Bank Credit is the aggregated amount financial institutions (i.e., bank) are willing and able to offer a loan or advance to an individual or organization.
Bank credit can be classified into many sections on the various basis.
By Purpose of the Credit
Ruse and Hudgins have divided loans into seven broad categories, delineated by their purposes:
- Real estate loans are secured by real property – land, buildings, and other structures – and include short-term loans for construction and land development and longer-term loans to finance the purchase of farmland, homes, apartments, commercial structures, and foreign properties.
- Financial institution loans include credit to banks, insurance companies, finance companies, and other financial institutions.
- Agricultural loans are extended to farms and ranches to assist in planting and harvesting crops and supporting the feeding and care of livestock.
- Commercial and industrial loans are granted to businesses to cover purchasing inventories, paying taxes, and meeting payrolls.
- Loans to individuals include credit to finance the purchase of automobiles, mobile homes, appliances, and other retail goods, to repair and modernize homes, and to cover the cost of medical care and other personal expenses, and are either extended directly to individuals or indirectly through retail dealers.
- Miscellaneous loans include all loans not listed above, including securities’ loans.
- Lease financing receivables, where the lender buys equipment or vehicles and leases them to its customers.
By Duration of the Credit
Depending on the duration for which loans are given loans can be classified into three categories:
- Short-term credits are scheduled to be repaid within one year. Businesses take short-term loans to meet working capital needs. Short-term loans are usually given against inventory and accounts receivable. These loans can also be unsecured, such as a line of credit, revolving credit.
- Mid-term credits are repaid over a period ranging from one year to five years. Banks customarily grant such loans against immovable properties. Interest rates on mid-term loans are higher than on short-term loans.
- Long-term credits are the loans whose repayment period extends beyond five years. Long-term loans are used for constructing plants and factories, construction of a house, purchase of land, equipment, and machinery. Immovable properties are used as securities for such loans.
By Nature of the Credit
- Funded credits or non-documentary credits are given out of the bank’s funds to individuals and organizations through current accounts or loan accounts. Financed credits include loan, cash credit, and bank overdraft.
- Son-funded credits or documentary credits are given through issuing various documents, this form of credit banks provide the loan by not extending cash but by lending their reputation and good names, Examples of non-funded credit include a letter of credit (LC), bank guarantee, etc.
These are the standard types of bank credits.