Loan calculator explained

- by Kelly Richards

Many times in our lives, we need to make decisions on issues that are not exactly our main area of expertise. For example, whether to accept or to deny some kind of recommendation from the doctor about a medical treatment. Another example would be if we have a legal issue, then the natural thing to do would be to seek help from a lawyer.

Economic matters can also be rather complicated. Preferably they should be handed over to a professional for advice. This is especially true when it comes to large transactions, such as a decision regarding a mortgage while purchasing a house. With smaller things, there is no point in turning to a professional, we just have to make the decision ourselves. That is where the loan calculator comes into use.

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Why Do I Need a Loan Calculator?

While talking about a loan with no guarantor, it does not matter if we are dealing with big or small loans. There is always a need for advanced mathematical knowledge in order to analyse all the details. This includes the calculation of the interest, the costs and the comparison to various other offers. Seeking the advice of a professional when talking about a short term loan of a few hundred pounds, or even a few thousand, is not practical.

Years ago, the only solution was to “find” a good neighbour, a relative or a friend who understood and could advise in financial matters. Today this is not necessary anymore. It is possible to find online loan calculators, which contain all the necessary knowledge, and relieve us of the need to be mathematical geniuses. All that is left to do is find such a calculator, enter the data and get results. Let us see what types of calculators exist that can help us.

Types of Loan Calculators

  1. Loan Calculators This calculator is one in which we put the starting conditions of the loan, i.e.: The loan sum, the payment frequency (monthly or weekly), the interest rate and any related fees, if any. The calculator allows you to calculate the periodic payment you will have to pay, the total cost of the borrowing (interest), and the total of all fees we will need to pay. Playing with different input data can enable us to see what the most suitable deal is for us. This loan calculator is typically used to calculate online pay day loan repayments, for example.

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  3. Reverse Loan Calculators The purpose of this calculator is to get different data about the loan, such as the loan amount, payment amount, payments rate. Using this, we can do a reverse calculation of the interest rate and other financial data. The purpose of this loan calculator is to actually allow us to check whether the proposed loan has any errors, if it is fair, and in general, where it stands in relation to other proposals that we have.

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  5. Mortgage Calculators This is actually a standard loan calculator, but a type that calculates long-term loans with large payment amounts specifically. It is important to note that it is essential to know whether the loan is a compound loan, or a non-compound loan. The math behind these two types of loans is completely different. The calculator must identify the right type of loan, otherwise, we will get false calculations.

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Save money with a Loan Calculator

Playing with a loan calculator allows us to work out the true cost of borrowing which can help you work out loan will be the best for you. For example:

When increasing the amount of the loan, the amount of the payments will increase accordingly. If, for example, we double the sum of the loan, any payment will doubled as well. This is a very logical and intuitive result, and in fact, we would not expect anything else.

Now, let us double the amount of the payments. We would assume that this would make each payment half the size. However, the reality is different. The payments are not reduced to half their original sum, but to much less. This causes the total amount of money due to be larger, and hence the loan to be more expensive. Intuition fails in this case, but mathematics strongly supports this phenomenon. What can be learned from this is that there is a limitation for the amount of payments that a loan is worth being paid over. As long as the loan becomes longer, it also becomes more expensive.

In conclusion, we can see that the proper use of online loan calculators can show us exactly what we will face ahead, and how to save money.

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About The Author
Kelly Richards
Kelly Richards is the founder of the Cashfloat blog and has been working tirelessly to produce interesting and informative articles for UK consumers since the blog's creation. Kelly's passion is travelling. She loves her job because she can do it from anywhere in the world! Whether inspiration hits her while sitting on the balcony of a French B&B, or whether she is struck with an idea in a roadside cafe in Moscow, she will always make sure that the idea comes to fruition. Kelly's insights come from her knowledge gained while completing her degree in Economics and Finance as well as from the people she meets around the world. Her motto is: Everyone you meet has something valuable to teach you, so meet as many people as you can!
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* Cashfloat terms and conditions apply. Applicants must be 18 or over. All loans are subject to affordability, applicant verification and traditional credit checks via various national databases by Cashfloat responsible lending policy. In most cases, loan decisions may take up to 30 minutes during office working hours. If your bank does not support Faster Payments, funds will be sent to your account the same day as approval so long as you’re approved by 16:30.

Representative example: Borrow £700 for 6 months. 1st monthly repayment of £168.45, 4 monthly repayments of £224.60, last monthly repayment of £112.20. Total repayment £1,179.05. Interest rate p.a. (fixed) 185.39%. Representative APR 611.74% Our APR includes all applicable fees. Daily interest is capped at 0.793%.

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