What is a fixed Rate and it's advantages and disadvantages

Fixed Rates - Good or Bad?

A fixed interest rate is an interest rate that remains the same for the term of a loan is fixed in for (e.g. 1 year, 3 years etc.). This means that the borrower will pay the same interest rate on the loan for the entire fixed period of the loan, regardless of changes in market interest rates. This contrasts with adjustable-rate (floating) loans, in which the interest rate can change over time based on changes in market interest rates.

The most common fixed mortgage terms are between 1 and 5 years. A fixed mortgage rate can provide borrowers with predictability and stability in their monthly mortgage payments, making budgeting and financial planning easier.

Advantages of a fixed interest rate:

    1. Predictability: Borrowers know exactly what their interest rate and monthly payment will be for the life of the loan, making budgeting and financial planning easier.                       
    2. Stability: A fixed interest rate provides stability in a volatile interest rate environment, protecting borrowers from potential rate hikes.                
    3. Rate: Fixed rates are typically lower than adjustable (floating) rates, meaning borrowers may pay less in interest over the life of the loan.
  1. Disadvantages of a fixed interest rate:

    1. Limited flexibility: Borrowers may be locked into a higher interest rate if rates fall after the loan is taken out.                                                    
    2. Lump repayments: Many lenders will limit extra 'lump' repayment amounts during a fixed period.


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