Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cash Advance: Pros and Cons

Cash advances are short-term loans that are taken in case of emergencies when the individual depends on their paycheck to pay their bills. An extreme medical emergency or a credit card bill or other kinds of unexpected expenses might result in an individual opting for a cash advance.

Though cash advances are made against a credit card or paycheck, the interest on this loan is charged from the day the advance is taken. Also, since this kind of loan is taken only in case of emergencies, the interest rates can be very high. Also, even if the credit is extended when the individual cannot repay the loan by the specified time, the increase in the interest rates can make the interest on the amount then be sky-high when compared to the interest on regular loans.

Since these are short-term loans, the amount us usually not very high. Most of this cash advances are not more than $500 to $1000 because the amount needs to be repaid from the next paycheck or by next credit card installment. The borrower needs to provide the company with a post-dated check containing enough amount of money to cover both the principle and the interest.

Cash advance companies provide a variety of options to avoid long lines at their stores. Individuals can apply online for a cash advance if they can provide the requisite details online and the money would be deposited into the account through electronic transfer once the details are verified, and the whole process shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes. The lender can be given the option of withdrawing the money directly from the borrower’s checking account on the payday.

Cash advances are also made at some banks, as well as at stores specialized in the money lending business. Banks provide the option of an automatic electronic paycheck deposit and so make the process a lot easier.

It is very important to remember that a cash advance is a form of loan with very high interest rates and it is not advised to apply for cash advances very often. It is better to consider other options before opting for this kind of loan as the interest rates can prove to be very high when the individual is unable to repay the money and chooses to rollover to the next month.

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