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Why Is Co-Signing Dangerous?

Good intentions can ruin you financially.

People who are looking for someone to co-sign a loan for them often look for the nicest, sweetest, and gentlest person they know well.  If you have been asked to co-sign for a loan, congratulations on being one of the nicest people in the world.  But, now it is time to do the right thing.

No matter how long and tragic story their story is, you need to remember that co-signing a loan is dangerous.

Why Is Co-Signing Dangerous?

  • The lending conditions are a high risk: If someone is trying to get you to co-sign with them, it is because they could not get a loan from a bank or other financial institution.  This means that those organizations consider this person too high of a borrowing risk.  When someone cannot get out of debt they are a credit risk.  If you look at how much money credit card companies are willing to extend to people, I take it as a very bad sign when a bank says someone is not lender worthy.  I would not lend to someone who is not eligible for a bank loan.  Best case scenario, I might point them in the direction of Lending Club, but depending on the situation, that could cause more damage than help. › Continue reading
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