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Understanding bankruptcy a bit better There were 27,029 insolvencies in the UK between April and June 2014, that’s up by 20.3% compared to the same period last year. Going bankrupt is something of a taboo, yet it is happening more than you might think. It’s also equivalent to 297 people in the UK being made [...]

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Borrowing on the cheap

The UK is turning into a nation of borrowers. According to Maxed Out, a report published at the end of 2013, personal debt stood at £1.4 trillion – that’s almost the same as the country’s output. Total consumer debt stands at £158 billion, trebling since 1993 and of that, outstanding credit card debt is £55.6 [...]

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How to improve your credit score It’s recommended that you check your credit report every 18 months. However, almost two thirds (61%) of adults living in the UK have not checked theirs in the last five years. The research by the Money Advice Service found that while 97% of people have heard of credit reports, [...]

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Tough restrictions imposed on payday loans If you have ever taken out a payday loan, you might have an idea as to why critics are calling lenders ‘legal loan sharks’. The payday loan market is one of the fastest growing markets in the consumer credit industry. It has been estimated that it was worth between [...]

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Taking out a loan shouldn’t be stressful! As the impact of the UK economic crisis started to hit our wallets, the payday loan industry started to boom. Coincidence? I think not. This controversial industry has grown to an estimated value of £2.2 billion in recent years, with 240 lenders exploding onto the market. And while [...]

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Are you struggling to get credit? Have you ever had a credit card application rejected? Well, you’re not alone. According to new research* one in eight Brits have been turned down for credit over the past three years – that’s the equivalent of 6 million people. While getting turned away is bad enough, the impact [...]

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How to avoid being rejected for a credit card There was a time when banks and building societies were dishing out credit cards to whoever applied. Those days are long gone I’m afraid. Unless you’re the ideal financial candidate, which very few of us are, there is a chance you’re application will be turned down [...]

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Saving Money with Balance Transfers With saving money being a main priority these days, there are countless reminders to compare gas and electricity tariffs, phone and broadband packages, even your insurance policies. Most UK consmers can save a few hundred pounds a year, but you could miss out on an even more lucrative opportunity. Switching [...]

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All about your credit rating With the economic climate being as tough as it is, UK banks and building societies are tightening their belts and getting stricter on who they’re willing to lend to. This makes it more important than ever to check your credit record and ensure it’s squeaky clean. It doesn’t matter whether [...]

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Credit Reference Agencies You may have heard the term ‘credit reference agencies’ being thrown around and don’t quite know what they are or how they might affect you. Almost every single person in the UK has a credit score produced by a credit reference agency (CRA) – although some are better than others. These agencies [...]

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