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Personal Loan Interest Rates Are Rising for These Types of Loans
May 26

NEW YORK - May 26, 2023 - ( )

Credello: Thanks to the Federal Reserve's raising interest rates, many loan borrowers are getting sticker shock looking at their loan terms. But which loans are getting the highest rate increases? Here's what you should know.

The loans with the highest interest rates

Borrowers are seeing the biggest interest rate spikes on short-term loans, particularly those that run for three to five years. A report by Credible found that rates in April 2023 on 3-year, fixed-rate loans increased by 10.63%, while 5-year, fixed-rate loans averaged an increase of 9.41%.

What's most interesting is that it seems credit scores weren't a significant factor in determining rates. Credible found that these rate increases were happening for borrowers with credit scores of 720 or more, a score that's traditionally seen as worthy of the most competitive (i.e., lowest) rates possible.

Why are these loans getting such drastic rate increases?

Three- to five-year loans are typically categorized as ''short-term'' personal loans. There are a few differences between long-term and short-term loans, but the most significant difference is the interest rate attached.

Short-term loans usually have more aggressive terms and conditions because the lender makes less money on them over time than on a longer loan, like a mortgage. The risks of short-term personal loans are also a factor lenders consider, as these loans are easier to get for those with lower credit scores.

How to get the best interest rate possible on your personal loan

Getting the best interest rate on your personal loan is important to ensure you are paying the lowest amount of money over the life of the loan.

Improve your credit score.

Improving your credit score is the simplest way to ensure you get the most competitive interest rates possible. While interest rates have risen dramatically for all credit scores, the better scores will always have more options available and the best rates possible. The reason for this is, again, due to risk. Generally speaking, lenders will see those with lower scores (~625 or lower) as less responsible with their finances than someone with a higher score. Some lenders have realized this could be an unfair practice, particularly to minorities or those previously underserved by banks, and have begun adding new criteria to their decision-making algorithms. However, for the most part, improving your credit score is the easiest way to get a better offer.

Credit scores are a mix of factors weighted based on their importance determined by credit reporting bureaus.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023

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