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Understanding EMI and your income

Last updated on: October 22, 2010 10:13 IST

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To meet some of your goals like buying a car or building a home might require additional financial help in the form of a loan from a bank.

In the current scenario of rising interest rates it is vital that you understand important elements in the loan taking process, helping you make an informed decision when it comes to balancing your monthly budget and your loan repayment.

What is an EMI?

An equated monthly installment is the amount of money that is paid back to the lender on a monthly basis.

It is essentially made up of two parts, the principal amount and the interest on the principal amount divided across each month in the loan tenure.

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Understanding EMI and your income

The EMI is always paid up to the bank or lender on a fixed date each month until the total amount due is paid up during the tenure.

Now, you might assume that the equal parts of the principal and interest is repaid to the financial institution every month, however this not the case.

During the initial years the interest component repaid is higher and during the latter years of repayment the principal component is higher.

So, if you think you have paid half of the amount borrowed from the bank in 5 years in a 10 year loan tenure, that would not be the case.

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Understanding EMI and your income

You would probably have reduced the total interest component due considerably and would have only repaid the interest component for the most part.

To determine how exactly the repayment happens throughout the tenure you can visit this link: and try out the EMI calculator, which will provide you with the entire repayment schedule otherwise known as the amortisation table.

EMI and your income

Did you ever wonder why your EMI is generally restricted to 30% or 40% of your monthly income? Here is why.

Salary details, qualifications, employer/business, years of experience, growth prospects, alternate employment prospects and sources of other income, if any, are all aspects that determine the amount of loan you are eligible for.

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Understanding EMI and your income

Generally, the repayment schedule is worked out in a manner that allows only around 40-50 per cent of your monthly take home income to be repaid as EMI.
It is thus restricted  keeping the following factors in mind:

  • About 10 per cent of your income is spent on other loans, if you have any or if you avail one in the future.
  • About 20- 25 per cent of your income could be deducted by way of statutory deductions and for investment purposes.
  • About 20-25 per cent of your income is generally spent to meet your monthly expenses.
  • This leaves back around 40-50 per cent, which is taken as your repayment capacity for your loan.

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Understanding EMI and your income

For self-employed applicants, profit is the benchmark that determines loan value. The longer the time frame for repaying the loan the lower the EMI and this also means you can opt for a larger loan amount.

The loan amount you are eligible for is also dependent on other factors like the company you are employed with, city of residence and your credit history.

A long term loan like a home loan is a debt that is part of your budget every month. If you invest too much into it, there might not be adequate funds to manage a huge list of other expenses that will tend to accumulate with time.

For example, you need to make allowances for future expenses like education expenses for children, emergency funds for a job loss or the loss of one income in a situation where two people have taken a joint loan.

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Understanding EMI and your income

There might be spikes in interest rates.

In such a scenario, usually banks will increase the loan tenure in order to not put the loan taker in a tight spot by increasing his EMI.

However, in such a situation if you have adequate funds in hand or when your income increases with time you could prepay at regular intervals, allowing scope for closing your loan early and reducing your total interest outgo.

It is best not to commit to a higher EMI that might cause a strain in your finances, rather it should be the other way around where you can actually control the repayment pattern of your home loan.

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