Equities First is a leading specialty-finance firm, which provides a unique financing option to consumers. Equities First currently specializes in providing loans to consumers, which are secured by stock portfolios. This unique financing option comes at a time when other lenders are shying away from all types of consumer loans.
When giving out a new loan, Equities First will take a lien on a borrower’s stock portfolio. This gives the company the ability to liquidate the stock if a situation arises in which a borrower is not able to pay back their loan. In many cases, Equities First will provide a loan equal to up to 90% of the stock portfolio that a borrower pledges. Further, due to the strong collateral position, the lender is also able to offer low interest rates compared to traditional personal loans.
While consumers may consider just selling their stock as opposed to taking out a loan, there are two key situations when it would make more sense to hold on to the stock. The first situation is when selling would go against your investment strategy. If you believe that the stock will appreciate in the future, or continue to pay dividends, it could make a lot more sense to hold the stock until the price hits your target. The dividends and appreciation will likely far outweigh the cost of the fees and interest.
You should also consider taking out a stock-secured loan when you are looking to avoid paying higher taxes. In some countries, you will pay a higher tax rate if you sell the stock after owning it for a short period of time. In these situations, it would make a lot more sense to continue to hold the stock and wait to sell until you can avoid paying higher interest rate.