Another PEW study has found some interesting data on how fast cash advance loans are chosen and paid. PEW’s Payday Lending in America series once again has studied the behaviors of short-term loan borrowers in order bring more light in how the industry affects the average person.
Most direct lenders would tell you that a person who applies for one of their direct cash advance loans is having financial troubles. It’s an obvious answer, why else would someone be willing to pay the fees behind the loan? What the PEW study found was a more in depth answer. They calculated that 58% of the fast cash users were not just experiencing temporary emergencies but rather troubles keeping up with monthly expenses. This finding supports PEW’s first report which touched upon how users would rather take out a short-term loan rather than have to work at cutting back on their lifestyle.
In order to redirect these findings, borrowers will need to work on their budgets and cutting back on monthly expenses. This could mean trading in a luxury car for something more affordable, downsizing their home or cutting out household luxuries like internet, cable and movie channels. The more money they can keep in their bank accounts the less chance they will need to use a short-term loan.
Cutbacks will also help correct PEW’s second finding that only 14% of those borrowers studied can actually afford to pay the loan back in full. It is tough to repay a loan plus fees out of one paycheck. The remaining 76% need to be creative to find the extra money without leaving their budget unguarded. Some may have a family member or friend who could help while others may have to sell off household items.
The PEW study also touched upon the mindset of a person seeking out direct cash lenders. The majority of borrowers rely on the lenders to give them accurate information about the loans. If a borrower ends up choosing a lender who does not use best practices, there may be hidden costs which will create additional hardships. It takes many of these borrowers up to 5 months to pay off the loan. The $375 loan ends up costing more than $500 to repay.