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Understanding the Costs and Fees Associated With Online Personal Loans

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Personal loans are offered by both traditional and online lenders. If you’re looking for a personal loan, understanding the costs and fees associated with it is one way to help determine if the cost of the loan outweighs the benefits.

There can be many benefits to taking out an online personal loan rather than a traditional one, but there could also be some drawbacks as well. Before you borrow money from any company or lender, it’s important that you receive all of your information as well as understand what you’re signing up for in order to make the best decision possible for yourself. The following article will provide information on how much traditional and online personal loans typically cost so that you can know exactly what to expect before you decide to take out a personal loan.

Interest Rates

One of the most common fees associated with a personal loan is the interest rate, which can greatly affect how much money you have to pay back overall. Traditional lenders typically have higher interest rates than online companies as well as those from some smaller local stores. In addition, some traditional lenders may require that borrowers maintain a specific credit score or certain monthly income in order to qualify for their loans.

This can be true of many different types of lending institutions including both banks and other financial businesses such as credit unions and savings and loans associations. If you don’t already have an idea of what your credit score might be, it’s usually a good idea to check out this guide to personal loans ahead of time in order to ensure that you can be approved for a loan before you apply. It helps to know which loan options you will be comfortable with regarding the amount you loan and paying back.

While online lenders may offer lower interest rates for personal loans, they aren’t always guaranteed and could potentially change depending on certain factors such as your credit score or how much you borrow. If your credit score is below average, it’s also possible that you won’t even qualify for an online loan at all as many of them require a minimum credit score in order for borrowers to receive approval. It’s important to consider the possibility of this type of scenario if you need money fast and don’t have very good credit.

Application Fees

Along with the interest rate, you should also be aware of the application fee, which is a fee applied when you first apply for your loan. For example, many traditional lenders will charge borrowers an application fee regardless of whether or not they are approved for a loan in order to cover administrative costs associated with checking their qualifications. Institutions offering installment loans for bad credit may or may not have application fees collected, but an origination fee may be charged.

In addition, unlike mortgage origination fees, which are usually negotiable, it isn’t the case with most personal loans. This doesn’t mean you should avoid getting this loan. Some loans with origination fees have low APRs, which can be advantageous for you, so review your options first by pre-qualifying for multiple loans if possible.

While online lenders usually don’t charge an application fee to borrowers, there are some institutions that do. If you can’t afford to pay upfront costs in addition to your monthly payments throughout the life of your loan, it’s important that you find out what fees are required before choosing where to take out your money from. Some lenders may only require that applicants pay their interest rate but others could require additional expenses such as processing fees and possibly even insurance premiums for covering the loan itself.

Prepayment Penalties

If you need to pay back your personal loan before the standard repayment term is up, you could potentially incur fees if you’re unable to do so beforehand. This fee is known as a prepayment penalty, which some lenders may require borrowers to pay in order to compensate for business expenses that were incurred during the processing or administration of an account. Borrowers would only be responsible for this fee if they are unable to make their regular payments without defaulting on the loan entirely. If an individual exceeds their credit limit on any type of credit card, it may trigger potential penalties such as this one.

There are many different types of lending institutions out there and not all of them will charge prepayment penalties. If you know that you’ll be able to make your payments on time, it’s best to shop around as much as possible before deciding which company to take out your loan from.

Other Fees You Should Know About

Credit Unions or Other Lending Institutions

Although many traditional financial institutions such as credit unions may offer very low rates and fees for borrowers, they aren’t always available for everyone and can potentially have restrictions depending on your location or certain qualifications that must be met. For instance, some credit unions only serve members who meet their organization’s requirements such as having a specific job title or living in a specific area.

Loans with Guarantor

If you apply for a personal loan through a company that requires a guarantor in order to approve your application, be sure to find out what they’ll charge for this service. In some cases, companies may also request additional fees from the co-signer who vouches for another individual’s ability to repay their debts on time.

Stopping Payment on Check Loans

If you took out a loan against your upcoming paycheck, it’s important that you know how much it will cost if you ever need to stop payment on a check before it has been cashed by the lender. Most institutions will require borrowers to pay an amount equivalent to at least one full cycle of interest regardless of whether or not the check was actually deposited.

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Online lenders are beginning to rise in popularity over traditional lending institutions because they typically don’t require borrowers to pay the same fees or interest rates that many brick-and-mortar companies do. Although online loans may come with lower costs, it’s important that you factor in all fees before choosing where to apply for your loan to ensure that the rate you’re offered is fair for your financial situation.

If you feel like you would be more comfortable speaking with someone directly, there are also many different places you can go in order to apply for a personal loan in person. Even if you’re certain an online lender will approve your application, it never hurts to check out what other options are available so you can compare costs and determine which one would be the best solution to meet your needs.

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Academy Press, NGX Group Emerge Week’s Worst-Performing Stocks

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By Dipo Olowookere

Investors offloaded shares of Academy Press, Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group and others last week as precautionary measures, especially for the NGX Group.

Information went round that the parent company of the nation’s main stock exchange violated the same offence it punished several organisations for.

This triggered mixed reactions, and the board had to issue a statement to calm nerves, stressing that it was committed to upholding “the highest corporate governance standards, as it has historically done.”

“We are extremely mindful of due process, our records are verifiable, and we are on course with our long-term strategy execution,” a part of the statement issued last week further said.

In the week, Academy Press lost 22.73 per cent to trade at N1.70, NGX Group fell by 13.92 per cent to N17.00, Cadbury Nigeria dropped 13.82 per cent to close at N11.85, BUA Cement declined by 10.39 per cent, while CWG went down by 10.00 per cent.

The disruption in investors’ confidence in the market caused the share prices of 42 firms to shrink in the five-day trading week, compared with 39 recorded in the previous week.

Business Post reports that 17 equities gained points last week, higher than the 13 appreciated a week earlier.

Vitafoam gained 12.25 per cent to close at N22.45, Fidelity Bank grew by 10.85 per cent to N3.78, Unity Bank appreciated by 10.00 per cent to 44 Kobo, eTranzact rose by 9.97 per cent to N3.20, while RT Briscoe jumped by 9.37 per cent to 35 Kobo.

Data from the bourse showed that the All-Share Index (ASI) and the market capitalisation depreciated by 0.91 per cent to 49,026.62 points and N26.445 trillion, respectively.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower except for the NGX premium, banking, pension, NGX AFR Bank Value and NGX MERI Value, which appreciated by 0.13 per cent, 2.27 per cent, 0.05 per cent, 0.08 per cent and 1.84 per cent, respectively, while the ASeM, growth and NGX SOVBND indices closed flat.

The activity chart revealed that investors traded 562.856 million shares worth N9.438 billion in 16,013 deals during the week, in contrast to the 719.398 million shares valued at N8.004 billion transacted in 17,444 deals in the preceding week.

The financial services sector led the chart with 381.958 million shares valued at N4.551 billion traded in 8,627 deals, contributing 67.86 per cent and 48.21 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.

The ICT industry followed with 59.345 million shares worth N2.480 billion in 1,272 deals, while the third place was the services space with 32.212 million shares worth N95.807 million in 607 deals.

Zenith Bank, NGX Group and GTCO were the busiest stocks in the week, with a cumulative sale of 183.929 million units worth N3.499 billion in 3,628 deals, contributing 32.68 per cent and 37.07 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.

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Investors, Others Anticipate Outcome of CBN’s MPC Meeting

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The much-awaited Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) commenced today, Monday, September 26, 2022.

It is the last, but one meeting of the monetary team saddled with the responsibility of determining the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) for the country.

The meeting is for two days. The first leg of the gathering started at 10 am today at the MPC Meeting Room on the 11th Floor of the headquarters of the CBN in Abuja.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the second part of the gathering will take place at the same venue by 8 am.

After about five hours or more, the Governor of the CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele, will inform the public, through the media, of the outcome of the MPC meeting.

He will address journalists on the team’s decision after deliberations, especially after carefully looking at the economic parameters, including the inflation rate, the gross domestic product (GDP), and the money in circulation, among others.

At the last gathering, which occurred precisely in July, the anchor interest rate was increased by 100 basis points to 14.0 per cent from 13.0 per cent. This action was taken mainly to control the rising inflation.

About two weeks ago, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the inflation rate in Nigeria jumped to 20.52 per cent in August 2022 from 19.64 per cent in July 2022.

Last week, the major central banks across the globe further hiked interest rates to tackle inflation, and it is expected that Nigeria will follow suit.

Inflation in Nigeria has been triggered by the rising cost of food items as a result of insecurity in the northern part of the country, where most of the food crops are planted.

Unlike a few years ago, when insecurity and flooding joined forces to put pressure on food prices, this year’s problem has majorly been caused by the inability of farmers to go to their farms as a result of bandits and terrorists, who collect taxes from them before crops can be planted.

Efforts by the government to protect the farmers have not yielded the expected results.

Members of the MPC will look at these issues and give their expert view on whether the rate should be lowered, raised or left intact. But observers believe that the interest rate would be further increased to reduce money in the financial system and then hope that the prices of goods and services will decrease to attract more consumers.

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Vendease Raises $30m to Aid Food Supply Chain

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Vendease, a digital platform which allows African restaurants to buy supplies, access financial services and power their business operations, has raised $30 million in an equity and debt funding round.

The series A equity round of $20 million was co-led by TLcom and Partech in a rare joint investment by two of the biggest Africa-focused funds. Following their investments, Mr Andreata Muforo (Partner at TLcom) and Mr Cyril Collon (General Partner at Partech) will join Vendease’s board as new directors.

The equity round also included VentureSouq, Hustle fund, Hack VC, GFR Fund, Kube VC, Magic Fund and Kairos Angels, who re-invested after participating in the previous round.

Vendease also raised the $10 million debt round from the local finance market.

Commenting on the funding, Mr Tunde Kara, CEO and co-founder of Vendease, said the company would use the proceeds to consolidate its growth and operations in Nigeria and Ghana and to support its expansion across the continent.

“Our mission is to enable the efficient flow of food across Africa, from the point of production to consumption. We want to transform how the entire sector works and remove the bottlenecks that stunt the growth of restaurants and food businesses,” he added.

Launched in January 2020, Vendease’s digital procurement engine makes it easier for restaurants in 8 cities across Nigeria and Ghana to buy food supplies at considerably cheaper rates than open market prices, with guaranteed 12-hour delivery. Over the last 12 months, the company has moved more than 400,000 metric tonnes of food through its platform, helping its users save more than $2,000,000 in procurement costs and more than 10,000 man-hours. Its data has also helped them reduce wastage from overstocking by an additional $485,000.

The company said it has seen triple growth in the number of users on its platform and 5x in revenue over the last 12 months.

“Users have also accessed more than $12 million worth of inventory via its embedded finance product,” the company added.

For restaurant owners, they simply need to download the app, complete the registration process in a few clicks, and they will be able to access all the benefits of Vendease’s platform. They can also access working capital through Vendease’s Buy-Now-Pay-Later offering to maximise their growth opportunities.

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