Can The Market Provide Cheaper Short-Term Loans?
Central Bank has agreed to make old-fashioned signature loans (that means no collateral from the borrower) of $300 to $2,500. That’s also what payday and installment lenders do. Except Fair Community Credit will lend money for slightly longer durations and at a double-digit interest rate, not a triple-digit one. That way borrowers will have a better shot at paying off their loans, rather than defaulting.
What makes that possible is Fair Community Credit’s promise to cover any loan losses from a $200,000-plus loan guarantee pool donated by foundations and individual donors.
The market is creating relatively cheap short-term credit alternatives to payday loan shops. It is incredible to watch society tackle perceived problems through voluntary interaction without the forceful hand of the state. It will be intriguing to see the results of this venture.
A hat tip to John Combest for the link.