What is a Floating loan and it's advantages and disadvantages

What is a Floating Loan?

A floating loan, also known as a variable rate loan or adjustable rate loan, is a type of loan where the interest rate can fluctuate over the life of the loan based on changes in a benchmark rate (Official Cash Rate) set by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

This contrasts with a fixed rate where the interest rate remains the same throughout the term of the loan.

Advantages of a floating loan:

  • Flexibility: The interest rate on a floating loan can change based on the market conditions, allowing borrowers to take advantage of lower rates if they occur.
  • Good for short term lending: If users of a floating rate are aware of money coming their way. E.g., Inheritance, sale proceeds from an existing property or asset.

Disadvantages of a floating loan:

  • Interest rate risk: The interest rate on a floating loan can increase, potentially resulting in higher monthly payments. 
  • Budgeting and financial planning: Uncertainty over future interest rate changes can make budgeting and long-term financial planning more difficult for borrowers.
  • Risk of rate hikes: If the market interest rate goes up the borrowers would have to pay more interest which can be a burden on the borrowers.

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