount is already decided. You do not control the interest rate. The only aspects where you have discretion are: Loan Tenure Pre-EMI or Full EMI Regular home loan scheme OR Home-saver loans (such as SBI Maxgain) #1 Choosing the Loan Tenure We have this tendency to close the home loans as soon as… Continue Reading

Where to Find Money for Home Loan Prepayment?

A few weeks back, I wrote about the impact of RBI repo rate hikes on your home loans EMIs. RBI Repo rate hikes will quickly translate to longer loan tenures or higher EMIs for the borrowers, especially if your loan is linked to an external benchmark. If there is scope to increase the loan tenure… Continue Reading

How Can a No-Cost EMI Become Expensive?

Yes, that’s possible and it is all mathematics. In this post, let’s understand how this can happen. Before we go there, let’s do a quick recap of how No-cost EMIs work. How No-Cost EMIs Work You purchase an item worth Rs X. You opt for the No-cost EMI option (let’s say 6 months) on the… Continue Reading

Loan Tenure: Keep it Long or Short?

Want to take out a home loan? What should be the loan tenure? 15 years, 20 years, or 25 years. Similarly, what loan tenure would you choose for your personal loan? 18 months, 36 months, or 60 months? OR What is the ideal tenure for a car loan? As always with personal finance, there is… Continue Reading

Uni Pay 1/3 Card: Spend Now and Repay over 3 Months

There is a new credit product in town. UNI Pay 1/3 card allows you to repay the purchase amount in 3 monthly installments at no extra cost. It has been launched in partnership with RBL bank, State Bank of Mauritius and LiquiLoans (P2P-NBFC). For instance, you purchase an item worth Rs 30,000 using this card.… Continue Reading