Best Personal Loans for Fair Credit of October 2020

How much will a personal loan cost?

As with most credit products, the rate you receive on a personal loan depends a lot on your credit score. Borrowers with fair or average credit will pay a higher rate — somewhere around 20%, according to a NerdWallet lender survey — than those with good credit. The interest rate also affects your total monthly payment, as does the term length; a longer term means lower monthly payments, but more interest.

How to qualify for fair-credit loans

Focus on your credit score. Even if lenders look at other factors, your credit score is a key consideration. Building your credit can mean better odds of qualifying and getting a lower rate.

Add a joint applicant or co-signer to your application. There are risks to co-signing, but it’s an option that can help you qualify for a loan that you wouldn’t be able to on

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What Does ‘APR’ Mean On Loans And Credit Cards?

You’ll see APR used in conjunction with several different financial products, including credit cards, loans and hire purchase agreements. But what does it actually mean and how does it work? In this guide, we explain all you need to know.

What is APR?

APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate, and it’s the official interest rate used for borrowing on a credit-based product. It takes into account the headline rate of interest you’ll pay as well as any additional charges or fees.

In other words, it’s a standardised way of showing the cost of borrowing over a year.

The APR will be expressed as a percentage of the amount you’ve borrowed and is calculated using a formula outlined in the Consumer Credit Act (1974). Each lender must abide by this, making it a useful way to compare products such as a loans and credit cards on a like-for-like basis.


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SoFi personal loans review: High credit score for low rates and perks

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  • A high minimum credit score requirement makes a SoFi Personal Loan harder to qualify for than the typical personal loan. 
  • However, these loans come with unique features like unemployment protection, which is available if you lose work due to circumstances beyond your control. 
  • SoFi has a low maximum interest rate compared to the competition, but it aren’t the lowest available. People with good credit will want to shop around.
  • Quick funding and an easy-to-use online interface with the option of pre-approval makes it a strong option for anyone with good credit who is looking for a personal loan. 
  • See Business Insider’s picks for the best personal loans of 2020 »
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For the stock market, is it onwards and upwards? As the dog days of summer come to a close, stocks have ripped higher in a remarkable fashion, with the market sitting at record highs. That said, when we make our way into September, a historically rough month for equities, should investors put their hunts for compelling plays on hold? Not necessarily. The pros on Wall Street have set their sights on a select few names with growth prospects that can only be described as monstruous. We aren’t exaggerating here. These stocks have already posted some serious gains in 2020, with analysts arguing there’s more than enough fuel in the tank to keep the rally alive. Bearing this in mind, we used TipRanks’ database to pinpoint three stocks deemed as exciting growth plays by the analyst community. According to the

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Is a Credit Card Cash Advance Better Than a Payday Loan?

When you need cash right away and don’t have readily available savings, you might consider using a credit card cash advance or payday loan.

Although both options allow you to get money quickly, they also penalize borrowers who can’t pay back the debt promptly.

Here is a look at the pros and cons of both options as well as alternatives that could help you avoid the negative effects of a high-interest loan.

[Read: Best Cash Back Credit Cards.]

What Is a Credit Card Cash Advance?

A credit card cash advance is a loan from your credit card that allows you to get instant cash, whether it’s from an ATM, a bank withdrawal, a check or another method. Expect to pay a cash advance fee, typically ranging from 2% to 8% with a $10 minimum — and an interest rate that’s at least a couple of percentage points higher than

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Personal loan vs. credit card

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When an unexpected expense comes your way or you’ve been wanting to make a larger purchase, choosing between a personal loan or a credit card can be difficult. There are distinctions between the two, and knowing when to use your credit card or take out a personal loan can prevent financial hardship down the road.

If you need to take out a large lump sum of money for a project or want to pay off high-interest credit card debt, then you may want to consider a personal loan. If you’re making a smaller, everyday purchase, a credit card is the better option.

Here’s a look at the key differences between a personal loan and a credit card and how to determine which option is best for you.


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Key differences between a personal loan and a credit card

A personal loan provides a lump-sum

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George Soros Went Against the Flow as Fast Money Ditched Credit ETF

(Bloomberg) — While hedge funds largely rejected the age-old adage “don’t fight the Federal Reserve” in the second quarter, there were a few notable exceptions.

Soros Fund Management, the family office of billionaire investor George Soros, boosted its holdings of BlackRock Inc.’s iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond exchange-traded fund, ticker LQD, by $161 million in the period, regulatory filings as of June 30 show. That was the biggest bet among $534 million of fast-money inflows, with Moore Capital’s $109 million investment ranking second.

Still, the majority of fund managers pulled money from LQD even after the Fed announced in late March that it would purchase corporate bonds and eligible ETFs. Trading effectively froze across bond markets during the height of March’s coronavirus-fueled turmoil, but the Fed’s backstop sparked a torrid rally that sent billions into corporate bond ETFs. Despite the surge, hedge funds yanked $1.87 billion from LQD

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OneMain Financial personal loan review: No minimum credit score

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OneMain Financial’s personal loans are a good option for personal loan borrowers who have a low credit score. 

Personal loans are known for being relatively selective, as there’s often no collateral like a car or house that could help the bank recoup their money. Generally, lenders require a good or better credit score to consider applications for personal loans. 

OneMain Financial doesn’t list an official minimum credit score, and could help you get approved for a personal loan. However, getting approved doesn’t mean it will be cheap to borrow — OneMain’s personal loans have high starting interest rates. Anyone with a good or better credit score could likely get a

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Upstart personal loan review: Loans for limited credit or low scores

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An Upstart Personal Loan could be the right loan for people who have a strong work and education history, but not the best credit score or a limited credit history.

One of Upstart’s main distinctions is its underwriting process, which is the process of deciding who gets a loan and how much to charge in interest. Like any lender, Upstart considers credit scores as part of the process, but also considers employment history and education history such as where you went to school and your area of study.

While this could be an advantage for people with lots of college experience, it may work against borrowers without that experience.


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Credit Suisse Thinks Bain Capital Specialty Finance’s Stock is Going to Recover

In a report issued on May 1, Douglas Harter from Credit Suisse maintained a Buy rating on Bain Capital Specialty Finance (BCSF – Research Report), with a price target of $15.50. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $9.22, close to its 52-week low of $7.12.

According to, Harter is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 4.1% and a 63.8% success rate. Harter covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as Ellington Residential Mortgage, Essential Properties Realty, and Arlington Asset Investment.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Bain Capital Specialty Finance is a Hold with an average price target of $10.67.

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Bain Capital Specialty Finance’s market cap is currently $499.5M and has a P/E ratio of 5.10. The company has a Price to Book ratio of 0.49.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 10 insiders, corporate

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