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Why use an online payday loan service? | Apply Payday Loans Online

Why use an online payday loan service? | Apply Payday Loans Online | Money lender | Scoop.it
Online payday loan service saves time, money, credit reputation and face value. No one knows when you are applying for an online payday loan. Learn more now
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A simple article on why one should apply and get quotes for payday loans online. A increasing rise in moneylenders in Singapore allowing borrowers to use their websites to request for payday loan quotes. It is simple, fast and effective.

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Childcare Cost in Singapore | Rising Childcare Costs & Govt Initiatives

Childcare Cost in Singapore | Rising Childcare Costs & Govt Initiatives | Money lender | Scoop.it
Learn about the rising childcare cost in Singapore and the various government initiatives that aims to lessen the load on parents.
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Singapore Budget 2017: HDB’s CPF Housing Grants Increases for First-Time Buyers and More

Singapore Budget 2017: HDB’s CPF Housing Grants Increases for First-Time Buyers and More | Money lender | Scoop.it
SG Budget 2017 focuses on aiding the economy with grants for first time home owners. A look at GST rebates for the coming economy.
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The Singapore Budget was first delivered in 1965 by Finance Minister Lim Kim San where development and job creation were the key focuses. Due to careful budgeting, Singapore has been fortunate to record more surpluses than deficits in the past 50 years. This year, SG Budget 2017 is delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Kiat with a focus on building skills and capacity to bring our economy to the next frontier.


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Complete Guide to licensed moneylenders in Singapore 2016

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Get the latest complete guide on licensed moneylenders in Singapore for 2016. Learn about the many changes that shaping the loan industry.
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How Loan Sharks Pretend as Licensed Moneylenders

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How confident are you in differentiating licensed moneylenders and illegal moneylenders aka loansharks? Be aware of loan scams out there!
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Use these information to help you identify the right licensed moneylenders and differential from these illegal moneylenders. Always try to research more if you aren’t sure about the legitimacy of the moneylender that you are borrowing from. 

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What to know in order to secure a Foreigner Loan in Singapore

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Learn exactly what you need to know in order to properly secure a foreigner loan in Singapore. Know the terms & interest rates by licensed lenders.
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If you are a foreigner in Singapore, understanding how to secure a foreigner loan might just come in handy some day.

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COE Pricing Increase & Demand: Car Loan Changes

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Learn about the changes in COE premiums in recent times. The demand for cars has increased due to recent loan softening measures.
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Moneylending: Interest Capped at 4% per cent Monthly

June 8, 2015/0 Comments/in Frontpage Article, Licensed Money Lender, Money lender, Moneylending, News /by Andy Lim+

 

The government has accepted new proposals on licensed moneylending, together with one of the biggest change amid protests which is the 4% interest rate cap per month.

The Government has accepted most of the recommendations put forth by an advisory committee and these changes will be implemented progressively starting from July this year (2015). And yes this news has caused quite a stir in the moneylending industry but we at Empire Global are well prepared for these changes.

With twelve of the 15 recommendations from the committee being accepted, the new changes has created some news amongst moneylenders. Two of the recommendations – to lift to lift the moratorium on the granting of new licenses and to regulate debt collection behaviour will be reviewed in time as the moneylending industry adapts to the new regulatory changes.

4 Per Cent Interest Rate Cap: How does it affect everyone?

In order to protect borrowers, the new ruling will place caps on interest rates. As of current rules, there is no cap on interest or late interest rates for borrowers earning more than S$30,000 annually. Some licensed moneylenders charge additional fees (e.g when GIRO repayments fail or dishonoured cheques are issued).

There is currently no restrictions on the total borrowing costs for moneylending loans.

With the new measures kicking in, licensed moneylenders will be restricted to maximum rates. This include the new ruling that they cannot charge interest of more than 4 per cent per month plus this has to be on a reducing balance basis. Should a borrower be late in his repayments, licensed moneylenders can then charge a late interest, however this interest must not exceed more than 4 per cent.

The limit extends to charges on late payments: A similar maximum interest rate of 4 per cent a month, while late fees will not exceed S$60 a month.

Going forward, the total borrowing cost will be capped at 100 per cent of the original loan to keep debts from spiralling. Additional fees for, say, early loan redemption or unsuccessful GIRO deductions will not be allowed.

Furthermore, the total borrowing costs will not exceed 100 per cent of the principal loan sum which will prevent debts from getting out of control.

New Moneylending Regulations affecting Moneylenders?

Chairman of the Advisory Committee Manu Bhaskaran said data has been carefully studied to ensure that the industry remains commercially viable, even with the new caps.

“We completely accept that there will always be a class of distressed borrowers who will not be able to secure loans that they need urgently, from banks and other financial institutions,” he said. “So there is a role for a moneylending industry. And once you accept that, you must accept that you should allow them to have a decent return, taking into account the risk that they face, which is much higher.”

Although with the 4 per cent ruling, moneylenders will be allowed to charge an administrative fee up front, capped at 10 per cent of the original loan amount, for legitimate costs such as securing credit reports.

With regard to borrowers earning more than S$20,000 annually, the new rules will cap their loans at six times their salary from all licensed moneylenders. Such borrowers can currently take a loan of up to four times their monthly salary from each moneylender.

What’s Not Including in the Recommendations?

The government did not accept a recommendation that moneylenders be allowed to advertise in newspapers using strict templates, taking the view that advertising could lead to increased borrowing.

Moving Forward

Stiffer Rules on moneylending to be rolled out. Photo credit: Straits Times

A new Moneylenders Credit Bureau will also provide a centralised, comprehensive database of borrowers who use licensed moneylending services.

“We set up this committee to come up with recommendations that would help protect the consumer, the borrower. But at the same time, if you kill off the moneylending industry, then the people who need to borrow won’t get access,” Mr K Shanmugan, Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs said. He further mentioned that the new recommendations are centred on how best to balance both.

The 4% interest rate caps would be the first of a list of proposals recommended by the committee to be rolled out within a month by the Law Ministry.

Mr Manu Bhaskaran, director of Centennial Group International and chairman of the committee said, that the committee has decided to accept the moneylenders’ recommendations to help them cover their administration costs incurred in giving out the loans and late payments from borrowers.

More References: TODAY reports on moneylending interest rate cap

 

 

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New Changes to Unsecured Credit Debt & Credit Limit in SG

New Changes to Unsecured Credit Debt & Credit Limit in SG | Money lender | Scoop.it

Singapore: Applied lots of credit card recently? Ever had friends who are debt-ridden by their credit cards? The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will phase in tighter limits on credit card debt and other unsecured credit facilities over four years to allow more time for borrowers to cut their debt.

This was a drastic change instead of the originally imposed idea (20 months ago) of implementing the limit at once this June. The new credit limit change offers a big lifeline to consumers who have overextended.

Unsecured Credit Limit in Numbers in Singapore

Unsecured credit is borrowing that is not backed by collateral. The borrowing limit limit applies only to interest bearing balances incurred on unsecured credit facilities such as credit cards and unsecured personal loans.

These unsecured credit limits are not applicable to loans for medical, educational or business purposes. Borrowers with annual income of S$120,000 or more, or people with net personal assets exceeding S$2 million will not be subjected with the new borrowing limits. Over-extended borrowers in Singapore total 84,000 who owe S$7.5 billion(source MAS).

What does Unsecured Credit Changes

With MAS recent annoucenment, the new limit caps on a person’s total amount of credit card and other unsecured debt will be slowly implemented in phases:

— June 1 2015, the unsecured debt limit will be 24 times the monthly income

— June 1 2017, the unsecured debt limit will be 18 times the monthly income

— June 1 2019, the unsecured debt limit will tightened further to 12 times the monthly income

How does new unsecured credit limit affect me

This new time measures allow borrowers up to June 2019 to make the transition to adjust to the new credit limits. The increased time given were brought about following feedback from the public and the advice of the Association of Banks in Singapore, and Credit Counselling Singapore.

 

Although most unsecured borrowers in Singapore borrow within their limits, but a small portion still have significant unsecured debts.

How does new Credit Limit Affect You?Financial institution (FIs) are no longer allowed to granted further unsecured credit to an individual whose unsecured borrowing exceed the limits. So if an individual exceeds their limit, they will not be allowed to apply for new credit cards. Banks in Singapore are supportive of the new move as this allows more time for borrowers to repay their debts. This allowed banks more time for compliance with the new law. Unsecured Credit provides good margins for banks as interest rates goes up to 24 per cent per annum. What if I Exceed my Unsecured Credit Limit of 12X

There is a help centre whereby one can seek help from the Repayment Assistance Scheme (RAS), a centralised debt repayment solution by Credit Counselling Singapore in partnership with the banking industry.

Under RAS, debt amount if is in excess of the credit limits of 12x / 18x /24x of your monthly income will be subjected to a lower interest rate of 5% per annum. This amount can be paid in a span of 8years and will certainly help to reduce debt burden. This allows highly indebted borrowers to have a assistance scheme. Borrowers who are eligible for the scheme will get letters from their financial institutions with information on their outstanding credit debt. Learn more about RAS and how it works 

 

How can RAS help me with my unsecured credit debt and repayments

 Learn more about the unsecured credit changes For more detail, visit our website at http://applypersonalloans.sg/!
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Licensed Money Lender Facing Criticism in Singapore

Licensed Money Lender Facing Criticism in Singapore | Money lender | Scoop.it

The licensed money lender industry in Singapore has gotten its run of bad publicity for 2015 given the recent events occurred amongst debt collection. Debates have been brought up on how debt collection can be made better.

Licensed Money Lender Scene

This was due to a recent scene in the licensed money lender industry in Singapore when seven employees of Double Ace Associates confronted a stall owner at Funan DigitalLife Mall foodcourt and created a big scene during the busy lunch hour. All offenders were charged with unlawful assembly just last month.

Debt Collectors in Singapore creating a fuss & harrassment at Funan Digital Mall Singapore

Licensing Debt Collection in Singapore

Debt collection in Singapore. Hired by licensed money lender.

Licensed money lender hire debt-collection companies from time to time for long standing debts that they cannot handle and this incident highlighted on how a loan can go horribly wrong.

“Licensing the debt-collection industry could clean up its image, and clamp down on the use of harassment tactics” – suggested by Mr David Poh, President of the Moneylender’s Association of Singapore, has been backed by the Credit Collection Association of Singapore (CCAS).

This matter of debt collection has been raised in Parliament last month when MP Foo Mee Har mentioned whether debt collectors should abide by a code of conduct, and if the Government of Singapore would consider introducing laws that govern fair deb-collection.

Others have mentioned that should such a code of conduct be in place, there will be a lot of infrastructure that needs to be put up for case investigation. Hence the onus should be on the licensed money lender, to ensure their debt collectors do not use violence or high pressure tactics.

“Moneylenders found to have committed offences may have their licences suspended, not renewed or revoked by the registry,” Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah

Late Fee Charges by Licensed Money Lender

Late Fee charges by Licensed Money Lender

Late last year, an article about how a borrower got a small loan and incurred a large debt due to the late fee charges.

Suggestions have been made to cap the penalty late charges. However this has led to many licensed money lenders protesting that the new rules could kill their business.

This is why at Empire Global we always encourage borrowers to negotiate early and fully understand the terms involved. Terms from different licensed money lender vary greatly. All these could lead up to you getting into greater debt.

Licensed Money Lender Woes & The Review Committee

With the advisory committee proposing major changes of which a controversial interest rate cap of 4 percent per month has led to an outburst in the licensed moneylending industry.

Many licensed money lender in Singapore have mentioned that the cap will lead to borrowers not paying back instead. Without late penalty charges, it will be tougher to collect back their money.

Borrowers have a higher chance to default on their payments. Leading to lower profit margins by the money lenders.

The advisory committee basis on the proposed interest rates is also referred to prevailing interest rates charged by licensed moneylenders in jurisdictions like Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and Britain, which range from 1.5 to 4 per cent.

We at Empire Global are looking at ways to improve our infrastructure and to work with the interest rate cap. Hopefully, the Ministry of Law considerations on relaxing advertising restrictions on newspapers will be implemented.

Most definitely, we want to be geared up to in advance to follow through the new rules imposed. For more related articles, visit us at http://applypersonalloans.sg/.
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Interest Rate Spikes & Latest in Moneylending News

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Money, money and more money! The recent news about the US interest rates hikes has hit our shores in Singapore and the news is not entirely encouraging.

The three-month Sibor, which is used to price most loans and mortgages here, has been inching its way upwards due to interest rate hike in the United States and a weakening Singapore dollar versus the greenback. The recent announcements by MAS to reduce the Singapore dollar from appreciating aims to keep the Sibor elevated.

The Sibor is fixed daily by the Association of Banks in Singapore based on quotes from banks on what they expect to pay for interbank loans that day. In short, it is affected by liquidity in the banking sector.

“The reduction of the appreciation slope could keep pressure on the US and Singapore dollar exchange rate and thus could ensure Sibor remains at current levels … This move by MAS helps keep Singapore policy on a stable footing, and we expect it to be modestly beneficial for Singapore bank earnings,” analysts from Morgan Stanley said in a research note.

Interest Rate Hike: What does it mean for You?

Many housing loans offered by banks are tied to three-month Sibor. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), for example, has 3 types of home loans and one that is currently offering home loans at three-month Sibor plus 0.85 percentage points for the first three years, according to its website. Lending rates are reviewed every three months. As the Sibor is set to increase, so will the interest rate rise. Home owners will eventually face higher mortgage payments.

“We had expected the bullish move in the SOR and Sibor since last year,” says UOB economist Francis Tan (source)

Analysts are looking at further upside to about 1 to 1.2 per cent at the end of the year. Effectively leading to an interest rate of about over 2% for home loans.

Let us assume an outstanding housing loan of S$500,000 and 20 years remaining. With the current interest rate of 1.5 per cent, this works out to a monthly payment of about S$2,410.

If the interest rate is increased to 2 per cent, the monthly payment would rise to around S$2,530. Should the rate rise to 3 per cent, the monthly payment would be S$2,770.

What to Do Next with Higher Interest Rate?

Higher interest rates charged by banks affect your loans directly. Thus you will see your loans, home mortgage loans, renovation loans slowly inching its way up.

Hence start reviewing your loans! For example, review your home loan packages every two to three years. Look at the trends Conventional wisdom has it that you should review your loan package every two to three years, or before the promotional period ends and your bank raises its premium on the interest you pay, which increases your monthly instalments.

In short, think long term and look around for good deals. Always negotiate with the bank on refinancing options.

Latest in Moneylending Industry Singapore

DPM Teo added that the improved situation was due to the tough laws enacted, strong enforcement efforts against loan-shark syndicates and the high level of community support in the fight against unlicensed moneylending activities.

According to DPM Teo, about 1,900 people were arrested for unlicensed moneylending and related harassment offences on average yearly between 2011 and 2014, while about 2,600 were convicted in court for these offences.

Debt Collectors in Singapore creating a fuss & harrassment at Funan Digital Mall Singapore

Seen the recent hype about public harassment during working hours? Debt collectors created a ruckus at Funan Mall over unpaid debts. Moreover, this was during working hours infront of the public eye.

With clamping down on unlicensed activities and harassment cases, this is looking good for us licensed moneylenders at Empire Global. The image of licensed lenders is changing for the better as tougher laws are weeding out bad lenders. Thankfully, the ruly debt collectors have been arrested for unlawful assembly.

 

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/debt-collectors-who-created-scene-funan-mall-foodcourt-arrested-po?page=15

 

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Unsecured Borrowing: Why You Should Be Aware

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Singapore – As the nation progresses aggressively and competes against the other countries, there are now an increasing number of new borrowers in the market. This has led to several changes in credit lending rules in the past years and there is are new regulations to look at. More borrowers are exceeding their unsecured debt limits and over borrowing past their financial limits. Consumer credit trends have stabilised and is in a healthy state, although some borrowers have over-extended themselves. Let us at Empire Global explain further on how individuals are affected. According the the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), about 3% of unsecured borrowers are in unsecured debts that exceeds their annual incomes. Unsecured debt is money owed that is not tied to any assets, in contrast to secured debt such as housing and car loans. Examples include credit card debt and personal loans. This prompted the Credit Counselling Singapore (CCS) to look into cutting borrowers debts by offering a centralised repayment solution. CCS will roll out a centralised repayment solution to help borrowers coordinate negotiations across financial institutions and work out a repayment plan. The plan will take into account a the borrower’s background such as borrower’s income, expenditure, needs and loan obligations. All the leading retail banks have agreed to get on board with the new system by the first quarter of next year. For moneylenders, borrowers are highly encourage to speak to the loan officers to negotiate a suitable loan contract between themselves.

As A Borrower?

Saving Yourself From Unsecured Debt. New Unsecured Rules to aid borrowers. Starting from June next year, borrowers will be barred from getting additional credit if their debt exceeds their annual income for three straight months. With major crackdowns on illegal lending and moneylenders providing bad practises, the various agencies are clamping down hard on offenders. The police in August released its Mid-Year Crime Brief, which revealed that there were 3,235 cases of unlicensed moneylending reported in the first six months of this year. This was down 31.6 per cent from the 4,729 cases reported over the same period last year. Furthermore, social safeguards such as the continuous crackdown on illegal moneylenders are taking place. There’s many of such lenders providing bad advice and hidden rules + charges that are disallowed by the government. This is why we at Empire Global strongly emphasize the importance of understanding the terms of borrowing and letting customers know about it. We do not engage in forcing borrowers to sign but instead tell them the best way forward for them. This is why we value our financial loan officers very much and also why as a borrower you should go only to licensed moneylenders. Always practise financial prudence.

What’s New for Unsecured Lending?

As mentioned before, the advisory committee for moneylenders have now come up with suggestions stating that the total amount that a person can borrow would be just four times the amount of their monthly salary. Read more on how BUDGET 2014 Singapore affected moneylenders Read more on: Advisory Committee Setup Loans for borrowers earning below $20,000 a year will be capped at $3,000. Interest rates are also expected to be changed, as the committee suggest it to be capped at four percent a month. These are actually great news for all borrowers as they are strict rules which prevents moneylenders from illegally charging more than the norm. Least now there’s would be a standard across the board. Read about what the new Advisory Committee has to say about unsecured loans

Our Advise for Getting Unsecured Loans?

Be smart. Maximise your money by making smart financial decisions. Try to cut your debts quickly and borrow wisely. Only when you need it especially for life emergencies. Learn about the various loan offering available (payday loan, personal loan, unsecured loan, bank loans, etc). Choose on that best suits your financial needs and do not over borrow. Borrow only what you really need. Should you need credit advise from official channels, you can contact the Credit Counselling Department and they will guide you through. If you need loan advice or how to properly plan the credit you need, you can also contact us at Empire Global and our loan officers will best advise you. More reading articles http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/parliament/news/lower-unlicensed/1353712.html

More for detail, visit us at http://applypersonalloans.sg/unsecured-borrowing-changes-aware/

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Chinese New Year: Singapore Gamblers Get Hooked!

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Gambling has a long history in Chinese culture. Coming Chinese New Year will soon lead to Singapore gamblers getting hooked online & offline.
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Instant Cash Loan in Singapore | Learn about Loans | Empire Global

Instant Cash Loan in Singapore | Learn about Loans | Empire Global | Money lender | Scoop.it
Instant cash loan in Singapore could be your best loan option. Learn about instant cash loans options in Singapore.
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The finance industry itself is a tough one. Not to mention the lending industry that exist within. The lending industry is constantly revolving to adapt to the multitude of changes that happens in the financial world and government policies. This has led to stiff competition and many use attractive instant cash loan offers to entice customers. The current economy is not doing anyone good either, with wages and salaries stagnating and with a downward decline in job availability. Thus having cash on hand is becoming an issue, and people turn to loans to maintain their needs or to fix their financial woes.
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How Deliveroo Singapore and Other On Demand Food Services Rise Up in Asia

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See how Deliveroo Singapore adapts quickly to market needs to service a growing demand for food delivery services.
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Chinese New Year Traditions: Everything A Tourist Need to Know in Singapore

Chinese New Year Traditions: Everything A Tourist Need to Know in Singapore | Money lender | Scoop.it
Find out about the various chinese new year traditions in Singapore. How to be a super tourist during the Chinese New Year period here!
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Chinese New Year is celebrated yearly in Singapore generally in the month of January or February, depending on the lunar calendar. This year, in 2017, it’s celebrated on 28th January, Saturday. If you have recently shifted to Singapore, or planning a visit here during this period, you would want to read this.
 
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Popular Year-End Money Express Options in Singapore

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It's the season to be jolly! Explore popular money express options in Singapore and pick the right money option for your year end spending.
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It’s the jolly time of the year again! While this means tons of celebrations, awesome food, gift exchanges and long holidays, it also meant that you have to spend lots of money. So planning your finance properly will definitely help you not to hurt your pockets during this holiday season.
 
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How to Use Personal Loan to Your Advantage?

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Personal loans are easily available to many. Learn how to make the right decisions for your personal loans to your advantage.
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Personal loan is readily available to anyone via multiple financial institutions such as banks and moneylenders. With such flexibility, it also meant that individuals now have the capability to spend first and think about the consequences later. But as the cliché saying goes, with “great power, comes great responsibility”. So here’s how to borrow responsibly so that you don’t regret your decision later.
 
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Pokemon Go Addiction Equivalent to Over Borrowing Loans!

Pokemon Go Addiction Equivalent to Over Borrowing Loans! | Money lender | Scoop.it
Pokemon Go has taken over Singapore with players of all ages. Read how this new addiction to Pokemon is similar to loan borrowing addiction.
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General Elections & Money Matters. How it Affects You!

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General Elections & Money Matters. How it Affects You!

 

General Elections 2015 begins! It’s time to cast your votes! This time to your political party in Singapore. The General Elections of 2015 are just around the corner and it has caused quite a sensational stir here in Singapore. With the added usage of social media and the gen-y kids with their first foray into the voting cycle, it’s no wonder every news platform is publishing about the general elections.

Well, here at Empire Global we are under the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. Which is the political fight between the incumbents PAP versus the SPP-DPP joint party. It will be an exciting fight as strong leaders of the PAP have stepped down to make way for new leaders. Of course, we will not tell you which party we are voting for (voting is secret).

General Elections 2015 & Money

Money has always been on every Singaporeans minds especially in regards to housing loans, loans and CPF. Debates have been launched on such topics and it will always be the talk of the town. This is important as the  cost of living in Singapore is set to rise, the thought of having to work till old end is certainly scaring the younger generation to build families.

It has been significant in our population numbers as the number of new births are on the decline. Even with subsidies and incentives setup for families, Singaporeans at large are still on a worrying mindset of money and trying to keep up with their loans.

And yet the cost of living is one of the most complained issue during the general elections. Furthermore, the widening income gap has made the situation worse. Some of our customers mentioned about the cost of living in Singapore and how it had affected them when they come to our loan officers.

“It’s not just about people paying more. The deeper unhappiness is the sense that economic growth and wealth have not been suitably shared.” – SMU law don Eugene Tan.

This has probably got people to pay more attention to what the different political parties have to say on the different heartland issues in Singapore during the general elections campaign. It is clearly evident this time round as crowds had turned up during the Worker’s Party first campaign.

 

Huge Crowds at Worker’s Party first election rally at Hougang GE 2015.

Government Policies & General Elections

Like you, we are concerned about business. In terms of employment as an employer, we do have issues in hiring and maintaining our staff at times. We also look towards the different policies that the government intends to implement. Such as the much talked about 4% interest rate on money lending. That has caused quite a stir within our moneylending industry. Even at Empire Global, we have to make a couple of changes in terms of our business. We of course want what is best for our borrower clients.

The debates on foreign talent (FT) is especially obvious. Furious locals are banking on new policies to change the numbers of such foreign talent that seems to be snapping up their jobs. We as employers are more concerned with employing reliable and good people.

It indeed is a complicated case that remains set to be unresolved totally. Read more on a debate that about general elections whether it is able to cause investors to flee if the ruling party loses more than half the votes.

Well what about you? Who’s your favourite political party?

P.S: We have no affiliation with any political party. Just a voice.

 

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General elections 2015 has caused quite a stir in Singapore. With all seats being contested for, it will be an exciting general election.

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Learn Personal Loans & What is a Loan Company in SG

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More often than not we get asked what is a personal loan and how do we differ from a bank in Singapore. Basically licensed money lenders just work similarly to banks here.

So what is a personal loan company in Singapore really mean and how does the personal loan work out from these money lenders.

Looking for a personal loan company? When exactly?

With the current cost of living rising and jobs being harder to find, more and more people who aren’t so prudent with their finances end up in debts. When one’s financial situation gets out of hand, one turns to friends or families and if that doesn’t work out, you turn to banks.

At times, a person’s credit report or rep sheet is not so great and in turn there’s the licensed moneylender option.

So how does one know that a company operating a licensed money lender is good? Do what a shopper would do. Check out their personal loan rates, ask for their best loan terms & loan period.

Do not forget to ask about the effective interest rate. And just do a simple comparison of what you have.

Lender policies differ between lender to lender, more often than not its the loan terms and interest rates that sets them apart.

Some lenders will be able to offer a flexible personal loan period to suit your needs even. Always shop around and of course customer service plays an important role.

Even us at Empire Global want you to compare. You can easily submit a loan request to us through our online personal loan application. We will get back to you in the quickest time possible on your loan terms.

What determines the personal loan offer you get in Singapore?

Personal loan in Singapore and the how to get a loan

Although money lender have different personal policies, the main factors remain. Companies like us will look at the type of loan you want, your loan period, your base salary.

Loan specialists will evaluate your financial status and recommend a suitable loan amount, rate and tenor based on your financial needs and ability to repay the loan over time.

Scams from Unlicensed Moneylenders

Believe most of you have read about moneylender scams and loan sharks trying to taunt you to pay up.

These online and offline harassment techniques can certainly be irritating. Some come in the form of SMSes that start out with “OWE $ PAY $”, including a “lovely” expletive and ending with “I SURE COME LOCK AND BURN YOUR HOUSE TONIGHT”. That makes one big bad wolf.

Luckily for us, the Singapore government has been tough on cracking down such cases. Licensed moneylenders found to using such techniques will get their licenses suspended or face a hefty fine.

Licenses of moneylenders have become lesser, as some licensed money lenders end up losing their licenses due to bad practises. Loan sharks and unlicensed moneylenders cases have been facing a lot of heat as the police cracks down on them.

There’s lots of publicity on it and the police has taken an active role in educating the public at large.

Foreigners Seeking Loans: Enter Foreigner Loan

Although there’s banks and financial instituations,  there are a lot more restrictions in place when they provide personal loans.

If you are a Singaporean or a PR that doesn’t earn more than the $20,000 /yr quantum, it can be quite tough to get a loan.

Furthermore if you are a foreigner with less than $45,000 annual income it gets tough to borrow from the banks. So most of the times, foreigners approach licensed money lenders for a take on loans.

How Much Can you Loan?

As mentioned earlier, if your annual income is less than $20,000, it’s tough to find a bank willing to provide an unsecured loan for you at the best possible rates.

However, most licensed money lenders will be able to legally loan you up to $3,000. If you are earning more than $20,000, a licensed money lender can then loan up to 2 to 4 month’s of you salary. Which is why we ask for a proof of salary at times. The loan amount depends on your repayment period too.

 

Do contact us if you require a personal loan.

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Harassed by Loansharks '大耳窿'? Use Licensed Moneylender!

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The digital age has certainly changed the way business is done. And the illegal moneylender (loansharks) have taken it to new heights. We at Empire Global take a look at how the industry is changing rapidly.

Harassment Online: Name Shaming

Loansharks are now using social media to take their “Owe$Pay$” threats online. One creates a fake account that replicates the borrower’s with similar name and befriends everyone that he knows. And then the big hit comes whereby the loanshark starts placing posts on the account.

They even use postcards with pictures of the victim’s identity card, plastered with O$P$ and plastered them onto the fake account. This is just one such antic being used by them.

By name shaming and cyber bullying the borrower, the unlicensed moneylender gets to publicly let the victim’s closest ones know about his borrowing issue.

Help Yourself from Illegal Moneylender

Firstly, the law is on your side in an online bullying case. Facebook complaints falls the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA) because he had claimed the content on Facebook was false.

Secondly, under the Moneylenders Act, any person who, acting on behalf of an unlicensed moneylender, commits or attempts to use any threatening, abusive or insulting words, behaviour, writing, sign or visible representation, or commits any act likely to cause alarm or annoyance to his borrower or surety, any member of the family of the borrower or surety, or any other person, may face up to five years in jail, a fine between $5,000 and $50,000 and is also liable to get caned.

With the police clamping hard on harassment cases coupled with the use of modern technology plus social media, the police have come up with alternatives to get the public at large to help them.

Posting images of loanshark harassment, with their deeds online, the police appeals to the public to turn n such offenders. Such as Liu Yimin Lynnette, 28, who was charged in court facing seven charges of splashing red paint on doors and pasting envelopes with “O$P$”, the unit numbers of the borrowers, and a mobile number on the walls beside the units.

The young woman (above) whom the police were looking for in relation to loanshark harassment has been charged in court. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

News publishers such as AsiaOne has taken this another step further by showing a map of the money harassment cases (Loanshark Harassment Hotspots) occurring in Singapore. These are public information gathered from SPH news sources to give the public a better look at the harassment cases by illegal moneylenders.

Borrow from Licensed Moneylender Instead

Simply avoid all these harassments that could ruin your name by going to proper licensed moneylenders instead. There are limited licensed moneylenders and every year it becomes harder for businesses like us to maintain the moneylender license.

This is due to changing policies that improves the safety nets of borrowers. We encourage these moves by the government no doubt as it makes things smoother for us.

With strict regulations by the government and heavy punishments for licensed moneylenders if they made offences. Hence borrowing from licensed moneylenders make a better choice.

Negotiations between lending officers becomes easier too. Tell us your concerns and we can help you. We would not want to lose our licenses too!

 

For more articles, do visit us at http://applypersonalloans.sg/.

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Payday Loan: Everything you need to know | Apply payday loan online

Payday Loan: Everything you need to know | Apply payday loan online | Money lender | Scoop.it

Tight on cash this month? If you are, one option you may consider would be taking up a payday loan. A quick and fast cash loan subjected to your salary.

 

By definition, a payday loan is a short-term, unsecured loan. At times its referred to as “cash advance”. The interest rate is much higher in comparison to personal loan but the merit is that the loan is processed quickly and you so not have to give any security

Why people get A Payday Loan

Demand for payday loans have soared over the years due to the rapidly increasing cost of living and a non-existent rise in salary. Due to this worrying fact, more people are opting for payday loans and some are unable to repay them. We really do not want you to get caught in this debt trap so before you take a payday loan out, we want to be doubly sure that you understand what you are signing up for.

It helps to keep and maintain the basic needs that one may have. Not just that, life emergencies requires cash quickly. This is one of the many typical scenarios whereby a payday loan could really help you.

Many a times some of our customers got their loans from illegal moneylenders in Singapore who charge them extremely high interest rates. These unlicensed moneylenders target those who are desperate. Offering no obligations instant loans and take advantage of the borrower. These borrowers usually end up in higher never-ending debts.

Like always, we strongly advise you to get a loan from a licensed moneylender.

Basic Requirements for a payday loan?

Payday loan is our area of expertise. Empire Global specialises in payday loan and personal loans in Singapore. We do no judge base on race or nationalities when it comes to a payday loan.

So whether if you are a foreigner living in Singapore or a local, or just unfamiliar with the loan industry. Do no hesitate to drop us a call @ 6259 1883 or use our instant quote. Our loan officers will shortly attend to you in one hour.

Eligibilities• Full time employment.• Age above 21 years old and below 65 years old.• You must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.• Bankruptcy Do Not Apply.

Call us direct on any loan enquiries that you might have. We want you to make the correct decision. Do check out this guide provided by the Ministry of Law on borrowing from licensed money lenders.

What are the Advantages of a Payday Loan?

Loans differ on case by case basis. A personal loan might not be a right fit for you should you should you need advance cash faster. Basically there are 5 main advantages of a payday loan as compared to a bank loan.

1. Quick, fast, convenient. Payday loans are common in the market and the competition is high. There is a great variety of such short term loans and multiple offerings. Hence with a little bit of research and bargaining, you could get a better deal. 2. Payday loans are much easier to attain vs those by large financial institutions. Pay day loan serve as great alternatives to other loans provided by banks. 3. Smaller loan amount makes repayment much easier. Payday loans are kept small as they are meant to assist you in life emergencies. Essentials like keep your own house operating by paying for the multiple bills you have incurred. Smaller loans also allows affordable repayment options for many. This loan can be used for both businesses and personal transactions. 4. Lower qualifying requirements. As the amounts are smaller, the processes are far fewer. Most of the time cash advances are made accessible and transferred to the borrower’s account within a couple of hours. 5. Improves credit history. Payday loans are still loans. Since the loan amounts are smaller, it is easier to repay them. If you have previously failed to repay other loans, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your credit score ratings.

There are many cash loan and pay day loan located conveniently in Singapore. Once again we emphasize you to choose wisely on the money lender and loan plans that you intend to get. Great advice and guidance are some of the many things that our highly trained loan advisors take pride in. We always take time to assist you through when you apply for a loan or a non-obligationary quote enquiry.

We provide online application for pay day loans that are accessed and replied to you within an hour. Quick and great service is one of our promises.

 

Do not hesitate to seek more information from us at http://applypersonalloans.sg.

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7 Great Tips to identify legal moneylenders vs illegal moneylenders

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Here are 7 effective tips to identify legal moneylenders vs illegal moneylenders in the market. Do your research before borrowing from one!
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6 Tips to Help Manage Debts & Finances | Licensed Moneylending

6 Tips to Help Manage Debts & Finances | Licensed Moneylending | Money lender | Scoop.it

According to an article published on The Straits Times on 1 August 2013, Singaporeans are loading up more and more on debts and many are taking up multiple loans.

This is also made evident in the Yearbook of Statistics Singapore 2013; it shows that the number of pledges received at pawnshops and the numbers of loans have shot up significantly between the years 2011-2013. Obviously, this has shown that Singaporeans may have difficulty in managing debts and require help to manage debts.

As it’s becoming easier to apply for credit options such as credit cards, credit lines and loans, the number of young adults running into debts are increasing as well.

6 Tips to Manage Debts Better

So how should you ensure that you don’t end up being buried under a mountain of debt?

Here is a simple video by Institute of Financial Literarcy that shows us how you can learn to manage debts, and some take-away pointers from us at Empire Global SG.

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1.) Don’t take up loans that you Cannot Afford

Before you get too excited about taking up a loan for your new Porsche or Ferrari, please bear this in mind – higher debts equals higher repayment terms which leads to lesser ready cash for your other expenses.

As a general rule of thumb, your total monthly servicable should not exceed 35% of your gross income. This is to ensure that you will be able to repay the loan with ease and not create a pit-hole for your future.

2.) Be interested in interest rates

Is it true that you should take a package with a lower interest rate? If you agree with that statement, you are probably paying more interest than necessary.

Effective interest rates reflect the true cost of taking up the loan as it takes into consideration the frequency and amount of the repayments.

This could means that although you are servicing a smaller amount of monthly repayments but you are actually paying more than one who pays a larger monthly amount.

Advertised interest rates on the other hand, are typically nominal rates, which have not taken the amount of loan and period of repayment into consideration.

Therefore, next time when you are offer an attractive loan rate, do not be too hasty to take up yet.

Ask the bank for the effective interest rates as well; calculate the exact amount that you need to repay after taking into consideration the amount of loan and the frequency of repayments before you decide whether to take up the loan.

Hence, if you are keen to manage debts, make sure you have adequate knowledge in the different interest rates and be very clear of what you are landing yourself into!

3.) Read Everything before signing anything

Unless you are a superstar who needs to autograph for 5000 fans within 2 hours, take time to study the contract carefully. Understand your rights and obligations before you sign.

If in doubt, question every term and jargon that you don’t understand. Know that you are the customer and have the right to know every detail thoroughly from the service providers.

Once you have signed on the contract, you are legally bound to the terms and conditions stated.

To manage debts well, do not make the common mistake that most people do when taking up a loan deal. Not reading the fine print!

4.) Don’t Borrow to Pay a Debt. Ever.

We cannot stress on this point any further – Never Ever Borrow to Pay a Debt. Do this in order to manage debts better!

If you need to borrow to pay for a debt, it shows that you are already having problems to manage debts.

Stop before you dig yourself into another hole! Look at some of the Stupidest Ways Singaporeans Deal With Debts and don’t follow in their footsteps.

If you think you can manage debts yourself, by doing so, you are totally wrong. Wouldn’t it be worse to have one more debtor coming after you for repayment?

Here are some steps from MoneySense to help you understand how you can become debt-free as soon as possible.

Credit Card Payment on Credit Card Joke5.) Stay on track with the big picture

Are you getting confused over the different debts that you have? Are you unsure of what debts you are paying for every month and when are the repayments going to end?

To manage debts well, come up with a spreadsheet to have a better overview of the outstanding debts. It will also help you to prioritise which debt you should repay first.

As a general rule, you should always pay off the debt with the highest interest rates such as credit card debts.

This helpful infographic will show you 5 tips to save yourself from the credit card debts.

5 Ways Dig Yourself Out of Credit Card Debt Info graphic. Manage Debts better!

6.) Consolidate and save

Are you suffocating from the different debts that you need to repay every month? Perhaps it’s time for you to speak to your lender on the repayment terms.

Trust us; the situation will just get worse if you try to avoid payments. Have a good control over your financial situation; ensure that you do not have too many late repayments to prevent incurring more interest.

Your lender may be able to help you to restructure the loan. After all, all lenders would want their money back.

Don’t try to avoid your lender just because you are having problems with the repayments. Be open to them. Ask for help.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the best way to prevent you from getting unhealthy with debts is to be able to manage  debts well. Understanding your needs and wants, be able to differentiate between the two.

Focus on your priorities in life. Understand your needs and reduce on your wants, you will naturally be able to reduce your debts.

Before taking up a loan or swiping your credit cards for your next purchases. You should look at your monthly income, expenses and budget them accordingly.

Do you have the capability to support that new purchase? Ask yourself the questions before committing.

Spending more than you Earn

Therefore, as much as possible, we should try our best to manage debts before it gone badly and enjoy our lives within our own means.

If you can only remember one point, just remember this - Spend within your limits and plan wisely. Speak to the friendly loan officers at Empire Global SG for advice and assistance if you need further information.

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Visit us @ http://applypersonalloans.sg and we at Empire Global SG will look at how to help you to manage your debts better!

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Singapore Dollar Stays Strong: Time to Travel!

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With a spate of recent news, signifying that the Singapore dollar has hit historical highs against the Malaysian ringgit and Indonesian rupiah. So what does that mean for us at Empire Global? Travel!!

It’s the perfect time to hit the money exchangers and get stocked on Malaysian ringgit. It’s the year end and holidays too. Hence there is probably no greater time than to take advantage of the situation plus take a break with the family.

Singapore Dollar Strengths?

Firstly, the Singapore dollar has gained great ground on the yen due to monetary easing by the Bank of Japan.

Since the start of the year 2014, the Singapore Dollar has risen 7.3% on the ringgit with the money market currently standing at SGD 1 to RM 2.64 (time of writing). This has been extremely great news for those Malaysians working in Singapore as they enjoy the benefits of the exchange rates. Some analysts expect it to fall even further. We hope so too!

In-depth of Oil Demands

Part of the ringgit downward trend has been affected by the continuous slide in oil prices. As Malaysia has been a strong oil-exporting country, there are fears that falling oil prices will further cause declining revenues for the country. The oil price has fallen by more than 40% since June, when it was $115 a barrel. It is now below $70. This comes after nearly five years of stability.

Weak economic demand has caused oil demand to slide tremendously. Hence a great oil-exporting country like Malaysia has seen it’s export market falling. Oil-related industries account for a third of Malaysian state revenue.

How Does the Singapore Dollar Work?

The Singapore dollar is managed by the MAS against a currency basket comprised by the country’s major trading partners and competitors. The central bank established the weight of every different currency by taking into account the trade flows between the countries and the way the corresponding economy is impacting Singapore’s exposure to the rest of the world.

Being a massively export dependent economy and a crucial financial and logistics centre, the way monetary policy is conducted has proven to be an essential tool for the booming economy since 1981.

What Next for you?This has made Malaysia a more affordable country to travel to. President of the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) has also highlighted his comments that Malaysia should try to take advantage of the situation as travel has weakened greatly since the attack on the MAS planes has caused strong negative sentiments to the travel industry. See more at: Travel Industry May Benefit from Weaker Ringgit

Arcade Moneychangers one of the best in town. Great Rates!

You probably have already seen moneychangers having long queues for the holidays. Now with the weaker Ringgit there are even longer queues and higher Singapore Dollar exchange needed to get the better exchange rates.

Today, moneychangers said they were still seeing long queues of people buying the Malaysian currency at their shops. However, they were not expecting a shortage in the coming days. Mohamad Rafik of Arcade Money Changers said: “Most people already bought as much ringgit as they can. I don’t think they will buy more.”

The falling value of the ringgit over the past weeks has been good news to Malaysians working in Singapore and Singaporeans who regularly travel across the Causeway for business or leisure.

Singaporeans travelling to these locations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia) are going to enjoy great conversion rates and get more for their money.

Although while the Singapore Dollar is good in the asian markets, it has suffered against the Euro & the USD. Holiday makers rejoice as you can now make your dollar stretch event further especially in Malaysia or any oil-exporting country!

Word of Caution for Singapore Dollar

Malaysia Increases VEP fees. Reduces savings from strong Singapore Dollar.

As with all currency exchanges, do not overplay into the whole forex exchange. Exchange what you need or exchange just a little more for future needs. Currencies can change rapidly when the time comes and its seldom wise to hedge so much into currencies.

However, you might want to consider taking public transport. With VEP charges raised more than 5 times from RM2.90 to RM16.50 and with recent news that the Malaysian authorities plans to increase it to RM20 in middle of 2015 the savings from the falling ringgit might not be seen.

Meanwhile, enjoy the exchange rate!

More reading articles: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-7-55-vep-fee-may-prompt/1542762.htmlhttp://mypaper.sg/business/ringgit-slides-10-month-low-263-against-sgd-20141203http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/ringgit-weakest-level-1998-asian-financial-crisis Check out on our website at http://applypersonalloans.sg/
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