What is Cash Credit?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

With many of the advantages of a standard line of credit, cash credit is the issuance of a short term cash loan to a business. A cash loan of this type if often used to meet the expenses associated with a specific task or project, with repayment expected within a period of one year or less. Successfully receiving and paying off the loan within its terms can open the way for the business to be extended a more liberal line of credit for future use.

The lender sets and controls the terms extended under a cash loan.
The lender sets and controls the terms extended under a cash loan.

Cash credit works in a manner that is very similar to that of a line of credit. The difference is that it establishes a cash account with the lender institution that can be drawn upon by the debtor. This is different from a conventional loan, in that the debtor does not have to receive the entire amount of the loan at one time. It's also different from a line of credit, as the amount of resources extended are pre-approved and the repayment schedule is the same whether the debtor is actively using the cash or not.

As with many types of financial assistance, cash credit is extended under terms that are set and controlled by the institution that provides the loan. Typically, this involves the presentation of some form of security in order to be cover the amount of the loan that is extended by the bank or loan agency. The security of collateral remains accessible to the lender until the debt is repaid in full.

One of the advantages for a new company is that this form of credit can be an excellent way of setting the stage for a long term working relationship with a lender. Upon successfully complying with the terms of the agreement, the company may become eligible for other forms of assistance from the financial institution, including other forms of cash loans and the establishment of a conventional line of credit.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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“@Anon148972” – I think that the securities that the writer is referring to might be another asset like a stock or mutual fund account or maybe even a home or a piece of real estate.

It sounds a little like home equity line of credit where you are putting your house up for collateral until you payout your loan. I think that main difference is that the you start paying back the loan immediately once you receive the approval but with a line of credit you don’t start paying the line back unless you use it.

It also sounds like it might be a little like a cash advance except it looks like the debt is secured instead of unsecured like a typical cash back credit card is.


what kind of securities are required for cash credit? Please include information about that also in this article.

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