What is debt?

The borrowing of money from one party to another is called debt. Large purchases are possible with debt. This is often used by individuals and companies. A debt arrangement grants the borrower permission to borrow money on the condition that it be paid back at a later date, typically with interest.

Understanding Debt

Loans are the most common form of debt. They include auto loans, mortgages, personal loans and credit cards. A loan agreement requires the borrower to repay the loan balance by a specific date. This may be several years away. The terms of a loan stipulate that the borrower has to pay an annual percentage of the loan amount. This interest is used to compensate the lender for taking on the loan risk and encourage the borrower repay the loan quickly in order to reduce his total interest cost.

Credit card debt functions in the same way that a loan does, but the amount borrowed changes with the borrower’s circumstances. There is a fixed repayment date, or rolling deadline. You can consolidate certain types of loans including student loans and personal loan.

Types of Debt

There are four types of debt. The majority of debt can be classified into one of four categories: secured debt or unsecured debt; revolving debt or a mortgage.

Secured Debt

Secured debt is also known as collateralized debt. Collateralized debt is property or assets that are sufficient in value to cover the debt amount. Vehicles, houses, boats or securities are examples of collateral. These items are pledged and the agreement is created using a lien. If the loan is not repaid, the collateral may either be sold or liquidated.

Secured debt, as with all other forms of debt requires that borrowers undergo vetting to ensure their creditworthiness and their ability pay. Aside from a basic review of income status and employment status the ability to repay may also be assessed.

Unsecured debt

Unsecured loans are debts that do not require collateral to secure. Before consideration is given, creditworthiness as well as the ability to repay are examined. In determining whether to approve or deny lending, there is no collateral assignment.

Unsecured debts can include student loans and automobile loans. The amount of the loan is determined by the debtor’s financial standing, including their income, liquid cash availability, and employment status.

Revolving Credit

A line or amount of credit that a borrower has the right to continuously borrow from, called a revolving loan. In other words: the borrower could use funds up-to a specific amount, repay it back, and then borrow more up to that same amount.

The most common form revolving debt, however, is credit card debt. The card issuer opens the agreement by providing a line for credit to the borrower. The credit line will remain open as long the account is active as long the borrower keeps their promises. If the borrower has a positive repayment history, the amount revolving debt can be increased.


A mortgage is a debt to purchase real estate. Because the subject property is used as collateral, it is a form secured debt. However, mortgages have their own debt classification.

There are many kinds of mortgage loans. These include conventional, rural and adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), as well as Federal Housing Administration (FHA), traditional, rural, and conventional mortgages. Lenders require a minimum credit score of at least 620 to be approved. This may vary depending on the type and purpose of the mortgage.

Most mortgages, apart from student loans and other debts, are the most significant that consumers will ever owe. Mortgages are generally amortized over long terms, such 15-30 years.

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