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Variable Rate Commercial Loan

What is a Variable Rate Commercial Loan?

Variable rate commercial loans offer financing with interest rates that can fluctuate throughout the loan term. These fluctuations are tied to a benchmark rate, often the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) cash rate.

Interest Rate Adjustments:

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  • When the benchmark rate rises, the interest rate on your variable loan typically increases proportionally.

  • Conversely, if the benchmark rate falls, your loan's interest rate will decrease as well.

Impact on Repayments:

  • Let's say your variable loan has a current interest rate of 5% and your monthly repayments are $1,000.

  • If the interest rate increases by 1% (to 6%), your monthly repayments could potentially rise to $1,060 (depending on the loan amount and terms).

Benefits of Variable Rate Loans:

  • Potentially lower initial interest rates: Variable rates can be lower than fixed rates at the outset, freeing up cash flow for other business needs.

  • Greater flexibility: Some variable rate loans allow you to make extra repayments without penalty (always check the specific loan terms). This can help you pay down the loan faster and save on interest in the long run.

Drawbacks of Variable Rate Loans:

  • Interest rate uncertainty: Unlike fixed-rate loans, variable rates can fluctuate, potentially leading to significant increases in your monthly repayments.

  • Cash flow challenges: Fluctuating repayments can make budgeting and financial planning more challenging.

Who Should Consider Variable Rate Loans

  • Businesses comfortable with risk: If your business thrives on flexibility and can handle potential interest rate fluctuations, a variable rate loan might be suitable.

  • Strong cash flow: Having a steady cash flow allows you to absorb potential repayment increases without disrupting your operations.

  • Short-term loans: For short-term financing needs, the impact of potential rate hikes might be less significant compared to long-term loans.

How a Finance Broker Can Help

Navigating variable rate loans requires careful consideration. A finance broker can be your partner in securing the best option for your business:

  • Variable Rate Expertise: Brokers understand the nuances of variable rate loans and their implications for businesses.

  • Market Analysis: They provide insights into current and future interest rate trends, helping you make informed decisions.

  • Product Comparison: Brokers compare variable rate loan options from various lenders, ensuring you get the most competitive rates and terms.

  • Risk Assessment: They analyze your business's financial health to assess your ability to manage potential interest rate increases.

  • Negotiation Power: Brokers leverage their experience to negotiate favorable interest rates and loan terms on your behalf.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • How much can my repayments increase? The potential increase depends on the size of the interest rate rise and the terms of your loan.

  • What are the risks? The primary risk is unpredictable interest rate fluctuations that could significantly increase your repayments and strain your cash flow.

  • Breaking Out: Breaking out of a variable rate loan might incur exit fees. Carefully review the loan agreement before signing.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute financial advice. Please consult with our finance brokers before making any borrowing decisions.

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