Sometimes you and I stumble upon an old fund we had totally forgotten about. Of course, we should jump for joy when that happens! But think about reality. Most of us are burdened by debts. Sure, it is a good way to use that old fun to pay off your loans. But the list below may uncover more “secret” funds you might not realize yourself:-
For your insurance coverage, borrow against your cash worth
Let us assume you were approached by an insurance agent (specializing in life coverage). He or she would probably be hell bent on selling to you cash value policies. Why is that so? Well, for one simple reason. They earn much more commission from sales that way!
Sometimes, when we were young, our parents themselves have fallen into the trap of buying such a policy type. Now that we know about this, use it to your advantage. You could borrow against the cash value to clear or at least pay off some lingering bad debts. On a side note, it is advised that you might discontinue altogether your cash value policy and just withdraw the available, remaining cash.
Auction off assets and investments that are not within your retirement account
Find out if you have a share or bond lying around in your old portfolio. You should think about turning these paper assets into cold hard cash. Then use the money to pay down your consumer loans. However, be smart to care for your taxes. Doing so (selling off your assets) might cause you to get taxed. In this case, only sell the ones that would not get a tax bill on your side.
Property at home can be used to your advantage
How is this possible? Simple. Borrow against your home equity. Home equity value is defined as the difference between its market value and current remaining loan balance. Then what you do is borrow against real estate at a lower interest rate and get your taxes to be reduced.
A word of warning: Make sure that you do not overdo the borrowing process. It might fall for foreclosure risks.
Working for your boss?
Know that you can also borrow against the retirement account (which belongs to your employer). Do your homework first. Check whether this is possible or not at the first place at the correct department. You will find that the rate of interest is normally fine for you. In the case of sudden retrenchment or such cases, you might have to repay the loan within a 2-month period.
If you have more friends and family, the better
They are your closest people to you in your life. At times of financial trouble, you could often rely on them to borrow money. However, do it professionally. Have a written agreement (a general and not overly complicated one) that has the necessary terms and conditions. Last of all, please do pay them back. Show your gratitude to the closest people you know. They may be your last resort after all.