22 July 2014 : 

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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Bad credit history and desperate to rebuild your financial future? As many as one in four of us in the UK have some form of adverse credit history such as late bill payments, defaults, arrears or CCJ’ s according to First4finance, the directory of UK finance websites. Fear not as it seems that it’s not [...]

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Average consumer borrowing (including credit cards) was £4,231 in March, an increase from the previous month, according to the latest statistics from Credit Action (the UK the national money education charity). Throughout the month 0.4 million purchase transactions were made using plastic every single day, racking up a total value of just over £1.5 billion. [...]

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