Borrowing too much?

We are very lucky these days to have access to cheap money. Some of us will remember home loans priced at 18% p.a. and car loans at 20% plus.  It does not matter that rates are low, you still need to be able to afford loan principal repayments and can not make affordability decisions on …

Do not get “snowed under” this Christmas

Its hard to believe but we are only weeks away from Christmas. The “Silly Season” that all too often finds unprepared revelers deep in debt at the commencement of the new year. If you are one of these people who leaves Christmas shopping to the last minute and buys presents “emotionally” rather than “financially” – this article is …

A loan guarantor will not solve all borrowing problems

It is true that often borrowers are able to breach the gap between their borrowing needs and the loan qualification criteria of lenders, by using a loan guarantor. However guarantors can only be helpful in some borrowing situations, while in others they can either add nothing to a transaction, or perhaps not even be allowed to …

Understanding the basics of borrowing

Like it or not DEBT is a four letter word. We all borrow but some of us do it better than others. Before deciding to apply for any form of credit you really should stop and ask yourself the following questions. The answers to these will help you distinguish between essential debt and debt which is …

Credit repair is not what it seems to be

Given the intense regulation of all financial product marketing in Australia I continue to be surprised at what “is allowed” when it comes to promoting credit repair services. Advertisements promise to wash away your bad credit, creating the impression that all you need is to take up the offered service and your bad credit will be …

Do’s and Don’ts of borrowing

Unfortunately not having an adequate understanding of the Australian credit system and the basic mistakes that can easily be made by the unwary, has led many individuals down the path of excessive, unaffordable debts, and impaired credit history. This information is not really taught in schools. Those of us whole parents are good financial managers will …

Credit options after bankruptcy

We often speak to individuals who have recently been discharged from bankruptcy and who are looking to borrow some money either in the way of an unsecured personal loan, a car loan or a home loan. Unfortunately your bad credit stays with you even beyond bankruptcy discharge and will affect your ability to borrow for …

Budget to a better financial future

Some people simply “switch off” when they hear any talk of budgeting. However these same people will think nothing of applying for a new credit card when their current cards have reached their limits. Certainly there is nothing sexy about the idea of budgeting. For many that idea is associated with needing to go without in order …