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Debt Management Plan Vs Debt Settlement

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In today's fast-paced world, financial terminology often goes around us, especially if we've taken the path of loans. Among the phrases commonly tossed into conversations by collection agents and loan aggregators are "debt management" and "debt settlement plan." Let's dive into these concepts and unravel their distinctions.

a) Debt Settlement: This process unfolds when you decide to negotiate the amount of money you borrowed from the loan aggregator. In essence, debt settlement implies that you'll be paying back an amount less than the initial loan amount. Typically, this occurs when financial constraints make fulfilling the original repayment terms challenging. It becomes a viable option for individuals who want to promptly settle their account but lack the financial means to meet the full obligation.

b) Debt Management Plan: In contrast, a debt management plan involves a comprehensive understanding and handling of your debts. Rather than seeking a reduction in the owed amount, this approach focuses on repaying the original sum. The key distinction lies in the commitment to paying back the entire borrowed amount, not a negotiated, reduced figure.

Here, the borrower gains insights into their financial landscape, determining the amounts owed to various lenders. Having this knowledge, they start the journey of repayment. The debt management plan offers flexibility in choosing which loans to prioritize – whether starting with those with lower balances or opting for higher interest rates. This flexibility allows borrowers to customize their repayment strategy based on their financial capabilities and goals.

Methods within Debt Management: Within the realm of debt management plans, two popular methods often surface: the snowball method and the avalanche method (you can read about them in our previous articles). These strategies provide a roadmap for systematically repaying debts.

In conclusion, while debt settlement and management plans address the challenge of outstanding debts, they diverge in their approaches. Debt settlement seeks a negotiated reduction in the owed amount, often appealing to those facing immediate financial constraints. On the other hand, debt management plans focus on a comprehensive understanding of debts, prioritizing the repayment of the originally borrowed amounts. The choice between the two depends on individual financial circumstances and goals.

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