30 Dec

Focus on What You Can Control During a Recession

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Discussions about an upcoming recession are extremely frightening. Focusing on what you can control is a good way to be prepared and maintain your sanity.

The most important thing is to focus on what you can influence in your own life. While things may seem scary and the unknown is looming, it’s going to be all right! Look hard at your job security, debt, and investments.

Secure Your Job

The first step is to look at the money you earn, which means you should consider the safety of your work. Make yourself indispensable in your job in order to create job security. To complement your role, learn new skills and begin to acquire more responsibilities. Pursuing an education is one of the best investments you can make.

You should also get your resume together and start networking in order to be prepared for a Plan B. If a recession hits, you don’t want to start a job search with a bunch of other people already laid off. By networking ahead of time, you’ll have a head start.

Pay Down Debt

If you have high-interest debt, now is the best time to begin aggressively attacking it. Prioritize debt starting from credit cards and switch to other types of loans, such as mortgages or auto loans. Student loans have more favorable terms, making it less important to pay them off.

One technique that is often advised by experts in the form of a debt avalanche. The plan is to continue to pay the minimum on each balance, on time, but put any extra money on balance with the highest APR.

To order to create some breathing room in your budget, it is important that you pay down any outstanding debt, more precisely high-cost debt, such as your credit card balance.

Start Saving

If a recession truly scares you, take your budget out and start cutting expenses now. The money you save can go straight into your emergency fund, which can be kept in a high-yield savings account with zero market risk and even growth opportunities.

Regardless of the condition of the economy, maintaining an emergency fund is key. After all, an enormous medical bill or temporary income loss may occur at any time. The first line of defense against debt is to support yourself with a cash safety net.

Recessions can be worrisome, but if you follow these tips and help prepare yourself for a recession, you may come out of it smoothly! Follow our blog for more recession tips. If you have any questions, call RMLEFCU at 303-458-6660.

12 Jun

What is Debt Protection Insurance?

Debt Protection Insurance

Debt protection insurance is designed to help borrowers by providing financial support in times of need. Whether it’s due to unemployment, sickness, or disability, debt protection insurance can protect the insured from defaulting on their loans.

There are a lot of benefits to this type of protection that will protect you and your family more directly and thoroughly in an unexpected event. If you haven’t thought of debt protection insurance yet, here is a list of reasons why you should consider debt protection options from your local credit union.

RMLEFCU offers you six different options, giving you the flexibility to pick the Debt Protection package that’s right for you. Each option has specific eligibility requirements and a different range of benefits.

Do I Need Debt Protection Insurance?

Debt Protection provides you with the peace of mind of knowing your monthly loan payments will be canceled in the event of death, disability or involuntary unemployment. The cost of debt protection insurance depends on where you live and how much coverage you would like to have. Debt protection insurance can be very expensive if you have a poor credit score and you might end up paying a higher premium for coverage. However, having debt protection insurance can pay off when you select a policy that is inexpensive and will provide the amount of coverage that’s right for you.

A great thing about debt protection insurance is that it helps maintain your current credit score because the policy enables you to keep up-to-date with loan payments. The policy will continue to pay your loans in times of financial crisis, so your credit score is not affected.

Are There Other Options?

If you’re unsure of getting a debt protection insurance policy or if the premium is too high, there are other options you can take to protect yourself and your family from defaulting on a loan. Here are some alternate solutions you can consider to protect your loan:

  • Life insurance or disability insurance to protect the loan
  • Using long term savings to repay the loan when an unexpected situation occurs
  • Building larger emergency savings to cover your loans
  • Asking family if you can rely on them to pay the debt if necessary

Keep in mind a debt protection policy is beneficial if the premium payments are affordable. Look at it like protection plans offered on small and large appliances and other goods you buy at retail stores. If the plan would set you back an extra $15, it’s probably worth it to protect your expensive item.

How Do I Get Started?

Speak to your local credit union or bank today to see how you can get started on obtaining a debt protection insurance policy!

If you’re an RMLEFCU member, speak with one of our loan representatives today by calling us at 303-458-6660 or sending an email to lending@rmlefcu.org for complete details — including the monthly cost for each option.

We can discuss this program with you, explain how it is different from traditional credit insurance, and provide you with a copy of our new Debt Protection Brochure which outlines the details of each one of our Debt Protection options.

13 Sep

Using a Home Equity Line of Credit to Pay Off Debt

Attention: Please read this article until the end. 

Pay off debts with HELOC Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit UnionA Home Equity Line of Credit, or HELOC as we will refer to it, is an amount of credit that we extend to a homeowner based on their credit history and the value of their home. A HELOC differs from a mortgage in that you will only pay interest on the money you draw from your line of credit. For example, if you accept a HELOC of $10,000 and never draw from it, you will not have to pay any interest. If you choose to take $5,000 from your HELOC, that you will pay back $5,000 with interest.

Wait, wait, wait. I know what you you’re thinking. Whoever, is writing this article must be taking advantage of the recent legalization of a certain green substance in Colorado. How can you pay off debt, by taking on more debt? Great catch.

The advantages of getting a HELOC is that by using your home as collateral, you will receive a considerably lower interest rate than with the credit card where your debt is now. At the time of this writing we are offering a HELOC with amazingly low rates based on the prime rate plus 0 points (based on current Loan to Value (LTV) and your credit history.) At 3.25% (as of 9/12/14) that is insanely low! What is the interest rate on your credit card? 20%? 25%? 30%? More?! Even our Visa Platinum Select without rewards credit card is 6.75% which is still double the rate of a HELOC.

By using a HELOC to pay off debts with higher interest rates, you can save a lot of money in interest, and pay off your debts faster. To make things even more convenient, we offer the HELOC on a Visa card so you have access to it on the go. No waiting for a check and no waiting for approval.

IMPORTANT! DO NOT STOP READING.

The dangers of using a HELOC to pay off debts.

A Home Equity Line of Credit is an extremely powerful privilege. And like any powerful privilege such as yielding the Excalibur,captaining the Starship Enterprise, or having the power to read minds, a HELOC requires great self-control and responsibility. Read More

13 Jun

Financial Problems? Don’t go it alone.

Financial Problems Debts RMLEFCUYou love being part of a credit union. By being a member you have access to great interest rates on loans, earning interest on your checking account, and low credit card rates. Not to mention the conscientious customer service you receive during every transaction. During the good times, RMLEFCU is there for you helping you save money and make your purchases. However, what happens when times aren’t so good? RMLEFCU is still there for you. Don’t forget that when you are part of a credit union, you are not just a customer, you are actually a part owner of our institution. Read More