Credit Card Debt – The Pro’s
Credit Card Debt affects anyone who owns a card, Once you use the Credit card your account obtains a balance you need to payback. A credit card’s ability to spread the expense of a transaction is one of its main benefits. Goods or services may be bought and not paid for immediately. Which can further increase the financial stability of a customer! This is in contrast to a debit card, where the funds must be in the bank account of a person for a transaction to take place.
Credit cards also provide better security for customers than other payment types. If the products or services cost more than £100. Paying on a credit card for that portion of the transaction means it is protected by Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. This law specifies that a credit card company shall be jointly responsible with a merchant in the event of a payment issue. Examples of this may be defective goods or failure to produce a service as defined.
Credit Card Debt – The Cons
Because credit cards are a form of debt, they can pose risks unless effectively managed. If the balance is not fully repaid each month, interest charges shall be levied. Costs of interest can be much higher than other forms of debt such as a mortgage or personal loans. That may mean that repaying the original balance becomes more difficult as interest costs increase over time.
In some scenarios, credit cards are also of limited usefulness, for example, if an individual requires cash. Interest on cash withdrawals is usually charged using a credit card. There may also be a fee payable on using a credit card cash machine.
Some credit cards also charge extra fees for overseas use. A non-sterling transaction fee is common throughout the credit card industry and applies to any payment other than sterling in a currency. Travel credit cards often have lower international usage fees but may have high-interest rates relative to non-travel credit cards.
How do people get in debt with Credit Cards?
How much of your money is yours and how much you are contributing against your debt has a lot to do with how your debt first got there. We accumulate debt for many reasons. Such as paying for unexpected crises or unemployment. But most often the debt is a product of poor spending habits. Since spending money is costing you money until you spend cash.
Struggling to pay back your debt? We can help!
IF you are struggling to pay back debts to any creditors FindaDebtExpert can help! With our IVA debt solutions, we can help you pay you debts back at an affordable rate. Whilst in an IVA you will be writing a percentage of your debt off. The amount you write off will depend on your situation.
The Pros of an IVA
- Once your IVA is agreed by all creditors it is officially a legally binding agreement.
- You’ll come to an agreement with your creditors about what you can afford to pay each month, meaning you have got a single monthly payment – and it may even be a one-off payment.
- Not only will you be debt-free within 60 days, but an IVA can take as little as 4 weeks to set up.
- No upfront fees with Milton & Stirling Ltd allows you to save money and you’ll enjoy a faster set-up time.
- Your monthly payment will always be within your monthly budget.
- Flexibility. An IVA is a fixed agreement – but if things change out-with your control you can come to a new agreement with Milton & Stirling Ltd and your creditors.
- Sticking to the terms of an agreement with your creditors means they can never take legal action against you – you’re protected from court proceedings.
- An IVA is a private agreement between yourself and your creditors meaning there’ll never be publicity in the newspapers or on social media – unlike bankruptcy.
- Speaking of bankruptcy – an IVA is acceptable in some jobs, whereas with bankruptcy is not.
- An IVA could safeguard your property.
- You WON’T be blacklisted forever. Simply complete the arrangement you have in place with your creditors and can borrow money again. With Milton & Stirling Ltd you can count on your credit rating to improve in time.
The Cons of an IVA
- An IVA WILL affect your credit rating, and usually, for up to a year after the 60-day completion.
- Your monthly payments need to be at least £80 per month – and you will only qualify if your total unsecured debt is more than £6,000.
- If you don’t stay on top of your monthly repayments – you could be bankrupted.
- Your job or career prospects could be at risk as an IVA is a type of insolvency.
- You may have to remortgage your house – if you’re successful at re-mortgaging you may still have higher interest rates to pay.
- If your IVA is denied, creditors may backdate interest on your debts.
- Really high-value assets may have to be downgraded (such as a second home or a luxury car).
- As an IVA is a form of insolvency it is listed on the Insolvency Service website – which can be accessed by anyone.
- Not all debts can be included in an IVA, such as fines imposed by the court.
If you think an IVA is for you contact us today on our live chat located on our home page. You can contact us during office hours on 0161 694 2650. (office hours 09:00 – 20:00 Monday – Thursday, 09:00 – 17:00 Fridays) OR Email us to get started – firstname.lastname@example.org