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Chapter 18 - Consumer Loans, Credit Cards, and Real Estate Lending

CHAPTER 18
CONSUMER LOANS, CREDIT CARDS, AND REAL ESTATE LENDING
Goal of This Chapter: To learn about the different types of loans lenders make to consumers
(individuals and families) and to real estate borrowers, and to understand the factors that
influence the profitability and risk of these loans. Additionally, the chapter also examines how
consumer and real estate loan rates may be determined and the options a loan officer has today in
pricing the loans extended to individuals and families.
Key Topics in This Chapter

Types of Loans for Individuals and Families


Unique Characteristics of Consumer Loans
Dodd-Frank, the Consumer Protection Bureau, and CARD
Evaluating a Consumer Loan Request
Credit Cards and Credit Scoring
Disclosure Rules and Discrimination
Consumer Loan Pricing and Refinancing
Chapter Outline

I. Introduction
II. Types of Loans Granted to Individuals and Families
A. Residential Mortgage Loans
B. Nonresidential Loans
1. Installment Loans
2. Noninstallment Loans
C. Credit Card Loans and Revolving Credit
D. New Credit Card Regulations
E. New Consumer Regulations: Dodd-Frank, CARD Act, and the New Consumer
Protection Bureau
1. Tricks and TrapsThe CARD Act and Revised Regulation Z Appear
2. Dodd-Frank Reforms and Protections Push the Rules Farther Down the Road
F. Debit Cards: A Partial Substitute for Credit Cards?
G. Rapid Consumer Loan Growth: Rising Debt-to-Income Ratios
III. Characteristics of Consumer Loans
IV. Evaluating a Consumer Loan Application
A. Character and Purpose
B. Income Levels
C. Deposit Balances
D. Employment and Residential Stability
E. Pyramiding of Debt
F. How to Qualify for a Consumer Loan
G. The Challenge of Consumer Lending
V. Example of a Consumer Loan Application
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VI. Credit Scoring Consumer Loan Applications


A. The FICO Scoring System
VII. Laws and Regulations Applying to Consumer Loans
A. Customer Disclosure Requirements
B. Outlawing Credit Discrimination
C. Predatory Lending and Subprime Loans
VIII. Real Estate Loans
A. Differences between Real Estate Loans and Other Loans
B. Factors in Evaluating Applications for Real Estate Loans
C. Home Equity Lending
D. The Most Controversial of Home Mortgage Loans: Interest-Only and Adjustable
Mortgages and the Recent Mortgage Crisis
IX. A Revised Federal Bankruptcy Code as Bankruptcy Filings Soar
X. Pricing Consumer and Real Estate Loans: Determining the Rate of Interest and Other Loan
Terms
A. The Interest Rate Attached to Nonresidential Consumer Loans
1. The Cost-Plus Model
2. Annual Percentage Rate
3. Simple Interest
4. The Discount Rate Method
5. The Add-On Loan Rate Method
6. Rule of 78s
B. Interest Rates on Home Mortgage Loans
1. Fixed-Rate Mortgages (FRMs)
2. Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs)
3. Charging the Customer Mortgage Points
XI. Summary of the Chapter
Concept Checks
18-1. What are the principal differences among residential loans, nonresidential installment
loans, noninstallment loans, and credit card or revolving loans?
Residential loans are credit to finance the purchase of a home or fund improvements on a private
residence. Nonresidential loans to individuals and families include installment loans and
noninstallment loans. Short-term to medium-term loans, repayable in two or more consecutive
payments (usually monthly or quarterly), are known as installment loans. Installment loans are
paid off gradually over time, whereas short-term loans that individuals and families draw upon
for immediate cash needs and are repayable in a lump sum at the end of the loan are known as
noninstallment loans.
Installment loans usually finance large-ticket purchases, such as automobiles or household
furniture, whereas noninstallment loans usually are directed at current living expenses.
Installment loans help the bank recover funds that can be reloaned more quickly but they
generally require a more intensive credit investigation by the bank. Bank credit cards offer
convenience and a revolving line of credit that customers can access whenever the need arises.

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18-2. Why do interest rates on consumer loans typically average higher than on most other
kinds of loans?
Interest rates on consumer loans are typically higher than on most other kinds of loans since they
are among the most costly as well as risky to make per dollar of loanable funds committed.
Consumer loans also tend to be cyclically sensitive. Moreover, demand for consumers loans tend
to be relatively inelastic to changes in interest rates.
18-3. What features of a consumer loan application should a loan officer examine most
carefully?
A loan officer should examine character and income level of the borrower, purpose of the loan,
employment and residential stability of the borrower, and pyramiding of debt when evaluating a
consumer loan application.
18-4. How do credit-scoring systems work?
Credit-scoring systems use statistical techniques (usually multiple discriminant analysis) to
evaluate the loan applications they receive from consumers. Credit-scoring systems are usually
based on discriminant models or related techniques, such as logit or probit analysis or neural
networks, in which several variables are used jointly to establish a numerical score for each
credit applicant. If the applicants score exceeds a critical cutoff level, he or she is likely to be
approved for credit in the absence of other damaging information. On the contrary, if the
applicants score falls below the cutoff level, credit is likely to be denied in the absence of other
mitigating factors.
18-5. What are the principal advantages to a lending institution of using a credit-scoring
system?
The credit scoring method has the advantage of being objective, requiring less loan officer
judgment, possibly reducing loan losses, reducing operating costs, and quicker evaluation of
applications when a large volume of consumer loans is being processed.
18-6. Are there any significant disadvantages to a credit-scoring system?
A credit-scoring system assumes that the same factors that separated good from bad loans in the
past will, with an acceptable risk of error, separate good from bad loans in the future. Clearly,
this underlying assumption can be wrong if the economy or other factors change abruptly. Also,
from a lending institutions perspective, it runs the risk of alienating those customers who feel
the lending institution has not fully considered their financial situation and the special
circumstances that may have given rise to their loan request. There is also the danger of being
sued by a customer under antidiscrimination laws if race, gender, marital status, or other
discriminating factors prohibited by statute or court rulings are used in a scoring system.

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18-7. In the credit-scoring system presented in this chapter, would a loan applicant who is a
skilled worker, lives with a relative, has an average credit rating, has been in his or her present
job and at his or her current address for exactly one year, has four dependents and a telephone,
and holds a checking account be likely to receive a loan? Please explain why.
Given, the credit scoring model in the chapter, the credit-score for the loan applicant can be
calculated as follows:
Skilled worker
80 points
Lives with friend or relative
20
Average credit rating
50
One year in current job
20
One year in current residence
10
Telephone in home
20
Number of Dependents:
More than three
40
Bank Accounts Held:
Checking Account only
20
Total Score
260 points
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Since the loan applicant's credit-score is below the cut-off score of 280 points, the loan request is
likely to be denied.
18-8. What is FICO and what does it do for lenders? Why is this credit-scoring system so
popular today?
FICO is a statistics based credit scoring system which computes the scores on the basis of
information available in a consumers credit files. It was developed by Fair Isaac Corporation.
Quick and easy access to objective and impartial credit scores makes it very useful tool for
lending institutions. In addition to being widely accepted, presence of a FICO score simulator
allows individuals to estimate what would happen to their FICO score if certain changes were
made in their personal financial profile has made the score popular.
18-9. What laws exist today to give consumers fuller disclosure about the terms and risks of
taking on credit?
The following federal laws give consumers who are borrowing money fuller disclosure about the
terms and risks of taking on credit:
a. Truth-in-Lending Act, 1968
b. Fair Credit Reporting Act
c. Fair Credit Billing Act, 1974
d. Fair Credit and Charge-Card Disclosure Act
e. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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The Truth-in-Lending Act mandates that lenders must provide their customers with information
on all loan charges and associated risks in a disclosure statement. The Fair Credit Reporting Act
gives individuals easier access to their credit-bureau records, the right to challenge information
contained therein, and to insist on the prompt correction of errors. The Fair Credit Billing Act
gives consumers the right to dispute billing errors and have those errors corrected. The Fair
Credit and Charge-Card Disclosure requires that customers applying for credit cards be given
early written notice (usually before a credit card is used for the first time) about required fees to
open or renew a credit account. Also, if a fee for renewal is charged, the customer must receive
written notice in advance. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act limits how far a creditor or
credit collection agency can go in pressing that customer to pay up.
18-10. What legal protections are available today to protect borrowers against discrimination?
Against predatory lending?
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act outlaws discrimination in lending based on race, age, sex,
religious preference, receipt of public assistance, or any other irrelevant factors. The Community
Reinvestment Act requires banks and other lending institutions to make an affirmative effort to
serve all segments of their designated market areas without discriminating against certain
neighborhoods.
Predatory lending is an abusive practice among some lenders that involves making loans to
borrowers with below-average credit rating and then charging them excessive fees and interest
rates, thereby increasing the risk of default. In 1994 Congress passed the Home Ownership and
Equity Protection Act, which was aimed to protect home owners from loan agreements they
could not afford. Loans with annual percentage rates (APR) of 10 percentage points or more
above the yield on comparable maturity U.S. Treasury securities and closing fees above 8 percent
of the loan amount are defined as abusive. Consumers have 6 days (three days before plus
three days after a home loan closing) in which to decide whether or not to proceed with the loan.
Also, credit granting institutions must fully disclose all fees, risks and prohibitory conditions
associated with the loan, failing which, a borrower has up to 3 years to rescind the transaction,
and lenders might be liable for all damages that occur.
18-11. In your opinion, are any additional laws needed in these areas?
Depending on one's point of view, a case can be made, both for and against the requirement of
more regulation to protect a consumers interest. Most, if not all, bankers and bank trade
associations, as well as many of the regulatory agencies, tend to agree that there are enough
existing laws and regulations in these areas. On the contrary, consumer groups and some elected
officials may argue that consumers, particularly in certain economic groups or communities,
need more legislations and/or regulation to protect their interests.
18-12. In what ways is a real estate loan unique compared to other kinds of bank loans?
Real estate loans differ from any other kind of loan in several aspects. The average size of a
mortgage loan is usually much higher than that of any other loan. Also, the duration of these
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significantly increase the associated risksincluding adverse changes in economic conditions,


interest rates, value of the collateral, and the health of the borrowerfor a lending institution.
18-13. What factors should a lender consider in evaluating real estate loan applications?
Some of the important factors to be considered in evaluating a real estate loan application are:
1. The amount of down payment planned by the borrower as a percentage of the purchase
price of the propertya critical factor in determining the safety level for a lending
institution.
2. Potential future business that can be gained as a result of providing a mortgage loan.
3. Amount and stability of the borrowers incomea determinant of the borrowers
capacity to service the debt as and when it becomes due.
4. The outlook for real estate sales in the local market area.
5. The outlook for interest rates in the economy
18-14. What is home equity lending, and what are its advantages and disadvantages for banks
and other consumer lending institutions?
Loans involving a borrowing base of the residual market value of a home (value over and above
the amount of any outstanding liens against the home), being drawn upon as collateral is known
as home equity lending.
Borrowers can secure home equity loans for second mortgage, college tuition, or any other
financial needs that they may have. Usually these loans carry a lower rate of interest than
consumer loans. It is advantageous for the lending institutions since these loans are secured
against the equity value of the property.
However, these loans are made on the premise that housing prices will not fall significantly. This
may not always be a correct assumption. If the housing market slows down and property prices
decline, the borrower may default. The banks will likely be forced to foreclose in such situations.
It may also face difficulty in selling the property in an already depressed market. Also, there is
always a risk of the banks reputation being harmed in the event of foreclosures. Moreover,
regulations prohibit the lending institutions from arbitrarily cancelling any home equity loans.
18-15. How is the changing age structure of the population likely to affect consumer loan
programs? What other forces are reshaping household lending today?
As people grow older, especially beyond the age of 40 or 45, they tend to make less use of credit
and to pay down outstanding debt obligations. This suggests that the total demand for consumer
credit per capita may fall, forcing banks and other consumer lenders to fight hard for profitable
consumer loan accounts. However, economic prosperity and higher disposable income has
allowed many young people to afford housing loans earlier than ever before. Some of the
important factors that shape the household lending industry include high consumer demand,
effective regulations, and innovations of the financial products that allow institutions to reduce
risks on their books and secure more capital, among others.

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18-16. What challenges have U.S. bankruptcy laws provided for consumers and those lending
money to them?
Recent changes in U.S. bankruptcy laws present serious challenges to consumer lending
institutions. Congress passed the Bankruptcy Reform Act in 1978, amending a federal
bankruptcy code that had stood since the turn of the century. While amendments in 1984
tightened up some of the loopholes in the 1978 law, the most recent reforms tipped the legal
scales substantially in favor of individuals filing bankruptcy petitions and more severely limited
the amount and kinds of debtors' assets that could be converted into cash for distribution to banks
and other creditors. However, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act
was signed in April of 2005. This law is likely to make it more difficult, expensive and time
consuming to file for bankruptcy. Consumers must complete a credit counseling program before
becoming eligible for filing bankruptcy. Also, a means test must be undertaken by consumers to
determine whether they are eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcywhich wipes out most debt
or whether they will have to file Chapter 13which requires them to have a court approved
repayment plan for their outstanding debt. Overall, the revised bankruptcy code is expected to
eventually reduce the cost of credit for the average borrower because it may tend to reduce the
incidence of bad loans. For the banks though, it may result in slow growth of credit card and
instalment loans as consumers become more cautious about running up too much debt and shift
more of their borrowing into housing-related loans because a bankrupts home (depending on the
laws in the borrowers home state) may be protected from seizure by creditors.
18-17. What options does a loan officer have in pricing consumer loans?
Most consumer loans, like most business loans, are priced off some base or cost rate, with a
profit margin and compensation for risk added on. This is known as cost plus model. Some of the
other pricing mechanisms followed in pricing a consumer loans are:
Annual percentage rate: The annual percentage rate is the internal rate of return (annualized) that
equates expected total payments for the lender with the amount of the loan.
Simple interest: This method computes the repayment amount by adding a flat rate of interest to
the borrowed amount adjusted for the length of time of borrowing.
The discount rate method: This method requires the customer to pay interest up front. Under this
approach, interest is deducted upfront and the customer receives the loan amount less any
interest owed.
The add-on rate method: This method of pricing involves adding up the entire interest cost to the
principal amount upfront before determining the instalments for the borrower.
Rule of 78s: This method determines the amount of interest income a lender is entitled to accrue
at any point in time from a loan that is being paid out in monthly installments.
Most installments and lump-sum payment loans are made with fixed interest rates. However, due
to increasing volatility in interest rates a large number of floating rate consumer loans have also
gained popularity.
18-18. Suppose a customer is offered a loan at a discount rate of 8 percent and pays $75 in
interest at the beginning of the term of the loan. What net amount of credit did this customer
receive? Suppose you are told that the effective rate on this loan is 12 percent. What is the
average loan amount the customer has available during the year?

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The amount of net credit received by the customer will be:

$75
= $937.5
8%

An effective rate of 12 percent implies an interest cost of 12 percent on the available funds to the
$75
= $625
borrower. Since the interest paid is $75, the average funds available will be:
12%
18-19. See if you can determine what APR you are charging a consumer loan customer if you
grant the customer a loan for five years payable in monthly installments, and the customer must
pay a finance charge of $42.74 per $100.
Assuming a borrowed amount of $100, the total amount to be repaid will be $142.74.
$142.74
= $2.379
Since the loan period is five years, the monthly installment will be:
512
Using the following equation for present value of an annuity ($2.379 in this case) and solving for
i will give us a monthly rate of 1.25%
1 1 i 60
$100 $2.379

Therefore, the APR charged on the loan will be 1.25% 12 = 15%


18-20. If you quote a consumer loan customer an APR of 16 percent on a $10,000 loan with a
term of four years that requires monthly installment payments, what finance charge must this
customer pay?
16%
1.333%
12
The equated monthly installments for the loan can be calculated as:
$10,000
= $283.4028
1- 1.0133 -48

0.0133

Thus, the total amount paid by the borrower will be: $283.4028 12 4 $13, 606.33
Therefore, finance charges on the loan equals; $13,606.33 - $10,000 = $3,606.33
Given an APR of 16 percent, the monthly rate of interest will be

18-21. What differences exist between ARMs and FRMs?


An ARM or adjustable rate mortgage is a mortgage whose interest rate changes over time,
usually based upon changes in some base or reference rate that reflects the cost of funds to the
lending institutions. An FRM or fixed rate mortgage is a mortgage whose interest rate does not
change throughout the tenure of the loan.
18-22. How is the loan rate figured on a home mortgage loan? What are the key factors or
variables?
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A home mortgage loan rate is usually based on the market rate of interest plus a premium based
on the amount of perceived credit risk of the borrower. It can either be a fixed rate or a floating
rate mortgage. One way to figure out the affordability of a home mortgage loan is to calculate the
required monthly mortgage payment to be paid by the borrower. This is a time value of money
calculation and the payment depends upon the loan principal, the interest rate, and the length of
the mortgage loan. An amount where both, the borrower and the lender, agree with each other
can be used to set the rate on the mortgage.
18-23. What are points? What is their function?
Often, home loan borrowers are required to pay an additional charge upfront called points. Each
point is equivalent to one percentage point. Total amount needed to be paid by the borrower
equals these points multiplied by the mortgage amount. Usually these extra charges are levied by
a lending institution to be able to earn a higher effective interest rate.
Problems and Projects
18-1. The Childress family has applied for a $5,000 loan for home improvements, especially to
install a new roof and add new carpeting. Bob Childress is a welder at Ford Motor Co., the first
year he has held that job, and his wife sells clothing at Wal-Mart. They have three children. The
Childresses own their home, which they purchased six months ago, and have an average credit
rating, with some late bill payments. They have a telephone, but hold only a checking account
with a bank and a few savings bonds. Mr. Childress has a $35,000 life insurance policy with a
cash surrender value of $1,100. Suppose the lender uses the credit scoring system presented in
this chapter and denies all credit applications scoring fewer than 360 points. Is the Childress
family likely to get their loan? What is the familys credit score? (Hint: For the occupation factor
take the average for the husbands and wifes occupations.)
The credit-scoring system presented in Chapter 18 is assumed here to have a cutoff point of 360
with credit requests denied when an applicants score is below 360. The Childress family would
score approximately as follows under the scoring system in the chapter:
Occupation (for skilled or clerical workers)
Housing Status (own home)
Credit Rating
Time in Job (one year or less)
Time at Current Address (one year or less)
Telephone
Number of Dependents:
More than three
Bank Accounts Held:
Checking Account only
Total

75 points (average of 70 and 80)


60
50
20
10
20
40
20
295 points

This credit request, in the absence of other mitigating factors, would be denied.

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18-2. Mr. and Mrs. Napper are interested in funding their children's college education by taking
out a home equity loan in the amount of $24,000. Eldridge National Bank is willing to extend a
loan, using the Nappers home as collateral. Their home has been appraised at $110,000, and
Eldridge permits a customer to use no more than 70 percent of the appraised value of a home as a
borrowing base. The Nappers still owe $60,000 on the first mortgage against their home. Is there
enough residual value left in the Nappers home to support their loan request? How could the
lender help them meet their credit needs?
The maximum credit line available to the Nappers under the bank's current home-equity loan
policy is:
($110,000 70%) - $60,000 = $17,000
This clearly is not a large enough borrowing base to cover the $24,000 loan requested. Many
banks make adjustments in the permissible loan amount if the customer has an above-average
level of income, other assets to pledge, relatively low mortgage debt obligations, and an
excellent credit rating. Thus, the Nappers may be able to qualify for an additional $7,000 in
loanable funds (perhaps by pledging other collateral) to make up the $24,000 they need.
18-3. Greg Lance has just been informed by a finance company that he can access a line of
credit of no more than $75,000 based upon the equity value in his home. Lance still owes
$180,000 on a first mortgage against his home and $25,000 on a second mortgage against the
home, which was incurred last year to repair the roof and driveway. If the appraised value of
Lances residence is $400,000, what percentage of the home's estimated market value is the
lender using to determine Lances maximum available line of credit?
Maximum credit line can be calculated as:
(Appraised Value Allowable percentage of market value) Mortgage loans outstanding or,
Maximum credit line + Mortgage loans outstanding
Allowable percentage of market value =
Appraised Value
Therefore,
$75,000 + $25,000 + $180,000
Allowable percentage of market value =
100 = 70%
$400,000
The lender is using approximately 70% of market value of Gregs home to determine his
available credit line.
18-4. What term in the consumer lending field does each of the following statements describe?
a. Plastic card used to pay for goods and services without borrowing money Debit card.
b. Loan to purchase an automobile and pay it off monthly Installment loan.
c. If you fail to pay the lender seizes your deposit Right of offset.
d. Numerical rating describing likelihood of loan repayment Credit score.
e. Loans extended to low-credit-rated borrowers Subprime loans.

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f. Loan based on spread between a homes market value and its mortgage balance Home equity
loans.
g. Method for calculating rebate borrower receives from retiring a loan early Rule of 78s.
h. Lender requires excessive insurance fees on a new loan Predatory lending.
i. Loan rate lenders must quote under the Truth in Lending Act APR.
j. Upfront payment required as a condition for getting a home loan Points.
18-5. Which federal law or laws apply to each of the situations described below?
a. A loan officer asks an individual requesting a loan about her race This is prohibited by the
Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
b. A bill collector called Jim Jones three times yesterday at his work number without first asking
permission This is prohibited by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
c. Sixton National Bank has developed a special form to tell its customers the finance charges
they must pay to secure a loan Disclosure of all charges are required under Truth in Lending
Act.
d. Consumer Savings Bank has just received an outstanding rating from federal examiners for its
efforts to serve all segments of its community Ratings are provided under the Community
Reinvestment Act.
e. Presage State Bank must disclose once a year the areas in the local community where it has
made home mortgage and home improvement loans Disclosure required under the Home
Mortgage Disclosure Act.
f. Reliance Credit Card Company is contacted by one of its customers in a dispute over the
amount of charges the customer made at a local department store This is a consumers right
under Fair Credit Billing Act.
g. Amy Imed, after requesting a copy of her credit report, discovers several errors and demands a
correction This is a right under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
18-6. James Smithern has asked for a $3,500 loan from Beard Center National Bank to repay
some personal expenses. The bank uses a credit-scoring system to evaluate such requests, which
contains the following discriminating factors along with their associated point weights in
parentheses:
Credit Rating (excellent 3; average 2; poor or no record 0)
Time in Current Job (five years or more, 6; one to five years, 3)

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Time at Current Residence (more than 2 years, 4; one to two years, 2; less than one year,
1)
Telephone in Residence (yes, 1; no, 0)
Holds Account at Bank (yes, 2; no, 0)
The bank generally grants a loan if a customer scores 9 or more points. Mr. Smithern has an
average credit rating, has been in his current job for three years and at his current residence for
two years, has a telephone, but has no account at the bank. Is James Smithern likely to receive
the loan he has requested?
The credit score for Mr. Smithem can be calculated as follows:
Credit rating: average
Time in current job: one to five years
Time in current residence: one to two years
Telephone: Yes
Holds Bank Account: No

2 points
3 points
2 points
1 point
0 points

Mr. Smithern's total credit score is 8. Given, the bank grants loans to applicants with credit
scores of 9 or more points, Mr. Smithern is not likely to receive a loan under this scoring system.
18-7. Yorktown Savings Bank, in reviewing its credit card customers, finds that of those
customers who scored 40 points or less on its credit-scoring system, 30 percent (or a total of
7,665 credit customers) turned out to be delinquent credits, resulting in total loss. This group of
bad credit card loans averaged $6,200 in size per customer account. Examining its successful
credit accounts Yorktown finds that 12 percent of its good customers (or a total of 3,066
customers) scored 40 points or less on the banks scoring system. These low-scoring but good
accounts generated about $1,000 in revenues each. If Yorktowns credit card division follows the
decision rule of granting credit cards only to those customers scoring more than 40 points and
future credit accounts generate about the same average revenues and losses, about how much can
the bank expect to save in net losses?
The total loss to the bank from delinquent customers is ($47,523,000 ($6,200 7,665). On the
other hand, paying credit-card customers (amounting to 3,066 customers) averaged a score of 40
points or less, but successfully generated about $1,000 a piece in revenues, resulting in aggregate
revenues of $3,066,000. By adopting a decision rule to grant credit-card privileges only to
customers scoring more than 40 points (and given the same average revenues and losses) the
bank will save $44,457,000 ($47,523,000 - $3,066,000) in net losses.
18-8 The Lathrop family needs some extra funds to put their two children through college
starting this coming fall and to buy a new computer system for a part-time home business. They
are not sure of the current market value of their home, though comparable four-bedroom homes
are selling for about $395,000 in the neighborhood. The Monarch University Credit Union will
loan 75 percent of the propertys appraised value, but the Lathrops still owe $235,000 on their
home mortgage and a home improvement loan combined. What maximum amount of credit is
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Maximum credit line can be calculated as:


(Current market value Allowable percentage of market value) - Mortgage loans outstanding or
($395,000 75%) - $235,000 = $61,250
Therefore, maximum amount of credit available to Lathrop family will be $61,250.
18-9 San Carlos Bank and Trust Company uses a credit-scoring system to evaluate most
consumer loans that amount to more than $2,500. The key factors used in its scoring system are
found at the conclusion of this problem.
The Mulvaney family has two wage earners who have held their present jobs for 18 months.
They have lived at their current street address for one year, where they rent on a six month lease.
Their credit report is excellent but shows only one previous charge. However, they are actively
using two credit cards right now to help with household expenses. Yesterday, they opened an
account at San Carlos and deposited $250. The Mulvaneys have asked for a $4,500 loan to
purchase a used car and some furniture. The bank has a cutoff score in its scoring system of 30
points. Would you make this loan for two years as they have requested? Are there factors not
included in the scoring system that you would like to know more about? Please explain.
Borrowers length of employment in his/her
present job:
More than one year
6 points
Less than one year
3 points
Borrowers length of time at current address:
More than 2 years
8 points
One to two years
4 points
Less than one year
2 points
Borrowers current home situation:
Owns home
7 points
Rents home or apartment
4 points
Lives with friend or relative
2 points

Credit bureau report:


Excellent
Average
Below average or no record
Credit cards currently active:
One card
Two cards
More than two cards
Deposit account(s) with bank:
Yes
No

8 points
5 points
2 points
6 points
4 points
2 points
5 points
2 points

The credit score for the Mulvaney family as per the credit-scoring system used by San Carlos
Bank and Trust will be as follows:
Length of Employment: More than one year
Length of time at Current Address: One to two years
Current Home Situation: Rented home
Credit Bureau Report: Excellent
Credit Cards Currently Active: 2 Cards
Deposit Accounts with Bank: Yes
Total

6 points
4
4
8
4
5
31 points

The Mulvaney family has a total credit score of 31. San Carlos Bank and Trust has a cutoff score
of 30 points, so the Mulvaneys are likely to receive their loan. The credit-scoring system of the

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bank, however, does not include the nature of employment of the borrower as a factor to consider
in providing loans. This is very important since it can determine the sensitivity of the capacity of
the borrower to repay to the funds to macro-economic variables.
18-10. Clyde Cook wants to start his own business. He has asked his bank for a $50,000 newventure loan. The bank has a policy of making discount-rate loans in these cases if the venture
looks good, but at an interest rate of prime plus 2. (The prime rate is currently posted at 4.25
percent.) If Mr. Cooks loan is approved for the full amount requested, what net proceeds will he
have to work with from this loan? What is the effective interest rate on this loan for one year?
Interest rate chargeable to Clyde is 4.25% + 2% = 6.25%
Therefore, interest amount charged upfront is: $50,000 6.25% = $3,125
Hence, the net proceeds for Clyde will be $50,000 - $3,125 = $46,875
Thus, effective interest rate on the loan can be calculated as

$3,125
100 = 6.667%
$46,875

18-11. The Michael family has asked for a 30-year mortgage in the amount of $325,000 to
purchase a home. At a 5.25 percent loan rate, what is the required monthly payment?
5.25
= 0.4375%
12
Therefore, the equated monthly payments on a 30-year mortgage at the rate of 5.25 percent per
annum for an amount of $325,000 can be calculated as:

$325,000

= $1,794.662
-360
1- 1.004375

0.004375

Given an annual rate of 5.25 percent, monthly rate is

18-12. Barb Jones received a $5,000 loan last month with the intention of repaying the loan in
12 months. However, Jones now discovers she has cash to repay the loan after making just three
payments. What percentage of the total finance charge is Jones entitled to receive as a rebate and
what percentage of the loan's finance charge is the lender entitled to keep?
In cases of pre-payment of loans, the rebate on interest to the borrower can be computed using
the Rule of 78s. Percentage of rebate that Barb Jones is entitled to receive will be:
1 + 2 + . . . + 9 45
= 100 = 57.69%
1+2+...+11+12 78
of the total finance charges on the loan. The lender is entitled to keep 100 - 57.69 = 42.31
percent of the finance charges associated with this loan.

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18-13. The Bender family has been planning a vacation to Europe for the past two years. Tabb
Savings agrees to advance a loan of $8,000 to finance the trip provided the Benders pay the loan
back in 12 equal monthly installments. Tabb will charge an add-on loan rate of 5.75 percent.
How much in interest will the Benders pay under the add-on rate method? What is the amount of
each required monthly payment? What is the effective loan rate in this case?
The amount of interest cost for the Benders will be: $8,000 5.75% = $460
$8000 $460
$705
Thus, the equated monthly payments will be =
12
Since the average funds owned during the year will be $4,000 (approximately), the effective
interest rate can be calculated as:
Interest owed
$460
100 or
100 = 11.5%
Average funds held during the Year
$4,000
18-14. Jane Zahrleys request for a five-year automobile loan for $39,000 has been approved.
Reston Bank will require equal monthly installment payments for 60 months. The bank tells Jane
that she must pay a total of $5,500 in finance charges. What is the loans APR?
Given finance charges of $5,500, the total amount to be repaid by Jane will be:
$39,000 + $5,500 = $44,500 .
$44,500
= $741.67 .
Thus, the equated monthly payments to be made by her is:
60
The monthly rate of interest can be calculated using a financial calculator or a spreadsheet. In
this instance the monthly rate will be 0.44313%. Therefore, APR charged by Reston Bank is
5.32% (0.44313% 12).
18-15. Susie Que has asked for a 25-year mortgage to purchase a home at Nags Head. The
purchase price is $465,000, of which Susie must borrow $395,000 to be repaid in monthly
installments. If Susie can get this loan for an APR of 5.50 percent, how much in total finance
charges must she pay?
5.5%
= 0.458%
12
The equated monthly installments that Susie will be required to pay can be calculated as:

$395,000

= $2,425.65
-300
1 - 1.0045833

0.0045833

Therefore, the total amount that she needs to repay is $727,693.68 ($2,425.65 300).
Thus, total finance charges on the mortgage loan is $332,693.68 (727,693.68 - $395,000).
Monthly rate for the mortgage will be

18-16. Mary Contrary is offered a $1,600 loan for a year to be paid back in equal quarterly
principal installments of $400 each. If Mary is offered the loan at 6 percent simple interest, how
much in total interest charges will she pay? Would Mary be better off (in terms of lower interest

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cost) if she were offered the $1,600 at 5 percent simple interest with only one principal payment
when the loan reaches maturity? What advantage would this second set of loan terms have over
the first set of loan terms?
If the principal of $400 is repaid every quarter, Mary will pay the following in interest on her
$1600 loan for one year at 6 percent simple interest:
First Quarter: I = $1,600 0.06 0.25 = $24
Second Quarter: I = $1,200 0.06 0.25 = $18
Third Quarter: I = $800 0.06 0.25 = $12
Fourth Quarter: I = $400 0.06 0.25 = $6
Therefore, total Interest owed = $24 + $18 + $12 + $6 = $60
However, if she was offered the $1,600 loan at a 5 percent simple interest rate and the loan is
repaid in lump sum at maturity, she will end up paying a total interest of:$80 ($1,600 0.05).
Therefore, purely from an interest cost point of view, Mary is better off borrowing using the first
option. However, in the second option she would have the full amount of $1,600 available for
use for one year.
18-17. Buck and Marie Rogers are negotiating with their local bank to secure a mortgage loan in
order to buy their first home. With only a limited down payment available to them, Buck and
Marie must borrow $300,000. Moreover, the bank has assessed them a half point on the loan.
What is the dollar amount of points they must pay to receive this loan? How much home
mortgage credit will they actually have available for their use?
The dollar amount of points that Buck and Marie are required to pay upfront is:
$300,000

0.5
= $1,500
100

Thus, the amount of funds available to the Rogers will be: $300,000 - $1,500 = $298,500
18-18. Dryden Banks personal loan department quotes Lance Greg a finance charge of $3.75 for
each $100 in credit the bank is willing to extend to him for a year (assuming the balance of the
loan is to be paid off in 12 equal installments). What APR is the bank quoting Lance? How much
would he save per $100 borrowed if he could retire the loan in six months?
Given the finance charge of $3.75, the total amount to be repaid by Lance is $103.75. Thus the
$103.75
= $8.645 . The monthly rate charged by the bank
equated monthly payments required is
12
can be calculated using a financial calculator or a spreadsheet. The rate charged by Dryden Bank
on this loan is 0.571%. Thus, the APR will be: 0.571 12 = 6.852 percent
If the loan is repaid by lance in six months:
The equated monthly payments at an APR of 6.852 percent can be calculated as:

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$100

= $17.002
-6
1 - 1.00571

0.00571

Thus, the total amount to be repaid in this case will be $102.008 ($17.002 12).
Therefore, dollar amount saved on every $100 borrowed, if repaid in six months will be $1.742
($103.75 - $102.008).

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