Better Financial Forecasts Projected

Market Scenario Looking Up

Unsecured loans can work well for consumers, but for big banks, irresponsible practices may have led to trouble. Things are turning around, however. (Photo: arch-hiroshima.net)

Unsecured loans can work well for consumers, but for big banks, irresponsible practices may have led to trouble. Things are turning around, however. (Photo: arch-hiroshima.net)

Some of the largest private-sector banking institutions are reporting better forecasts for the future compared with last year. Saddled as they were with non-performing unsecured loans, these institutions have tapered down on this particular segment and have started looking at other avenues to increase revenue.

Aggressive Profit Mongering

Financial institutions were aggressive in securing profits prior to the global recession taking hold of the economy, and they did not hesitate to approve and disburse unsecured loans to beginners in a growing economy. Coupled with the high income that the borrowers were enjoying at that time, these loans looked secure. Yet as institutions tried their best to outdo each other to show record growth patterns to their shareholders, their joy became short lived. With the global downturn of the economy, jobs dried up as well as the repayment of the approved loans, leaving the financial industry in a crunch that would be felt across the globe.

Changing Fortunes for Borrowers

As the slowdown hit all sectors of employment and jobs became a rarity, large-scale downsizing became the norm. People who had borrowed money were either without jobs or had moved to different locations without providing a forwarding address, which led to large-scale defaults appearing in the books of the institutions. The outlook was very bleak.

Unsecured loans covered a majority the loans that had been approved. A large number of borrowers had also taken secured loans on vehicles and property. In these cases, these same institutions could apply a foreclosure on immovable property. However, doing the same with vehicles was difficult due to borrowers moving out of their last known addresses.

Institutions Cut Down on Unsecured Loans

Because of this bleak outlook, institutions began cutting down on the amount of loans they approved, making it difficult for the borrower to apply for an unsecured loan. Institutions looking at their own balance sheets and the high ratio of underperforming assets decided to cut down on the retail segment. This created a lose-lose situation where consumers faced difficult times as money dried up, while financial institutions were looking to recover the money that had already been lent.

A Turn for the Better

The last few months are getting better for the economy, as the retail segment has picked up and the stock markets have surged forward. This turnaround has prompted institutions to believe that better times may be ahead of them, as an increase in prices is being witnessed in Real Estate and investors seem to be pouring in to make a killing. Institutions are not far behind in their efforts to make a mark all over again, but will this hurt the economy once again as more unsecured loans get approved during the financial bubble?

Difficult Times for Consumers

People looking to apply for an unsecured loan may no longer find it easy to do so, as institutions are increasingly looking to reduce their exposure to such loans and would rather concentrate on secured loans. That in no way means that unsecured loans are no longer available. It only indicates that it will not be available as easily as it was earlier.

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