Saturday, 18 February 2012

Payday Loans

I was thinking about what we had before Payday Loans, and what we had was local shops cashing cheques for a fee.

My local shop used to cash a £50 cheque for a £1 fee.

So, let's consider the math of that:-

Borrowing for 2-3 days (clearing period), or let's say 1/122 of a year. 1/50th is a 2% interest rate, so, the annual interest rate is:-


= 1120%

Now, that's cheaper than payday loans (although if you change it to 2 days, you get a higher figure). But it doesn't make 4000% interest rates look quite so bad, does it?

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