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The Best Payday Loans and 4 Ways to Find Them

[Jun 9, 2009.]


The secret is out. The best payday loans are borrowed on the short term and repaid ASAP. Called short term loans--ironically enough--the name change isn’t only a cosmetic difference. It’s a new way of handling payday loans to use them as they were meant from the start--a temporary fix for financial crises to get consumers through tough times.

The Debt Crisis Hits the iPod Generation Hardest
Consumer and household debt represent a virtual plague on global youth. According to The Telegraph, nearly one in five young people have personal debts exceeding $15,000--with dwindling salaries and an absence of savings that can hardly make up the difference. What’s more, over-taxation and business irresponsibility is compounding the problem.

The CBC reveals that debt counselors are poised for an extremely busy 2009. The Credit Counselling Society, a Canadian-based financial support group, saw a 40 percent increase in the number of consumers contacting them for assistance in the last quarter of 2008. This trend could continue should stressed-out consumers continue to ignore opportunities to access the best payday loans.

How to Find the Best Payday Loans
There’s little doubt that the payday loan industry can be tough to navigate for those not familiar with its services. Here are four ways to find quality relief from payday lenders:
1. Know the Regulations. The payday lending industry has undergone an overhaul of its processes and protections for consumers. For example, Australia has become a beacon example of progress, enacting more accountability for lenders and tighter restrictions on loan amounts. Knowing these types of guidelines can keep borrowers from overextending themselves.

2. Check the Watchdogs. There are consumer groups and organizations out there to help borrowers find the best payday loans from lenders with sterling reputations. The mark of a strong lender is one with a long list of satisfied clients. Access these for favorable loan terms and courteous customer service.

3. Have a Plan. Know in advance the loan amount needed as well as the method of repayment. Consumers that walk into a loan without a plan leave themselves open to indecision at best and predatory lending at worst. Being well-prepared is the surest way to benefitting from the best payday loans.

4. Think About It. The best payday loans will wait. Avoid high-pressure situations. There’s nothing wrong with taking time to consider a loan before signing on the dotted line. If the terms are suspect, chances are that getting away from the deal and considering other options will facilitate a sound decision.

The Bottom Line: The best payday loans are consumer-centric and not profit-motivated. While making money is the goal of any business, lenders that leave their customers open to financial ruin don’t deserve their operating license.


About Author:

Kelly Richardson is a freelance writer, marcomm consultant and digital entrepreneur. He’s written content for Fortune 500s Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Wells Fargo. Find out more about him at kellyrichardsoncopywriting.com.

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