The difference between ‘rescheduling’ and ‘debt restructuring’ your loan

Refinancing your current loan with another lender can be beneficial. This article explains why this is not the same as debt restructuring.

Comparing providers is worthwhile even with a current personal loan

It makes sense to switch providers for services such as cell phone contracts and health insurance if you can save money in the process. An example of this would be if you saved 10 francs a month by switching your cell phone contract. This won't make you rich, but it could add up to enough savings over a year, like z.B. for a train ticket from Basel to Paris or tickets for a popular concert in the Hallenstadion. Thinking about this concept further, it is obvious that you can also save by switching lenders.

Debt restructuring ≠ taking out a loan

The good news is that you can save money by restructuring your credit. First, we need to clarify what we mean when we talk about optimizing a personal loan. We refer to the common practice of consolidating debts through loans. That's not correct, because a "debt restructuring" means you've made a payment plan with creditors to pay off existing debts, not that you're taking out another loan to pay them off.

On the contrary, after rescheduling, you won't have any debt at all. It is not possible to reschedule your debt by taking out a new loan – this is called "debt restructuring".

Debt collection prevents debt restructuring

A debt rescheduling allows you to keep your loan amount, provided you have a perfect payment record with your previous lender. The new lender will check your creditworthiness in the same way as the old lender; if there is a default notice against you, they are unlikely to accept you as a customer. That would be unfortunate, because then the debt restructuring could not take place.

Although a debt restructuring may seem like a "jump from the frying pan into the fire," it can make sense in certain situations. Especially if you can secure a lower interest rate with your new lender. This can have an immediate positive impact on your finances: a reduction in the interest rate from 9.9% to 7.For example, 9% for a loan amount of 50,000 francs would mean an annual saving of one thousand francs (as a simplified calculation without taking into account compound interest).

If you have several loans from different providers, it can be confusing, but if you consolidate them with a single lender, it will be easier because you will only have to keep track of one rate. It makes sense to regularly review your credit situation and see if it can be improved. This is only possible if you make your payments on time and have a good credit score. If that's the case, lenders are happy to give you an attractive interest rate when refinancing.

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