The Inevitable Interest Rate Hike
The U.S. Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates to near 0% in response to the financial crisis of 2008, in order to stimulate the economy by encouraging people to borrow money. Rates have been kept historically low for over 7 years now. Since that time, U.S home prices have clawed their way back and positive data suggests the economy has made a healthy recovery. The economy is “performing well,” Janet Yellen, the Fed chairwoman, said earlier this month, adding that “it could be appropriate” to raise rates at the Fed’s final policy meeting of the year in December.
Taking Advantage of Low Rates
Higher short-term interest rates will mean the cost of borrowing will be higher. Auto loans, credit cards, home equity loans and mortgages will all be affected by the eventual rate increase. For this reason, the window of opportunity to borrow at low interest rates is closing. One of the smartest ways homeowners are taking advantage of low rates is by borrowing to fund home improvement projects. This is a responsible use of debt as many of these projects add value to your home. In addition, a large portion of the costs can be recouped when you sell your home. Projects like a kitchen remodeling can retain up to 92% of the costs of the project according to a cost vs. value study done by Remodeling Magazine. You can even turn a profit on some projects! Doing something as simple as installing a steel entry door can earn you money, with 101% of the cost of the project being returned at resale. Projects like this one are certainly a wise use of debt.
Financing Home Improvements using Alternative Finance
Nearly 57% of U.S. homeowners said that they plan to spend money on home improvement projects according to an annual survey by LightStream, an online alternative lender. How do they plan on paying for these projects? More than half say they will tap savings (59%). However a concerning portion (30%) plan to use credit cards to finance their renovation and home improvement projects. Credit cards often charge very high interest making it a costly option. Luckily other cost effective options exist. Alternative finance has seen explosive growth lately and with that, alternative lending has become a popular way to obtain a loan online. Not only is it one of the quickest ways to find a loan, the interest rates on these loans are far more attractive than other financing options. Before you use credit cards to pay for these costly home improvement projects, it's definitely worth checking out alternative lending and comparing rates. Many alternative lending sites offer online tools that help you compare APRs across multiple financing options. It’s important to note that loans found on these sites will also be sensitive to short-term interest rates and as a result will increase when the Fed decides to raise rates in the near future. Therefore, now is a great opportunity to lock in a cheaper APR on a home improvement loan.
An improving housing market coupled with the likelihood of an increase in interest rates in the near future make now a great time to borrow and take advantage of low interest rates. One of the more responsible uses of debt is to use it to finance home improvements as many of these projects can add resale value to your home. Furthermore, marketplace lending is a simple and cost-effective alternative to finding a home improvement loan before interest rates across the board inevitably increase.
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NEW YORK, NY, March 15, 2022 -- Even Financial ("Even"), the category-leading embedded finance marketplace and independently managed subsidiary of MoneyLion, Inc. (NYSE: ML), has announced a new partnership with Tally, a leading financial automation company, to include the company's low-interest credit offerings on its platform.
"Tally has built a powerful tech-enabled system to help people solve one of the biggest financial problems today: paying off credit card debt," said Phill Rosen, Founder and CEO of Even. "We're thrilled to welcome Tally's line of credit offerings to Even's unparalleled network of financial services providers."
Tally is designed to help its members pay off their debt faster and save them money on interest and late fees. Members can lower their monthly payment with Tally's lower-interest line of credit, if eligible. Typically, at least a 580 FICO score is needed. Tally's system is customized to save people as much money as possible.
"Americans today owe nearly $1 trillion in credit card debt. We know from our research that many want to pay down their debt but struggle to get started. That's where Tally comes in," said Jason Huynh, VP of Credit, Analytics & Operations at Tally. "Our system combines financial automation with a low-interest line of credit to give people the help they need to get on track to pay off their credit card debt for good. We're thrilled that our partnership with Even will allow Tally to help even more people."
The launch of Tally on the Even platform enables consumers to get matched with Tally's custom, low-interest line of credit accounts of up to $25,000 in just a few minutes. After getting matched, eligible consumers complete the process through the Tally app. There are no out-of-pocket costs.
Tally is the latest partner to join the Even marketplace, a growing network of over 400 financial services partners and 500 channel partners covering a breadth of financial services including loans, credit cards, mortgages, savings, and insurance products. Even's marketplace technology enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security, at scale.
About Even Financial
Even digitally connects and matches consumers with real-time, personalized financial product recommendations from banks, insurance carriers, and fintech companies on mobile apps, websites, and other digital touchpoints through its marketplace technology. Even's infrastructure leverages machine learning and advanced data science to solve a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition, seamlessly bridging financial services providers (such as SoFi) and channel partners (such as TransUnion) via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces. Even enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Even was named one of "America's Best Startup Employers'' by Forbes for 2021 and was named to the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest growing tech companies in the world. Learn more at www.evenfinancial.com.
Tally is a consumer financial tech company pioneering full-service financial automation to help people save money, pay down their debt and reach their goals sooner. Founded in 2015, the company built the first fully automated debt manager to help put billions of dollars back in people's pockets. In 2021, Tally was named to Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies list and to Quartz's Best Companies for Remote Workers. Previously, Tally made Forbes' Next Billion Dollar Startup list, Forbes' Fintech 50 list, and the app won Real Simple's Smart Money award. Learn more at meettally.com.
NEW YORK, NY, April 19, 2022 -- Even Financial (“Even”), the category-leading embedded finance marketplace and independent subsidiary of MoneyLion, Inc. (NYSE: ML), has announced it has now facilitated over $5 billion in consumer credit, as of March 2022. Leveraging machine learning and advanced data science, Even solves a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition by seamlessly bridging financial service providers and channel partners via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces.
“Surpassing $5 billion in consumer credit facilitated through our marketplace is an enormous achievement for Even as we continue to help build the future of finance technology,” said Phill Rosen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Access to credit has long been a challenge for many hard-working Americans, and we are dedicated to alleviating this issue by providing consumers personalized financial services offers that meet their needs, when they need it most. Reaching the $5 billion milestone reaffirms that our mission is driving significant value for both consumers and our partners."
Even has grown its embedded finance marketplace offerings beyond loans to cover a breadth of additional financial services including credit cards, mortgages, savings, and insurance products. Within loans, Even offers the largest network of premium, connected loan providers - across a wide array of products including unsecured personal loans, secured personal loans, line of credit, student loan refinancing, and auto loan refinancing. Leading financial services providers, such as LendingClub and SoFi, partner with Even to reach qualified consumers searching for loans, benefiting from Even’s unparalleled network and native integrations.
The company has continued its rapid growth trajectory in 2022, growing its network to include over 400 financial services partners and 500 channel partners. Even's marketplace technology enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Earlier this year, Even announced the close of its acquisition by MoneyLion, the award-winning digital financial platform, which will continue to advance their combined efforts of providing financial access and advice to hard working Americans.
About Even Financial
Even digitally connects and matches consumers with real-time, personalized financial product recommendations from banks, insurance carriers, and fintech companies on mobile apps, websites, and other digital touchpoints through its marketplace technology. Even's infrastructure leverages machine learning and advanced data science to solve a significant pain point in financial services customer acquisition, seamlessly bridging financial services providers (such as SoFi) and channel partners (such as TransUnion) via its industry-leading API and embedded finance marketplaces. Even enables any company to add financial products to its business, with full compliance and security at scale. Even was named one of "America's Best Startup Employers'' by Forbes for 2022 and was named to the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest growing tech companies in the world. Learn more at evenfinancial.com.