The Malaysian government has announced a three-month extension to the loan repayment moratorium for individuals who have lost their jobs and yet to find new employment during the Covid-19 pandemic – the Targeted Repayment Assistance (“TRA”) Programme. This programme is to assist those who face difficulties in continuing their debts during the Covid-19 pandemic. But a loan is a loan. Sooner or later it needs to be paid. Otherwise the creditworthiness of the individual can be compromised.
What is Creditworthiness?
- Creditworthiness is what the lender will determine whether an individual is eligible for acquiring a loan before the lender approve any new borrowings to the individual.
- Creditworthiness plays an important role in having the required loan applications approved.
- Creditworthiness is a measure of how well an individual manages their debts.
Two (2) Distinct Strategies to Settle Outstanding Balances
- Debt Avalanche method
- Debt Snowball method
Debt Avalanche method
- Prioritizing debts with the highest interest rates.
- Paying off debt starting from highest rate to lowest interest rate, regardless of balance.
- Debt avalanche method involves making minimum payments on all debt, then using any extra funds to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate.
- For individuals with larger amounts of debt, the avalanche method can reduce the time it takes to pay off the debt.
- End up paying less money overall – provided the individual stick with the payment plan as the individual do not skip a month or two of strategic repayments.
- This method requires discipline and commitment to pull off.
- Also, it requires constant amount of discretionary income.
Debt Snowball method
- Prioritizing smallest debt.
- Paying off debts from smallest balance to largest balance, regardless of interest rates.
- The debt snowball method involves making minimum payments in all debt, then paying off the smallest debts first before moving on to next smallest.
- Builds motivation by settling debts fast.
- Forces the individual to stay intentional about paying one bill at a time until the individual is debt-free.
- End up incur more interest.
- More expensive overall.
- Can take longer time to become completely debt-free.
Consequences for Late Loan Repayment
- The credit score of the individual will be affected.
- The individual will be charged penalties.
- The individual may be filed for bankruptcy by failure to pay off a loan timely.
- If you are unable to tackle your debts by yourself, do seek help from recognised agencies that can help you come up with a debt management plan.
- Make sure you go to a reputable organisation and not some unauthorised agent that claims to represent financial institutions.
- The Credit Counselling and Management Agency or AKPK offers free advice and guidance to borrowers including options for debt restructuring.
- There are other agencies, including Creador Foundation, which provides financial literacy education for low and middle income adults via Multiply.
- Whatever your financial situation may be, take time to review it and safeguard your creditworthiness.
- Prioritize your essentials and do not let your bill grow faster than you can pay them.
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