Besides interest rates, you should also take the following factors into account:
Generally, for applications of a Hang Seng Handy Cash Personal Instalment Loan made online, via the 24-hour Application Hotline or in person at a Hang Seng Bank branch, the customer can enjoy same-day approval and cash disbursement if Hang Seng receives all required documents by the designated time (subject to the actual situation and circumstances at the time of application).
Please view Hang Seng Handy Cash Personal Instalment Loan page for related Terms and Conditions.
Hang Seng bank account is not a prerequisite when applying for a personal loan. If the customer does not have a Hang Seng bank account, he/she will be required to open one for loan disbursement and repayment upon loan approval. Customers can go to any of Hang Seng Bank branches for account opening.
Generally, in order to assess the creditworthiness of the customers, banks will check with a CRA to collect information about individual's indebtedness and credit history. If customers wish to get credit reports, the bank will provide the contact details of the relevant CRA.
In general, no.
Although saving money from your monthly income is a good way to accumulate sufficient cash to buy or do the things you want, this involves a "time cost" - you have to wait until you have saved enough money and take inflation into account when purchasing things - a car for example.
In addition, this "time cost" can result in missing a timely investment opportunity or bargain sale season. Or when there is emergency, you will need extra cash immediately. If budget is out of control and debts keep increasing, debt restructuring or refinancing could be essential.
So there are many good reasons for taking out a loan. You can find many different kinds of loan to suit individual needs, the trick is to know which one is best for you.
Only borrow what you actually need, not what you might want. It is unwise to spend more than 30% of your gross monthly income on loan repayments (except home mortgage can be up to 50%). You must also calculate your other commitments and make sure you can afford to repay the loan without leaving yourself short of money each month.
You should balance the amount you borrow and the amount you can afford to repay each month, as the tenor directly affects the monthly repayment amount. You must have enough income left after repaying loan to live and save some money. In most cases, you should make sure that the repayment period is not longer than the duration of whatever you are buying or doing.
Yes. A regular monthly income makes repayments easy and allows you to plan your budget. However, if you have an irregular income and unable to budget for a fixed monthly repayment, or you just need a standby facility for use. In these cases, you can choose a loan with flexible repayment options, such as a revolving loan or an overdraft facility.
An instalment loan requires you to repay the principal and interest regularly, usually monthly. Interest is calculated at a predetermined interest rate according to the loan tenor you selected.
A revolving loan or an overdraft is a credit limit granted to your revolving or current account, usually for standby purposes. Interest is calculated on the drawn amount on a daily basis. The main difference between the two is the money withdrawal method. A revolving loan involves an ATM card or credit card to withdraw cash at an ATM machine or make transactions at merchants by EPS.
An unsecured overdraft facility involves the current account and the transactions made through this account. No withdrawal fee will be charged for an unsecured overdraft facility.
With Asset Link Secured Overdraft Facility, you can pledge a wide range of assets (e.g., deposits, shares, bonds or investment funds) held at Hang Seng Bank to obtain a revolving credit line and transform them to enjoy extra liquidity. You can also transfer additional assets from other financial institutions to Hang Seng Bank for consolidation to enjoy convenient financial management.
Yes, the pledged assets remain freely tradable providing that you have already settled any outstanding balance with the sale proceeds.
Yes, you can also apply for the Asset Link Secured Overdraft Facility.
Monthly flat rate is the common method adopted by financial institutions to calculate the monthly repayment amount for an instalment loan, as illustrated below:
Principal = Loan Amount + Handling Fee
Handling Fee = Loan Amount x Handling Fee % p.a. x Tenor / 12
Interest = Principal x Monthly Flat Rate x Tenor
Monthly Repayment Amount = (Principal + Interest) / Tenor (round up to 1 decimal place)
Annualised Percentage Rate (APR) is calculated using the Net Present Value Method according to the Code of Banking Practice. It includes the basic interest rate, other fees and charges of a product by presenting in the format of annualised rate (if applicable).
APR is a tool for comparing interest rates, and expressing the repayment amount and loan amount ratio.
Some common additional costs include:
Generally the bank needs the following for processing a loan application:
Examples regarding the breakdown of principal and interest in the monthly repayment of Hang Seng Personal Instalment Loan (Including Hang Seng Handy Cash Personal Instalment Loan, Hang Seng Debt Consolidation Instalment Loan and Hang Seng Tax Comforter)
Using 12 months tenor loan as an example, the interest charge is divided into 78 portions. The denominator of a “Rule of 78” loan is the sum of the number of monthly payments in the loan. For a 12 month loan, the sum of numbers from 1 to 12 is 78 (12 + 11 + 10 + . . . + 1 = 78). 12/78s of the interest is assessed as the first month’s portion of the total interest, 11/78s of the interest is assessed as the second month’s portion of the total interest and so on until the 12th month at which time 1/78s of the interest is assessed as that month’s portion of the total interest. Following the same pattern, the sum of 1 to 36 is 666 (36 + 35 + 34 + . . . + 1 = 666), hence 36/666s of the interest is assessed as the first month’s interest portion of a 36 months loan.
Example of calculating interest portion of each month:
A customer borrows a 36-month loan of HKD50,000 at a monthly flat rate of 0.65%, with 1% p.a. handling fee added on to the principal. Therefore, the total loan principal is HKD51,500.
Monthly interest = HKD51,500 x 0.65% = HKD334.75
Interest for the full term = HKD334.75 x 36 (instalments) = HKD12,051
Monthly repayment amount = (HKD51,500 + HKD12,051) / 36 (monthly payments) = HKD1,765.31
Based on the Rule of 78, the amount of interest paid each month
= Interest for the full term x Remaining number of monthly payments over / Sum of the number of monthly instalments in the loan (For 36 monthly payments, it will be=36+35+…+2+1=666)
The calculation is as follows:
|Number of instalment||Interest||Principal repaid|
|1||HKD12,051 x 36/666 = HKD651.41||HKD1,765.31 – HKD651.41 = HKD1,113.90|
|2||HKD12,051 x 35/666 = HKD633.31||HKD1,765.31 – HKD633.31 = HKD1,132.00|
|Ellipsis for the 3rd month to the 34th|
|35||HKD12,051 x 2/666 = HKD36.19||HKD1,765.31 – HKD36.19 = HKD1,729.12|
|36||HKD12,051 x 1/666 = HKD18.09||HKD1,765.31 – HKD18.09 = HKD1,747.22|
The above example shows that nearly 10% of the interest for the full term is repaid in the first two monthly payments.
The above example is for reference only. For enquiry, please call our Personal Loan Service Hotline (852) 2997 3882
Generally speaking, the earlier a borrower makes loan repayment, the more outstanding interest payments are likely to be saved. Nevertheless, borrowers should consider the early repayment charges involved before deciding whether to pay off their loans early or not. Borrowers need to be aware that individual banks use different ways to apportion interest and principal in the monthly repayment amounts. Hang Seng uses “Rule of 78” to calculate the apportionment of principal and interest in the monthly repayment of personal instalment loan. Even though the monthly repayment amount is the same throughout the loan tenor, more interest will, in general, be included in earlier repayments, and less on principal. In other words, where a borrower has been making repayments as scheduled for some time, the amount of outstanding interest is likely to be small. If the borrower chooses to pay off the loan early at this point of time, the loss may outweigh the gain as the amount of interest saved may not be enough to cover the relevant charges for early repayment. The borrower is advised to first check with the bank about the total amount involved in early repayment (including outstanding loan balance, early repayment charges and other fees, etc.) and the amount of outstanding interest. He/she should then compare different scenarios and consider carefully before making a decision of repaying early or not.
For the illustration example of "Rule of 78", please refer to "Personal Instalment Loan Repayment Schedule Sample" under "Useful Information" of Personal Instalment Loan or our Bank’s website (Personal Banking>Loans>Personal Instalment Loan>FAQ).
To check the amount of early repayment penalty and outstanding interest of your personal instalment loan, please call our Personal Loan Service Hotline (852) 2997 3882
Illustration Examples of Repayment Schedule and Early Repayment for Hang Seng Personal Instalment Loan (Including Hang Seng Handy Cash Personal Instalment Loan, Hang Seng Debt Consolidation Instalment Loan and Hang Seng Tax Comforter)
This illustration is intended to show the apportionment of principal and interest in the monthly repayment of Hang Seng Personal Instalment Loan based on the “Rule of 78” method and assumptions as stated below. This method allows the interest payments decrease disproportionately during the course of the loan period.
This illustration below is for reference only which does not reflect the actual repayment process and the allocation of principal and interest regarding individual loan account.
A 24-month loan of HKD150,000 at a monthly flat rate of 0.20%, with 1% p.a. handling fee added on to the principal.
Therefore, the total loan principal is HKD153,000. The Annualised Percentage Rate (APR) is 6.68%.
Monthly interest = HKD153,000 x 0.20% = HKD306.00
Interest for the full term = HKD306.00 x 24 (instalments) = HKD7,344
Monthly Repayment Amount= (HKD153,000 + HKD7,344) / 24 (monthly payments) = HKD6,681.00
Based on the Rule of 78, the amount of interest paid each month
= Interest for the full term x (Remaining number of monthly payments / Sum of the number of monthly instalments in the loan (For 24 monthly payments, it will be 24+23+…+2+1=300)
Example of Repayment Schedule of each month:
|Number of instalment||Monthly Repayment Amount (HKD)||Interest Payment (HKD)||Principal Repaid Payment (HKD)||Outstanding Principal (HKD)|
Scenario 1: Early settlement after repayment on 10th instalment (i.e. remaining tenor is 14-month)
|Early repayment fee||1,819.27||2% of outstanding principal on 10th instalment (i.e. 2% of HKD90,963.601)|
|Next instalment interest||342.721||Interest payment on 11th instalment|
|Total early repayment fee||2,161.99||-|
|Amount of interest saved by early repayment =||2,227.68||Sum of interest payment from 12th to 24th instalment|
In the above scenario, the total early repayment penalty is HKD2,161.99 while the amount of interest saved by early repayment is HKD2,227.68. The amount of interest saved by early repayment is enough to cover the relevant charges for early repayment.
Scenario 2) Early settlement after repayment on 11th instalment (i.e. remaining tenor is 13-month)
|Early repayment fee||1,692.51||2% of outstanding principal on 11th instalment (i.e. 2% of HKD84,625.322)|
|Next instalment interest||318.242||Interest payment on 12th instalment|
|Total early repayment fee||2,010.75||-|
|Amount of interest saved by early repayment =||1,909.44||Sum of interest payment from 13th to 24th instalment|
In the above scenario, the total early repayment penalty is HKD2,010.75 while the amount of interest saved by early repayment HKD1,909.44. The amount of interest saved by early repayment is not enough to cover the relevant charges for early repayment. Thus, if customer chooses to fully pay off the loan early after repayment on 11th instalment, the loss may outweigh the gain.
The above information is for reference only. Customer is advised to pay attention on whether interest expenses are saved by making early repayment of personal instalment loan. For enquiring the relevant fees & charges of loan account, please call our Personal Loan Service Hotline (852) 2997 3882
The Annualised Percentage Rate is calculated using the Net Present Value Method in accordance with the Code of Banking Practice. The Annualised Percentage Rate is a reference rate which includes the basic interest rate and other fees and charges of a product expressed as an annualised rate (if applicable).
100% Personal Loan Guarantee Scheme is guaranteed by Government for the individuals who are suffering from loss of main recurrent incomes from employment due to the pandemic. You may also browse The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited (“HKMC”)’s website www.hkmc.com.hk/plgs or contact HKMC Insurance Limited (“HKMCI”)’s enquiry hotline at (852) 2536 0392 for more details.
Hang Seng Bank’s 100% Personal Loan Guarantee Scheme is applicable for our existing customers who are maintaining a valid Hang Seng Bank personal account. The standardized Annualised Percentage Rate (“APR”) is fixed at 1% per annum. Loan amount is up to HKD100,000 or 9 times of the average monthly income during employment period (whichever is lower). Repayment period is 120 months with a 18-month principal repayment holiday.
Yes, you can apply for the top-up loan through Hang Seng Bank if you have applied for and successfully drawn down the loan under the 100% Personal Loan Guarantee Scheme through Hang Seng Bank previously.
Please refer to the following for the eligibility:
The Borrower shall provide the following documentary proofs of previous employment or business in Hong Kong and main recurrent income for at least 3 months during the specified period between January 2020 and February 2022:
The Borrower shall provide documentary proofs of unemployment, laid-off or business cessation status:
Unemployed, laid-off or cessation of business (for self-employed Borrower) for at least 2 consecutive months at the time of loan application and can produce proof of loss of more than 50% main recurrent income from employment (not applicable to business owner) or loss of main recurrent incomes from employment business in Hong Kong.
Customers can submit the application via Hang Seng Bank’s website www.hangseng.com/plgs or Hang Seng Bank branches.
Customer may enjoy full rebate of the interest after the loan and interest are fully repaid by the end of the scheduled repayment period. The interest rebate will be credited to customer’s repayment account within 2 months after Hang Seng Bank has received the relevant interest rebate from the HKMC. Please ensure that the account status is normal before receiving the interest rebate.
No. Customer may enjoy full rebate of the interest after the loan and interest are fully repaid by the end of the scheduled repayment period despite early settlement or any interim delinquencies. The interest rebate will be credited to customer’s repayment account within 2 months after Hang Seng Bank has received the relevant interest rebate from the HKMC. Please ensure that the account status is normal before receiving the interest rebate.