Mar 11, 2014 Philip Burgess
As nearly anyone can assume, when times get tough, that's when consumers start becoming desperate. For instance, if a large storm is predicted, individuals are likely going to flock to supermarkets in droves in order to make sure they're adequately prepared.
However, many times, consumer trends can be reactive, rather than proactive - after a big sports victory, chances are good that team's merchandise will be sold more frequently.
This phenomenon can also be seen in an economic sense, especially in the United Kingdom over the past few years. When the global depression took hold, consumers couldn't get access to credit through traditional routes because banks all but shut their doors, afraid of not being paid back. As such, many people took to short term lenders, to their ongoing satisfaction.
And, this largely hasn't changed. The fact is that no matter how long has passed since the financial tumult of years past, the economy still isn't perfect. As such, despite the claims of government leaders that the products and services are harmful for personal finances, those who use them responsibly and get all the information from lenders are able to benefit. These are the types of individuals who are increasingly asking for more access to short term loans.
Demand rising across the nation
According to Credit Today, more consumers in the United Kingdom are taking out short term loans every year, as evidenced by the fact that a rising number are consulting with StepChange Debt Charity.
The news source reported that, in 2013, the organization saw an 82 percent increase in applications, compared to 2012 figures. While some government leaders might take this to mean that the request for help means more regulations need to come into play, the rise actually presents a beneficial situation for lenders. Armed with the information that more borrowers want increasing education on loans and finances, companies can fill this niche and provide a lucrative service, not just products.
The StepChange data means, then, that there's an opportunity for U.K. representatives and lenders to work together to make sure borrowers know the terms and conditions before they sign up for loans. It's not more laws and restrictions that are needed to make a change in the nation, it's more information and teamwork. This way, people can still pursue the loans they want with the knowledge that leaders are there to back them up.