Thursday, June 17, 2010



- an amount of money given to somebody on the condition that it will be paid back later.
- the act of letting somebody use something temporarily.

- to allow somebody to borrow something on the condition that it is returned.

- being lent or borrowed.

- working at a temporary location because additional help or expertise is needed there.

- the act of lending; a grant of the temporary use of something: the loan of a book.
- something lent or furnished on condition of being returned , esp. a sum of money lent at interest: a 1000loan at 10 percent interest.

- loanward

- on loan

- borrowed for temporary use: How many books can i have on loan from the library at home?

- temporarily provided or released by one's regular employer, superior, or owner for use by another. Our best actor is on loan to another movie studio for two films.

- to lend money at interest.

loan or lend?

If you are letting somebody else temporarily use physical property or money of yours, it is quite acceptable, especially in less formal contexts, to use the verb loan, as in I loaned him some lunch money. In more formal settings lend is by far the safer choice: According to the terms of this agreement, we will lend you the stipulated amount of cash. The verb loan can be used only with reference to the temporary lending of physical property or assets. If the context is not literal or physical, lend is the only choice: The evidence lends credence to the witness's previous testimony.The subtle use of strings lends fluidity to the composition.

unsecured loan

An unsecured loan is a loan that is not backed by collateral. Also known as a signature loan or personal loan.
Unsecured loans are based solely upon the borrower's credit rating. As a result, they are often much more difficult to get than a secured loan, which also factors in the borrower's income. An unsecured loan is considered much cheaper and carries less risk to the borrower.[citation needed] However, when an unsecured loan is granted, it does not necessarily have to be based on a credit score. For example, if your friend lends you money without any collateral, meaning something of worth that can be repossessed if the loan isn't repaid, then your credit score has zero to do with it, but rather the value of your friendship is at stake. Therefore the real meaning of an unsecured loan is that it is not backed by any object of value and is lent to you based on your good name. For financial institutional purposes, they may want to look at your credit score because they are not your friend and it is strictly a business transaction, therefore your good name may be associated with your historical payment history on prior debt, reflecting in your credit score.

Types of unsecured loans

There are three types of unsecured loans.

- First there is a personal unsecured loan, meaning a loan that you individually are responsible for the repayment of.

- Second is an unsecured business loan which leaves the business responsible for the repayment.

- Finally there is an unsecured business loan with a personal guarantee. With the latter, although the borrower is the business, you as an individual will be the payer of last resort if the business defaults on the loan

Lending decision criteria

Since unsecured loans are not secured against property or any asset, it is more difficult for a lender to get their money back if the borrower does not or cannot repay the loan.
Because of this increased 'risk' (compared to secured loans) unsecured lenders tend to have stricter underwriting rules. In particular, lenders will look at the potential borrower's credit history and how they have conducted their previous and current credit or loan accounts.
In summary the lender has to decide, based on their borrower's credit history, how likely are they to repay the loan. If the risk is too high, the borrower will be declined for the loan. If the risk is acceptable, then the lender will (subject to other minimum requirements) make a loan offer.

Rate determination

Assuming a loan offer is made, the actual APR will normally depend on two things, the loan amount and that level of risk. Generally speaking, the higher the loan amount the lower the APR will be. In terms of the level of risk, the higher the risk the higher the APR lenders will charge - this is known in the loan industry as rate-for-risk.

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