You would be surprised at who needs guaranteed loans

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A guaranteed loan is good to keep you from bouncing checks. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The functions of personal finance and high corporate finance are different, but believe it or not, the two are not completely dissimilar. The companies which need some guaranteed loans at some time, or at least a line of credit in case they need a short term loan are some of the biggest names out there. The Ford Motor Co. needed guaranteed loans from the government. Ford is getting out of debt in double quick time. Meanwhile, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae need more guaranteed loans to stay afloat.

Guaranteed loans for Ford

During the worst of the recession, the Ford Motor Co. borrowed $23.5 billion to stay afloat and keep Ford from having to file bankruptcy and ask for bailout money. During the car bailout, Ford didn’t need any auto loans, but merely asked for lines of credit as a contingency. It turned out not that asking for emergency loans from the government at that moment panned out. While Chrysler and General Motors were figuring things out, Ford’s sales went up 22 percent, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sometimes just knowing you can borrow can give a boost of confidence; some people like knowing they can get a loan until payday if they really need it.

More guarantees needed for mortgage giants

Meanwhile, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need more guaranteed loans from the government in order to stay solvent. According to ABC, Freddie has lost about $6 billion for the second quarter of this year alone. The money hemorrhaging firm is asking for another $1.8 billion from taxpayers.The twin mortgage giants are struggling, and both have less than two years to get their affairs in order. That’s when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner isn’t going to cut any more checks.

Fortune 500 companies have credit scores too

One of the motivations for Ford is that the credit rating for the agency improves as they pay off debt. Just like paying off a credit card improves your credit score, it works for big companies too.

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