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Debtors (outside of Bankruptcy) Pay Personal Loans First – Do You?

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When we study the dynamics of debtors who do not have enough money to pay all creditors, it is interesting to note that personal loans were paid first.

The hierarchy that debtors pay their debts was found to be as follows:

  1. Personal Loans
  2. Auto Loans
  3. Mortgages
  4. Credit Cards

This order of payment preferences has been consistent since 2004.

Based on a study released at Trans Union’s Annual Financial Services Summit, this is counterintuitive.  Personal loans are not secured yet debtors pay these first.

The results are clear and it is believed that the duration of time of these loans (usually less than 30 months) is a principal factor in debtor’s decision process.

Which bills do you pay first?   Is your style the same as the study conclusions?