# Debt-to-Income Ratio

### What Is Your DTI Ratio?

A debt-to-income ratio may be a measurement of your monthly income compared to your debt payments. Lenders often use this ratio to work out your creditworthiness. When you have much extra income monthly, you’re more likely to qualify for a loan.

Learn how the debt-to-income ratio works, and how to calculate the ratio.

### Definition and Examples

The debt-to-income ratio calculation shows how much of your debt payments consume your monthly income. This information helps both you and lenders figure out how easy it is for you to afford monthly expenses. Along with your credit scores, your debt-to-income ratio is a crucial factor for getting approved for a loan.
A debt-to-income ratio also referred to as a DTI ratio, is quoted as a percentage. Let’s look at this example, you would possibly have a debt-to-income ratio of 25%, meaning one-quarter of your monthly income goes toward debt repayment. If your income is N4,000 per month, 25% of that might be N1,000 of total monthly debt payments.

### How Do You Calculate Debt-to-Income Ratio?

To calculate the debt-to-income ratio, add all monthly debt payments, then divide the monthly debt payments by your monthly gross income.

## DTI = Debt Payments / Gross Income

The monthly income (gross) utilized within the calculation equals your monthly payments before deductions.

A debt-to-income ratio helps loan companies evaluate your ability to repay loans.
Assume your monthly gross income is N30,000. You have an automobile loan payment of N20,000. Here is how to calculate your current debt-to-income ratio:

Divide the entire of your monthly payments (N20,000) into your gross income:N20,000 debt payments / N30,000 gross income = .67 or 67% DTI ratio. Now, assume you continue to earn N30,000 per month gross, and your lender wants your DTI ratio to be below 43%.

### What is the utmost you ought to be spending on debt each month?

Multiply your income (gross) by the target DTI ratio: N30,000 gross income x 43% target ratio = N12,900 or less monthly target for debt payments.Total debt payments less than the target amount mean you’re more likely to urge approval for a loan.