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The Effect of Loans

Post by Jason on Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:49 pm

Something I have often wondered about...

...does anyone think that having a bank loan has any impact on your country (other than interest payments)? For example, does having a loan have any affect on your economy?
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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by revvaughan on Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:55 am

Haven't really been in that position so I couldn't answer it. I know it doesn't help you when you make them or forgive them.
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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by Deacon on Thu May 24, 2018 7:10 pm


My limited experience is that it doesn't. At the start of game 8, I borrowed money as Portugal from the Bank of England to try to jumpstart my trade and economy. If it had a drag effect, I didn't notice it. All the changes I noticed had more obvious other reasons. Like investing in new business that takes your recruits negative and you've got no quick fix can tank your EH. Fixing that eventually restored my EH.

I had the loan for a few game years and then paid it off because it was just extra annoyance to manage it.

I would do it again in another position if I thought I could make more on the investment than the interest (as was the case here).

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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by Marshal Bombast on Thu May 24, 2018 8:21 pm

When I was Scotland I borrowed 1M and invested it all in trade. My economy was 7 or 8 and I made more than the interest payments. Was made redundant so could not see it through to repaying the loan but was worth it.

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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sat May 26, 2018 4:55 pm

I think interest payment on loans is just another government cost & the more government costs you have the less you have to invest in economic and trade development. But the same can be said about a larger Army/Navy and players do not seem to worry about all the cost and waste of productive recruits involved in building up their armed forces.

Think if you take a loan and spend it on Palaces and Wars this will probably have have a negative effect on your economic growth unless you wars gain you lots of nice new Provinces.

But good investments should have the opposite effect. In G7 for instance Portugal found Gold in South America and borrowed 2M from the Royal Bank of the America's @ 10% interest secured on the production of the mines. No attempt has yet been made to repay the capital and Portugal seems happy to pay 200,000 interest out of its Government Revenue and pocket circa 400,000 of Bullion per year.

Guess the question for any new Government of Portugal would be do reduce your reserves by 2M to increase your net revenue by 200,000 per annum. Or can that 2M be used in a more productive manner?

The other consideration for Governments with loans is that if you owe a Bank a lot of money and have a good record of making your payments its a form of Insurance since a) The Government of the National you owe the money too is unlikely to attack you and damage its own Bank and b) Its also likely to take a dim view of seeing its loans endangered by third parties.

So if you are running Portugal, Sweden or Poland you might like to borrow lots of money from Banks in the Maritime Powers to develop the Port Wine Trade, open copper mines, flax mills or clear new farm land. Then when the Spanish,Russians or Prussians invade you and lay siege to Porto, Danzig or Riga see how interestingly some English and the Dutch players can blow up when they start to see a 1m plus hole being blown in the bottom line of the Bank of England or the Bank of Amsterdam.

Would not work in all games and with all players but I think we can all think of some (Godolphin cough, G10 cough cough) who would come screaming to the rescue of their endangered loans and trade before you can say compound interest.


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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by J Flower on Sun May 27, 2018 10:08 am

When playing Prussia, I did have to take out loans at the start, EH also went down, was informed reason was because bank had not enough resources to be able to make loans to merchants, so amybe the size of the bank needs to be taken into account & also the size of the loan you are taking out.

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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by Stuart Bailey on Mon May 28, 2018 12:32 am


As a matter of interest has anyone ever set up a bank or an insurance scheme in Glori which manages to make money?

Perhaps its just down to the positions I have held and English, Dutch & Italian banks make loads of money but I tend to view my banking and insurance losses as a form of trade subsidy.
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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by Jason on Mon May 28, 2018 9:06 pm

Thanks Folks Smile

Ha wondered if having a debt meant less confidence in your economy/financial management but clearly not Smile

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Re: The Effect of Loans

Post by J Flower on Tue May 29, 2018 6:09 pm

Stuart Bailey wrote:
As a matter of interest has anyone ever set up a bank or an insurance scheme in Glori which manages to make money?

Perhaps its just down to the positions I have held and English, Dutch & Italian banks make loads of money but I tend to view my banking and insurance losses as a form of trade subsidy.

Setup the bank of Officers & Gentlemen in G2, with the idea of only lending to the Nobility, managed to turn a decent profit . Also allowed them to invest in their Estates & help improve grain yields.

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