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Digi Communications N.V.’s Romanian and Spanish subsidiaries sign facility agreements

BUCHAREST, Romania, 27-Jul-2021 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (The Company) would like to inform its investors and the market that on 21 and 26 July 2021, the Company’s Romanian and Spanish subsidiaries, each acting as borrowers, entered into two facility agreements.

As per the Senior Facility Agreement from December 15, 2020 the details of which were disclosed at that point to the market (please see https://bvb.ro/FinancialInstruments/SelectedData/NewsItem/DIGI-Contractul-de-Facilitate-Senior-incheiata-la-15-decembrie-2020/D0599), an incremental facility was made available to RCS&RDS, which could be established in accordance with the terms and limits set within the Senior Facilities Agreement. Therefore, pursuant to the Senior Facilities Agreement, on 21 July 2021, the Company’s Romanian subsidiary requested the establishment of an incremental facility in an aggregate amount of RON 500,000,000 (the “Incremental Facility”) to be used for the company’s capital expenditure and general corporate purposes. The facility was entered into, besides RCS&RDS as borrower, by and between DIGI Tavkozlesi es Szolgaltato Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag („Digi Hu”), INVITEL Tavkozlesi Zrt (“Invitel”), the Company, Digi Spain Telecom SLU (“Digi Spain”), as original guarantors on one hand and the Original Lenders and BRD-Groupe Société Générale S.A., on the other. The Incremental Facility is not yet drawn. It is available to be drawn at a later stage.

On 26 July 2021, the Company’s Spanish subsidiary, acting as borrower together with the Company, RCS&RDS, Digi Hu and Invitel, as Original Guarantors, Banco Santander S.A. and a syndicate of banks, acting as lenders, entered into a facilities agreement for an initial duration of three and a half years with the possibility of extension up to 5 years, under which Digi Spain was made available: (i) a term loan facility in a total aggregate amount of EUR 57,000,000; (ii) a term loan facility in a total aggregate amount of EUR 65,000,000; and (iii) a revolving facility in a total aggregate amount of EUR 10,000,000 to be used for several purposes, including CAPEX and general corporate purposes.

For details regarding the reports, please access the official websites designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V.’s 2021 Annual General Shareholders Meeting will be held on 18 May 2021

BUCHAREST, Romania, 6-Apr-2021 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (The Company) would like to inform the market and its investors that today, 6 April 2021, the Board of Directors of the Company convenes the general shareholders meeting (the “GSM”) of the Company (Digi Communications N.V.), to be held on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 14:00 p.m. CEST (15:00 p.m. EEST), at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Amsterdam office), Strawinskylaan 10, 1077 XZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The main topics for the GSM are the following:

-discussion and approval items on the 2020 Annual Report (including the annual report, the financial statements – consolidated and stand-alone – and the auditor report);
-approval of the distribution of a gross dividend of RON 0.75 per share; ex-date – 2 June 2021, the record date for the dividend – 3 June 2021, and the payment date on or around – 14 June 2021;
-release from liability of the members of the Board of Directors;
-remuneration report for 2020 (advisory, non-binding vote);
-appointment of the statutory auditor for the the financial year ending December 31, 2021;
-designation of the Board of Directors as the competent body to repurchase own Class B Shares;
-approval of award of stock options to executive and non-executive directors.

We kindly invite the market to visit the Company’s website at
http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/general-share-holders (for English readers) and at http://www.digi-communications.ro/ro/aga (for Romanian readers) to review the documentation package for the GSM.

The above-mentioned section from the Company’s website also contains the English and Romanian complete versions of the 2020 Annual Report, the 2020 Consolidated and Stand-alone Financial Statements of the Company, as well as the Independent Auditor’s Report.

The document named ‘Agenda and explanatory notes’ contains detailed descriptions regarding the items for the GSM.

Any shareholder interested in attending or voting at the GSM needs to follow the procedures set out in the articles of association of the Company (available at http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/corporate-governance) and on the ‘Convocation Notice’ available at http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/general-share-holders).

Also, the Company would like to announce that Digi Communications N.V. Group’s Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2020 is available starting with April, 6 2021 also on the Company’s website (www.digi-communications.ro), under the section Investor Relations.



1. Opening
2. Annual Report 2020

a. Board report 2020 (discussion item)
b Dividend and Reservations Policy (discussion item)
c. Adoption of the 2020 Annual Accounts (voting item)
d. Distribution of dividend (voting item)
e. Release from liability of the members of Board of Directors (voting item)

3. Remuneration Report for 2020
Remuneration Report for 2020 (advisory, non-binding vote)
4. Appointment of Statutory Auditor
Proposal to appoint Ernst & Young Accountants, LLP, Netherlands as the statutory auditor of the Company for the financial year 2021 (voting item)
5. Designation of the Board of Directors as the competent body to repurchase own Class B Shares
Designation of the Board of Directors as the competent body to repurchase Class B Shares (voting item)
6. Approval of award of stock options to executive and non-executive directors. Authorize the Board of Directors to decide upon the award of stock options to executive and non – executive directors of the Company (voting item)

7. Close of Meeting

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Further amendment in Digi Communications N.V. 2021 Financial Calendar

BUCHAREST, Romania, 31-Mar-2021 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications NV would like to announce the investors and the market that there has been an amendment regarding its 2021 Financial Calendar. Due to recent developments, the Company’s procedure for internal approval and audit of the different sections of the 2020 Annual Report had to be delayed.

The Company thus announces a new financial calendar, stipulating a new date for the publication of the 2020 Annual Report and a new date for the General Meeting of Shareholders available on the Company’s official website (Investor Relations Section/Financial Calendar), at the following link: https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/financial-calendar

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. CEO Serghei Bulgac sold 4952 class B shares held in the Company’s share capital

BUCHAREST, Romania, 17-Mar-2021 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — The Company would like to inform the market and its investors that, in accordance with the provisions of article 19 para. (1) of the Market Abuse Regulation, Mr. Serghei Bulgac, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Company, notified the Company in connection with the sale, during 12 March and 15 March 2021, of a number of 4952 class B shares held in the Company’s share capital.

In connection with this transaction, Mr. Serghei Bulgac notified also the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Mr. Serghei Bulgac fulfilled the notification requirements under the Company’s internal policies.

For details regarding the reports, please access the official websites designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. subsidiary RCS & RDS S.A. signs a EUR 150M senior facility agreement with group of banks

BUCHAREST, Romania, 16-Dec-2020 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — The Company (Digi Communications N.V.) would like to inform its investors and the market that, on 15 December 2020, RCS & RDS S.A. (the Company’s subsidiary in Romania – „RCS&RDS”), as borrower and original guarantor, DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság as original guarantor, INVITEL Távközlési Zrt as Original Guarantor, the Company, as original guarantor, DIGI Spain Telecom S.L.U., as original guarantor and Citigroup Europe plc, Dublin Romanian Branch, ING Bank N.V. Amsterdam, Bucharest Branch and Unicredit Bank S.A. as original lenders and ING Bank N.V. as the facility agent of the other Finance Parties have concluded a senior facility agreement consisting in (i) a term loan facility in a total aggregate amount representing the RON equivalent of EUR 100,000,000; (ii) a revolving credit facility in a total aggregate amount representing the RON equivalent of EUR 50,000,000, for a period equal to the period between signing and the third anniversary of the Senior Facilities Agreement, and also permits the establishment from time to time of incremental facilities to be made available in accordance with the terms and within the limits of the Senior Facilities Agreement.

The term loan facility under the Senior Facility Agreement is meant to be used for the purposes of refinancing the amounts made available under the Facilities Agreement dated 7 October 2016, while the revolving facility may be used for capital expenditure, investments, general corporate, and working capital purposes (including intra-group loans) of the Digi group.

For details regarding the reports, please access the official websites designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Fast Invest will allow users to use their bitcoin or ethereum as collateral for loans in traditional currencies

Essex, UK, 13-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Fast Invest is excited to announce the launch of its native cryptocurrency token (FIT) during their upcoming ICO launched on December 4th. The FinTech company has been operating since 2015 in the investment loan space, connecting funders with loan-seekers in a peer-to-peer exchange. With more than 8,500 daily users from 36 countries, Fast Invest is expanding into the largely unoccupied cryptocurrency lending sector.

Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies have been rapidly in 2017, racking up a seventeen times (at the time of this press release) increase in market capitalization since the beginning of 2017.  As these financial technologies mature new opportunities arise, especially for unbanked and underbanked populations. This is because digital currencies allow for the exchange of value without the need for central banks or other intermediaries. Fast Invest aims to leverage these developments to democratize investment by allowing people to invest as little as one dollar on their loan platform. This enables users to band together to crowdfund a loan that gets paid back with interest, which can then generate returns for the loan suppliers.

In what may be a first for the industry, Fast Invest will allow users to use their bitcoin or ethereum as collateral for loans in traditional currencies. Due to the nature of smart contracts, loans like this can be executed with very little human input and all parties can be sure that the terms of the loan will be carried out. This is because smart contracts utilize code and mathematics to enforce agreements without the need for human intervention.

By expanding to cryptocurrency-based investment instruments the company aims to reduce friction in the world of P2P investment and loan services. These offerings include a cryptocurrency exchange, digital wallet for holding tokens, cryptocurrency investment services, decentralized lending, and a payment card that can be funded by cryptocurrencies but used like a credit card.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

National Lending Associates, Inc. Launches the TuitionFlex Program

National Lending Associates, Inc. (“NLA”) is formally announcing today the launch of its TuitionFlex SM tuition payment program. The TuitionFlex Program is a highly flexible and customizable tuition payment program for schools and colleges which currently do or do not offer this low cost financing option to their students and families. TuitionFlex is designed to be compliant with all federal and state Truth-in-Lending disclosure requirements. This turn-key program features a branded on-line application process, electronic signature, customizable reporting, automated payment processing and flexible servicing repayment terms.

“NLA is excited to launch this additional financing option for schools and colleges while leveraging the experience and expertise of our management team.  Our TuitionFlex Program was created as an alternative higher education financing option, which enables institutions throughout the country to provide effective financing solutions for their students during a time of economic uncertainly and limited private financing choices ” states Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of NLA.

The TuitionFlex Program offers payment products aimed at providing tuition financing solutions for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. With its TuitionEase™ (less than 12 months), TuitionExtend™ (contracts greater than 12 up to 120 months), and soon to be launched TuitionExtend Plus ™ (contract purchase option) products, the TuitionFlex Program provides alternatives to meet the current demands of all educational institutions.

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to www.tuitionflex.com or contact Tim Kulesha at tim.kulesha@NLALoans.com (602) 579-6555.

About National Lending Associates, Inc.
Based in San Diego, California, with offices in Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York, National Lending Associates, Inc., is a nationwide specialty service company focused on providing financing solutions, loan and portfolio administration services, and technology options for the education financing marketplace (www.nationallendingassociates.com ).

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If You’re Looking For A Good Deal On A Payday Loans, Quick Cash Advance And Personal Loan Then You Are In The Right Place!

Indiana Campaign Finance (ICF), expert providers of payday loan solutions, recently announced an expansion of their current offerings to include the Go Faxless Payday Loans service. Available online, the no fax payday loan option creates a seamless way for individuals to achieve their short term loan goals.

“The Go Faxless payday loan service is just one more way we help our clients reach their goals. Most applicants receive their cash within 24 hours of submitting the easy to use payday loan form”, ICF, CEO of Indiana Campaign Finance stated. See also Home Loans Online

The requirements for ICF’s Go Faxless Now are simple. Applicants are required to maintain a job or provide proof of stable income such as payments received through employment, social security, retirement, or state support. See Student Loans Now Applicants must also be 18 years of age or more and have an active savings or checking account. The checking and savings account information is used exclusively for the payday loan deposit. The ICF website gathers the required information through a secured online form which is then sent for review. Fast Personal Loans see also.

With the Go Faxless option, ICF lenders deposit the money approved applicants request directly into their checking accounts within hours of application submission. In return, the loan amount and any associated fees are repaid by ICF lenders through funds withdrawn from the same savings or checking account of the applicant. The loan repayment typically occurs 2 weeks after the applicant has received their funds, although loan repayment extensions and other loan terms may also be available. Mortgage Loan and Bad Credit Loan is ok!

The faxless payday loan service is available to consumers nationwide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the ICF website. For more information or to submit a faxless loan application visit ICF online at our site.

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Many receiving a tax refund see it as “free money”. But when used wisely it can be a way to catch up on bills and set up future financial success

Receiving a tax refund can be nice in tough economic times, providing service members and families with extra money they may not have anticipated. Often, those receiving a tax refund see it as “free money” they can use to splurge on items they might not otherwise afford. But when used wisely it can be a way to catch up on bills and set up future financial success.

Pioneer Services’ newest article, Making your tax refund work for you, provides detailed suggestions on what to do with a tax refund. The article focuses on debt reduction and long-term solutions, and is suggested reading not just for military families, but for anyone getting money back from the Internal Revenue Service this year.

“Very few people enjoy paying taxes, but many enjoy getting some of it back,” said Laura Stack, chief financial officer for Pioneer Services and author of the article. “Early filers will soon start receiving their tax refunds, and it’s important for their financial health to use it wisely.”

You can read the complete article over here.

Pioneer Services, the military banking division of MidCountry Bank, provides financial services, personal loans, and award-winning financial education to members of the Armed Forces. For more than 20 years, Pioneer Services has been a leader in military lending, and supports military families and communities through a variety of partnerships, programs, and sponsorships.

For more information, visit PioneerServices.com. For loan information, visit PioneerMilitaryLoans.com.


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There are reasons the recent base rate cuts have not led loan providers to slash the interest charged on secured loans, as financial solutions provider Think Money points out

Following the recent spate of rate cuts, financial solutions provider Think Money raised a few points about the secured loans market.

Melanie Taylor, Head of Corporate Relations at Think Money: “In just three months, the Bank of England’s base rate dropped from 5% to just 1.5%, prompting substantial changes in the mortgage market – but not in the secured loans market. Many people have questioned this: if mortgage lenders can lower their rates, they ask, why are loans providers seemingly unwilling or unable to do the same?

“The answer lies in the differences between the mortgage market and the secured loan market. Both deal with secured credit and so depend heavily on trends in the housing market as well as the availability of credit, but the two markets are fundamentally different.

“First – and perhaps foremost – a secured loan is a second charge. If a property ends up being repossessed, repayment of the first charge (the mortgage) will always take priority over repayment of the second charge. So from the lender’s perspective, a secured loan is simply more risky than a mortgage – and greater risk has always been accompanied by higher interest charges.”

Committed to the principles of treating customers fairly, lenders will enter into possession proceedings only as a last resort, but the ‘second charge’ issue is still very much a factor in today’s economic climate, with the Council of Mortgage Lenders predicting 75,000 repossessions this year, and no clear indication of when we’ll see a recovery in the housing market.

“Second, it’s clear that the Government’s initiatives aimed at keeping people in their homes are focusing on mortgages, not secured loans. Government help is welcome, as it could help homeowners and limit the damage to the housing market, but this focus on mortgages does add to the difference between mortgages and secured loans, in terms of risk to the lender.”

At the same time, the secured loans market is being adversely affected by the same issues currently plaguing the mortgage market – primarily, the shortage of wholesale funding and the ongoing drop in property prices.

“It’s a common misconception that the base rate dictates the cost of wholesale credit, but this is simply not the case. As the Council of Mortgage Lenders has stated: ‘the cost of funds to lenders depends not on Bank rate, but on a range of other factors, including what they have to pay savers to attract deposits, how much it costs them to borrow in money markets, and the costs of holding capital and sufficient liquidity’.

“Falling house prices, meanwhile, have made lenders much more cautious about granting either secured loans or mortgages. Most analysts seem to expect prices to bottom out after falling another 10% or so this year, but there’s no guarantee this will happen, or that the subsequent recovery in prices will be either immediate or rapid.

This explains why most lenders are reluctant to offer mortgages or secured loans which would leave the homeowner with less than 20% equity. After all, a property worth £200,000 today could be worth £150,000 this time next year. It’s a worrying thought for the homeowner, but also for the lender, who might find a portion of their loan isn’t actually secured against anything – at least, not until property prices rise again.”

Think Money specialises in finding secured loans for people with all kinds of financial backgrounds. If you are thinking about getting a secured loan – or looking for loan advice – contact one of our expert loan advisers today.

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PLoans4You.com is an internet payday loan service

An efficient service for payday loans and cash advances surfacing on the map of the World Wide Web, Ploans4You.com offers a system of swift online application and approval processes for loans up to $1,500.

The service is based on the simple concept of payday loans for people in need of swiftly borrowing funds. While the sum provided per loan (anywhere from $100 to $1,500) is relatively small, it perfectly reflects the idea and simplicity behind the PLoans4You.com online loan service.

For those unaware, payday loans consist of relatively small sums borrowed swiftly for urgent needs on a short-term basis. Such a cash advance is deposited into the recipient’s bank account and retrieved from there on a later set date to repay the debt. This allows the loan taker to deal with whatever emergency situations might arise with urgent cash needs. The site provides an online approval process that entails signing up online and awaiting authorisation. A steady monthly income is all that is required to receive approval, upon which the loan will be transferred to the recipient’s specified bank account in a matter of minutes. As such, just about anyone with a job and bank account is free to make use of this service.

Working with a wide array of payday loan lenders, Ploans4You.com matches loan requests with lenders capable of providing such loans based on a number of criteria, ensuring a fair transaction and trustworthy loan process from start to finish. Furthermore, the service requires a very limited range of documents, and unlike many other online loan services, provides swift and reliable support so that clients can always get in touch with the service and vice-versa.

The modern day world can be relentless and unforgiving when it comes to financial troubles, but despite any possible restrictions, Ploans4You.com staff work diligently to find a way for every loan recipient to receive the loan they seek. Operating with small sums means working specifically to aid regular people with average incomes in their cash-related troubles, be it paying the bills or any other short-term needs.

About PLoans4You.com
PLoans4You.com is an internet payday loan service. We offer our customers payday loans and cash advances when they need it most since 2007.

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Cash Doctors Have Been Exemplified As One Of The Only Australian Lenders That Play By The Rules

As of Thursday 31 July 2008, a 48% interest rate capping legislation was made effective in Queensland.

According to Today Tonight’s report 28th of October, most payday lenders are not applying to the new legislation and use loop holes to keep interest rates on their short-term loans as high as possible.

Keeping within strict compliance of the new legislation, Cash Doctors, the dominant short term online lender in Australia, launched a new product on 1 July – 24/7 loans for its members – a world first.

The revolutionary Cash Doctors product allows members to apply, be approved and actually access cash within 2-3 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia.

The innovative new financial product is both convenient for consumers and compliant with interest rate capping legislation.

When clients first join Cash Doctors, they are approved for a year’s worth of cash advances. They can however, only access $100 – $600 at any one time. If the client’s capacity to repay is affected by changes in employment, income or accommodation expenses further advances are reduced or prohibited.

The product is a great alternative to the large unchecked credit card limits that lead consumers into overspending and indebtedness.

Cash Doctors CEO Nick Auchincloss says it takes convenience and responsible lending to new levels, “We’re always looking to innovate in line with our mission to help people have more money and live freely in both the short and long run. This product helps members get a prescribed amount of cash around the clock, but only allows them to take a little at a time as long as their circumstances have not changed. We’ve managed to improve convenience while maintaining our extremely responsible lending practices.”

“Short term lending is getting more attention lately and unfortunately Cash Doctors is often bundled in with other industry participants, when we’re actually doing things very differently.”

“Some consumer and government groups rightly criticise payday lenders for lending to vulnerable people, causing debt spirals, poor disclosure, charging excessively and hidden costs. We do none of these things. Our clients are all employed, every loan is carefully underwritten and our transparency and fairness of our lending policies is second to none.”

“Now we’re delighted to be there for our members every hour of every day, any day of the year, giving them what they need within 2-3 minutes. Months of work have gone into this and the feedback from clients so far is terrific.”

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Financial Solutions Company Think Money Welcomes The FSA’s Move To Guarantee Deposits Of Up To £50,000 Through The FSCS

Welcoming the changes to the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), financial solutions company Think Money commented that any move which strengthened consumer confidence in the financial industry was a step in the right direction.

As of 7th October 2008, the compensation limit for bank deposits is £50,000 (and £100,000 for customers with joint accounts), a substantial increase from the £35,000 limit set on 1st October 2007.

“As a financial solutions company, we welcome this move by the FSA (Financial Services Authority) to reinforce the financial stability of the UK,” a spokesperson for Think Money commented. “In today’s economic climate, it’s vital that consumers know their money is safe. As the case of Northern Rock demonstrated, any doubts about its security can rapidly lead to a self-perpetuating sense of crisis which benefits no-one.

“Furthermore, we also see consumer confidence as an end in itself. As individuals, the more we trust in the stability of our financial institutions, the more faith we have in the future health of our nation’s economy. Simply knowing that our money is secure gives us the confidence to act responsibly, saving for the future rather than living for today. Given the recent moves by the Irish and Greek governments, this move also serves to keep money in the country by simply removing the need to move it abroad.”

As a financial solutions provider, Think Money provides a range of debt, loan and mortgage solutions, as well as a unique managed bank account service.

“But we are also called on to advise individuals on a wide range of financial matters, from managing their debts to budgeting. This is a free service we provide, and the FSCS guarantee helps us carry it out effectively: effective money management is an essential part of avoiding debt in the future, and the FSA’s safeguard means the vast majority of the UK population can have confidence that any problems their bank or building society may encounter needn’t be a threat to their personal savings.”

In the near future, the FSA will also, as its website reports: ‘consult on further reforms, including considering whether the compensation limit should be higher still; the speed with which the FSCS can pay compensation; and the rules surrounding whether deposits are covered on a legal entity, a ‘brand’ or an ‘account’ basis’.

“These are important issues, even the ones which affect only a relatively small proportion of the population – there may not be many people with savings of over £50,000, for example, but it’s important they feel they can safely keep their money in the UK, rather than moving it abroad.

“After all, it’s in everyone’s interests to have a financial system we can all have faith in. Banks themselves are safer when people realise there’s no reason to panic – and fostering a greater sense of security among financial institutions is a fundamental part of bringing an end to the credit crunch, so lenders can get back to lending at levels which promote economic growth across the country.”

Think Money (www.thinkmoney.com) are a financial solutions company based in Salford Quays, Manchester. They specialise in a wide range of debt advice and solutions, including debt management plans, debt consolidation, IVAs (Individual Voluntary Arrangements) and Trust Deeds.

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Despite The Reduced Availability Of Credit, A Debt Consolidation Loan May Still Be A Viable Option For Worried Borrowers

Amid worries about the reduced availability of credit, debt consolidation experts DebtAdvisersDirect.co.uk stress that lenders are still offering debt consolidation loans and other forms of credit.

A spokesperson commented: “With inflation more than twice the Bank of England’s target, people in debt are particularly worried about stretching their household budget further and further, especially when talk of an economic slowdown is threatening to reduce many consumers’ income levels as well. When there simply isn’t enough money in the monthly budget, a debt consolidation loan or other debt solution could take the pressure off.

“In recent years, the easy availability of credit has led many people to turn to debt consolidation loans as a way of reducing both their monthly debt repayments and the complexity of their finances. So the Bank of England’s Q2 2008 Credit Conditions Survey makes disturbing reading.”

The Survey provides a summary of what ‘bank and non-bank’ lenders have seen over the past three months, and what they expect for the coming three months. It reveals that lenders had reduced the availability of both secured and unsecured credit to individuals and expected ‘some additional reductions in credit availability over the next three months’.

“The key word here is ‘reduced’,” the spokesperson continued. “The Survey shows that the availability of secured credit, for example, was down around 45% in Q2, with lenders tightening credit scoring criteria and decreasing maximum LTV (loan to value) ratios. Although it’s a significant reduction, it does not mean credit is unavailable. As long as they have sufficient equity in their home – and as long as they approach a lender who specialises in helping people in their situation – many people still stand an excellent chance of obtaining a secured debt consolidation loan.”

Looking ahead, however, lenders do anticipate a further reduction in the availability of secured credit. Even though they expect Q3’s reduction to be smaller (just over 20%), the cumulative effect could well make it harder for certain people to access the debt consolidation loans they need in the months ahead.

Where debt consolidation isn’t an option, alternative debt solutions may still be available. Debt management, for example, can be an effective way for someone in debt to bring their expenditure back in line with their budget without accessing any further credit. “When someone joins a debt management plan, they essentially ask debt specialists to renegotiate their repayment terms. This can bring their monthly debt repayments down to an affordable level, freeing up the funds they need to cope with the rising cost of living.”

Should debt management not be appropriate, an individual may still be eligible for an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement), a legally binding agreement with their creditors. “In an IVA, the individual agrees to make fixed monthly payments, based on what they can afford after essential living expenses, for the duration of the IVA – normally five years. If 75% of the creditors (by debt value) consent to the terms of the IVA, they’ll agree not to take any legal action against the individual, and to write off any remaining debt once the IVA has successfully concluded.”

Whatever an individual’s circumstances, the spokesperson stressed, their first move should be to contact a debt specialist as soon as possible: “In the vast majority of cases, debt problems only get worse when they’re ignored. The important thing is to seek professional debt advice as soon as you realise you have a potential problem.”

About Debt Advisers Direct
http://debtadvisersdirect.co.uk helps people with financial difficulties, providing debt advice and tailor-made debt solutions.

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Secured consolidation loans are still a viable debt solution

In the midst of the credit crunch, thinkmoney.com reminds existing and potential customers that secured consolidation loans are still a viable debt solution for many homeowners – and that a range of alternative debt solutions are available to borrowers who either can’t secure a loan against their property or prefer not to.

“There’s no question that obtaining secured credit has become harder and, in many cases, more expensive,” a spokesperson for the financial solutions company commented. “As a second charge on a home, a secured loan involves a certain risk from a lender’s perspective, so secured lenders are keeping a very close eye on issues in the housing market. A recent Bank of England survey revealed that default rates on secured lending rose by more than expected in Q2, and lenders expect these rates to rise further in the months ahead.

From the individual borrower’s perspective, equity withdrawal of any kind is clearly a more attractive option when house prices are rising: “Today’s falling prices are reducing the number of homeowners with enough equity to make a secured loan a viable solution – and deterring many who are keen to retain their ‘safety margin’ against negative equity.

“Having said that, it’s important to see recent falls in house prices in their correct context: as relatively small drops following a decade of rapid growth. According to Nationwide’s House Price Index, for example, the ‘average house’ in Q2 2008 was still worth almost £10,000 more than it was in Q2 2006. In just ten years, Nationwide reports, the average house price rose from £60,754 to £184,131 – homeowners may be worried about falling prices, but many are still likely to own significant levels of equity. For them, a secured loan can be an excellent debt solution: a realistic way to consolidate their unsecured debts into one manageable, lower-interest debt which they can arrange to repay at an affordable rate.

“Nonetheless, when major secured loans providers like Firstplus announce they’re ceasing to make new loans, it’s clear that the secured loans market as a whole is suffering under today’s adverse conditions. With lenders tightening their criteria or even turning down new business, it’s more important than ever that borrowers choose a company that works with a wide range of lenders and specialises in finding secured loans for people from all kinds of financial backgrounds. Talking to the right company can make all the difference between being offered credit at a competitive rate and being unable to avail a secured loan at all.”

Concluding, the thinkmoney.com spokesperson stressed that secured consolidation loans are by no mean the only way out of debt. “Depending on the individual’s circumstances, a number of other debt solutions may be more appropriate than a secured loan, such as a debt management plan, an unsecured debt consolidation loan, an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) or, for residents of Scotland, a Trust Deed. For anyone in debt, the important thing is to seek impartial debt advice from a company that offers a wide range of debt solutions – a company that has an in-depth understanding of each solution’s benefits and drawbacks and can recommend the one that constitutes their optimal route out of debt.”

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