Personal Loan Early Settlement Calculation And Bank Requirements


how to settle your personal loan early

Updated: 11th October 2018

We all have different financing needs at different times of our life. There are times when we need cash for urgent needs, whereas at other times we may wish to clear our existing debts or to fund other financing needs.

In Malaysia, almost all banks allow early settlement of personal loans which allows you to clear your debts before its full maturity.

Why you should settle your Personal Loan early

why you should settle your loan early

One reason to do so is when you are looking to get a mortgage loan to buy a house.

If you have heard of credit rating agencies such as CCRIS or CTOS, you should know that banks decide to offer you a loan based on your credit score It is derived from your existing loans, debt service ratio, payment track record, and other financing-related indicators – your financial health, so to speak.

Another good reason for you to settle your personal loan early is to allow your money to grow to its fullest potential. When you have an outstanding personal loan, you will always have to pay interest rates as a cost to the bank for the loan. If you truly want to achieve financial freedom or retire stress-free, getting rid of your personal loan is a step towards that.

However, recognizing that not many know the terms or the benefits you can reap, here are 16 personal loans in Malaysia and their terms for an early settlement to help you find the loan for your needs.

But first, you should understand what is Rule of 78 and concept of Ibra’ which will be used to calculate the interest rates for personal loans by banks.

For Rule of 78, the calculation of the proportion of principal and interest payable for the entire loan, assumes that the interest forms a larger percentage of the monthly installments during the early stage of the loan. The borrower shall repay all monthly installments payable over the unexpired period subject to the rebate.

Calculate rebate based on the ‘Rule of 78’:

(n-3) (n-2) x I/ N(N+1) = R

R= Rebate (RM)

n= Number of Monthly Installments over the unexpired period

N= Loan Tenure

I= Interest payable for the whole Loan Tenure (RM)

Example

A 60-month loan (5 years) with a principal amount of RM50,000 and interest rate of 12% per annum, but with the early settlement after 20 months (where early settlement notice is served on the Bank before the next Monthly Installment due date), is provided below:

N = 60

n = 60 – 20

I = 50,000 x 12/100 x 5 = 30,000

R (This is your rebate on outstanding loan)* = (40-3)(40-2)/ 60(60+1) x 30,000 = RM11,524.59

As for Islamic banking, Ibra’  denotes the granting of the rebate by Islamic banks at their discretion to customers who settle their debt obligations arising from sale-based contracts earlier than the agreed settlement period.

The Formula of Ibra’:

Rebate = [n (n+1) / N (N+1)] x PM

n = Remaining months to maturity

N = Total Tenure of Financing in Months

PM = Total Profit Margin

Sample:

Early Settlement in 20 months

Financing Amount: RM5,000

Outstanding Bank’s Sale Price: RM7,320

Tenure: 5 years (60 months)

Profit Rate: 24%

n = 60 – 20 = 40

N = 5 years (60 months)

PM = (RM5,000 X 24% X 5) : RM6,000

Rebate (Ibra’):

[40 (40 + 1) / 60 (60 + 1)] X RM6,000 = RM2,688.52

Total payable amount after Ibra’:

RM7,320.00 – RM2,688.52 = RM4,631.48

16 Personal Loans in Malaysia and their Early Settlement Requirements

1. Maybank Personal Loan

  • Early Settlement Fee: RM200 or a sum equivalent to 3% of the loan outstanding balance, whichever is higher (only if settled within the 1st half of the loan tenure.)
  • Notice Period: One month.
  • Loan restructure: Not allowed once the loan is approved and disbursed. The extra payment will be treated as an advance payment to reduce your installment in the following month. You will not be able to redraw the extra payment made.
  • Rebate: Not available.

2. Hong Leong Personal Loan

  • Early settlement fee: None.
  • Notice period: Three months prior written notice to the Bank, or payment of three (3) months’ interest on the amount redeemed in lieu of notice.
  • Rebate: Available. The rebate will be calculated based on the ‘Rule of 78’ or ‘Sum of Digits’ which are practiced by most of the commercial banks in Malaysia as shown above.

3. Alliance Bank Personal Loan

  • Early settlement fee: None
  • Notice Period: Three months written notice or interest rate in lieu of such notice.
  • Rebate: The rebate for interest shall be calculated in accordance with the formula based on ‘Rule of 78’ and you can refer to the same formula and example as shown above.

4. CIMB & CIMB Islamic Cash Plus Personal Loan & Xpress Cash Financing-i

  • Early settlement fee: None.
  • Notice period: One month.
  • Rebate: Ibra’ is applied as shown above.

5. Bank Islam Personal Financing-i

  • Early settlement fee: None.
  • Notice period: Not disclosed. However, it is probably better to inform the bank at least a month earlier for early settlement. You may contact Bank Islam’s contact center for more information.
  • Rebate: The formula of Ibra’ is applied. For more information, you refer to the formula and example as shown above.

6. UOB Personal Loan

  • Early settlement fee: Charged at 3% on the total balance outstanding (principal + interest), subject to a minimum of RM300, whichever is higher.
  • Notice period: One month.
  • Rebate: Applicable with the formula below:
    • Rebate= C^r (r+1)/t (t+1)
      C = Interest payable for the whole Tenure
      r = Number of remaining monthly installment months of the Tenure
      t = Whole Tenure in months

7. HSBC Amanah Personal Financing-i

  • Early settlement fee: None.
  • Notice period: One month.
  • Rebate: No.

8. Standard Chartered CashOne

  • Early settlement fee: Not disclosed but applicable.
  • Notice period: At least one month for bank to provide you with the total amount due.
  • Rebate: No.

9. AEON Credit Service Personal Financing

  • Early settlement fee: None.
  • Notice period: One month.
  • Rebate: Available but not disclosed.

10. Bank Rakyat Personal Financing-i Swasta

  • Early settlement fee: Applicable but not disclosed.
  • Notice period: One month
  • Rebate: Applicable based on the concept of Ibra’ (please refer to the formula as shown above).

11. MBSB Personal Financing-i

  • Early settlement fee: None.
  • Notice period: One month.
  • Rebate: Applicable based on the concept of Ibra’ (please refer to the formula as shown above).

12. Bank Simpanan Nasional Eksekutif-1

  • Early settlement fee: Applicable but not disclosed.
  • Notice period: One month.
  • Rebate: Applicable based on the concept of Ibra’. (Please refer to the formula and example as shown above.)

13. Ambank Islamic Personal Financing-I For Private Sector

  • Early settlement fee: Not disclosed.
  • Notice period: Not disclosed.
  • Rebate: Applicable based on the concept of Ibra’. (Please refer to the formula and example as shown above.)

14. RHB Personal Financing

  • Early settlement fee: RM100.00 or 1% of the outstanding balance of the loan, whichever is higher, is charged if prepayment in full is made during the lock-in period of 6 months from the date of the letter of approval is issued.
  • Notice period: Not disclosed.
  • Rebate: Applicable based on the ‘Rule of 78’.

15. Citibank Personal Loan

  • Early settlement fee: RM200 or 3% of the outstanding balance of the loan, whichever is higher if you fully settle your Loan within first two years or before reaching half of the loan tenure, whichever earlier, starting from the date of full disbursement of the loan.
  • Notice period: Not disclosed.
  • Rebate: Not disclosed.

16. Agro Bank AgroCash-i

  • Early settlement fee: Not disclosed.
  • Notice period: Not disclosed.
  • Rebate: Applicable based on the concept of Ibra’. (Please refer to the formula and sample as shown above.)

Based on this list, we hope that it helps you to understand better the requirements you need to fulfill and rebates you are entitled (if applicable) for settling your loan earlier than you should. At the same time, we would like to shout out to the banks and financing providers to provide more information to the public and help consumers to make a better decision!

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