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How to Avoid Payday Loan Scams and Unauthorised Firms in the UK

How to Avoid Payday Loan Scams and Unauthorised Firms in the UK

The FCA has gone to great lengths to regulate the conduct of finance industry players in the UK. In an effort to protect consumers, the FCA has a guide that is bound to help you avoid being scammed and/or dealing with unauthorised firms.

The consequences of dealing with unauthorised firms are dire. For instance, individuals who conduct business with unauthorised firms aren’t covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme or the Financial Ombudsman Service in case anything goes wrong. To avoid losing your hard earned money, it is important to avoid unauthorised firms. Furthermore, most scams are orchestrated by unauthorised firms.

This leads us to a very important question; how do you avoid scams and unauthorised firms in the UK? Below are 10 important steps to consider according to the FCA.

Step 1: Don’t accept cold calls

You should treat cold calls with extreme caution to avoid being scammed or dealing with unauthorised firms in the UK. Ideally, you should not pick cold calls and if you do, hang up immediately. It doesn’t matter how attractive an investment sounds, most scammers cold-call potential clients. They may also email or text you. For this reason, never open or respond to unsolicited correspondence. It is possible to set protective mailing and telephone preferences to keep you safe.

Step 2: Check if the firm you are about to deal with is registered or authorised

This has to be the easiest but most overlooked way of avoiding scams and unauthorised firms. You shouldn’t deal with any firm that isn’t authorised or registered by the FCA. The FCA has a register (https://register.fca.org.uk/) that lists firms as well as individuals that are authorised or registered to conduct business in the UK. It is advisable to access the register directly from the FCA website as opposed to clicking links in emails for security reasons.

It’s also advisable to beware of registered firms which don’t volunteer adequate information to the FCA since firms aren’t obligated to provide a lot of information about their business. When confirming the identity of any authorised firm on the FCA register, ask for the FRN (Firm Reference Number) as well as the contact details. It’s also good to call the firm back using the switchboard number on the register as opposed to any direct line they may offer you. If you can’t find contact details or the firm claims the details are outdated, call the FCA consumer helpline (0800 111 6768) for help.

Step 3: Check the FCA list of unauthorised firms

FCA has a special list (https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/unauthorised-firms-individuals) containing all unauthorised firms. To avoid being scammed, make sure you check if the FCA has blacklisted the firm or individual/s you want to conduct business with. The FCA list contains all firms as well as individuals that the FCA has received complaints about. Although the list changes regularly, the FCA adds new firms and names as frequently. Please note that you shouldn’t assume that the firm or individual you are about to deal with is legitimate simply because they are not in the FCA list. The firm/individual may not have been reported to the FCA yet.

It’s also worth noting the FCA has another list (a warning list) http://scamsmart.fca.org.uk/warninglist/ that contains names of individuals and firms that contact people unexpectedly about investment opportunities. You can use this list to see the kind of investment opportunities, firms and individuals you should avoid.

Step 4: Conduct additional checks

Today’s scammers use tactics that keep evolving so don’t stop even after checking the FCA’s list of unauthorised firms. For instance, you should investigate the firm’s website using Companies House (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house) or directory enquiries to ascertain if the firm has issued the correct details on their website.

Step 5: Be cautious of cloned firms

Most scammers pretend to be subsidiaries of a company authorised by the FCA. The scammers usually claim to be overseas firms authorised to conduct business on behalf of FCA authorised firms. Beware of such firms (commonly referred to as cloned firms). To avoid being scammed by cloned firms, check the website of the authorised firm to confirm if the firm has subsidiaries or authorised partners.

Step 6: Stop sending money immediately

If you have already started conducting business with a firm but start getting suspicious that you are being scammed, stop sending money to the firm or individual in question immediately. If you have already surrendered your bank account details, inform your bank immediately.

Step 7: Beware of overseas firms

Most scammers today will present themselves as overseas firms making it hard for you to check and ascertain if they are regulated. Luckily, the FCA has compiled warnings from foreign regulators here: http://www.iosco.org/investor_protection/?subsection=investor_alerts_portal. These warnings are about foreign firms operating illegally and/or scamming people in the UK. Before dealing with any overseas firm/scheme, find out how that firm/scheme is regulated.

Step 8: Report unauthorised firms

If you suspect you have been dealing with an unauthorised firm, contact the FCA immediately through their consumer helpline number (0800 111 6768). The FCA has a reporting form that allows you to report as much information as possible about the ”suspect” firm or individual.

Step 9: Be cautious about further scams

Scammers take advantage of the fact that individuals who have been scammed will want to get their money back. As a result, beware of individuals or companies that call to assist/help you get your money back.

Further scams can assume many forms. For instance, you may be offered another deal that comes with some fees that must be settled before you can get your money back. You can also be threatened with some legal action if you request for a refund or stop sending money. Scammers also ask for personal information such as bank account details for them to send you a refund. Instead of getting back your money, the scammers can attempt to steal your funds and/or sell your personal information.

Step 10: Don’t forget about fake liquidators

The FCA has received numerous reports that scammers are impersonating liquidators/claiming to represent legitimate liquidators. Such scammers usually charge a fee, tax to sell/release/return your investment. You may also be asked for an upfront payment. Avoid such firms/individuals by all means. You can find legitimate liquidators by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/find-out-if-a-company-is-in-financial-trouble

Summary

Although there may be other steps to follow when you want to avoid fraudsters and unauthorised firms in the UK, the above steps are the most important according to the FCA. If you follow them to the letter, you don’t have to worry about being a victim of any financial scam in the UK.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Donald Trump Wants To Scrap The Consumer Protection Agency, What Does This Mean For Borrowers In The US?

Donald Trump Wants To Scrap The Consumer Protection Agency, What Does This Mean For Borrowers In The US?

US President Donald Trump is facing immense pressure to get rid of America’s consumer protection agency CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). This is according to the man set to head the agency. If this happens, rogue debt collectors, loan sharks, and payday lenders will have unmatched freedom to rip off American borrowers.

According to Randy Neugebauer who is slated to replace the current CFPB Director, President Trump is facing immense pressure from the Republican Party to break up the agency completely. The former Texas congressman held talks with the then President-Elect Trump shortly after his election victory in November.

While speaking to The Independent exclusively in his 1st interview since the new Trump administration took office, Mr. Neugebauer stated that his meetings with President Trump have involved discussions revolving around deregulating as well as gutting the CFPB.
Mr. Neugebauer went ahead to state that some of his colleagues are in favour of doing away with the agency completely. He is however of the opinion that it’s better to change certain aspects of the agency as opposed to doing away with the agency completely. Mr. Neugebauer feels that the government shouldn’t be telling the public what types of financial products are the best but rather, creating a safe environment where the public is safe from unfair lending practices.

This is where the CFPB comes in. The agency has the power to take any necessary action against companies which break the law. The agency also takes on cases revolving around race or age discrimination.

Under Mr. Neugebauer’s watch, the agency’s current form is likely to be dismantled which may result in the agency losing much of its influence. Mr. Neugebauer claims that American consumers are currently being suffocated by regulations. He prefers a consumer environment where consumers have the freedom to choose the loans they want whether the deals available are good or bad.

Mr. Neugebauer has stated that he is willing run the agency if appointed. However, it will depend on what the long-term plan of the agency will be. Although Mr. Neugebauer admits to having had broad discussions with President Trump, he goes ahead to state that he hasn’t discussed any specific job offer with the president.

Mr. Neugebauer has been on the record voicing his support for payday loan lenders, despite the apparent lack of transparency as well as crippling interest rate charges that have contributed to calls for payday lenders to be banned.

He also backs President Trump’s executive order aimed at reviewing the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations. Mr. Neugebauer states that the Obama administration rules meant to get rid of risky lending practices were an overreaction. Mr. Neugebauer views the current regulation as blanket regulation meant for the whole financial market yet some entities weren’t part of the cause of the financial crisis that warranted the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations. In his opinion and those of many others, the regulation went too far.
Under the current CPFB director Richard Cordray, customers who have been victims of credit scams or unfair banking sector practices have received billions in compensation. However, Mr. Neugebauer claims that the problem was overstated and individual states were doing a better job when compared to the CPFB.

He admits to the fact that there are people who will always try to abuse the system, however, action can and has been taken against such people.
Furthermore, the CFPB is already under threat given the federal appeals court ruling in October that the agency has an unconstitutional structure. The ruling also gave President Trump the power to dismiss the current director at will and appoint his replacement anytime even before his term ends in 2018.

The agency which came into being after the 2010 Dodd-Frank reform law was enacted is among former President Obama’s main domestic policy achievements. The achievement is, however, unpopular with libertarians who think it has resulted in unplanned long-term commitments that shifts from the initial objective. Most libertarians feel the agency should either be reformed or disbanded.

A bill has already been introduced by Representative John Ratcliffe and Senator Ted Cruz to disband the agency. If the bill is passed prompting the disbandment of the CFPB, the move will be hugely controversial. Many banking sector players have warned against such a move claiming it will do more harm than good.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
The FCA ''killed'' Payday Loans But What Has Come After Appears To Be Just As Bad For Borrowers

The FCA ”killed” Payday Loans But What Has Come After Appears To Be Just As Bad For Borrowers

Many people in Britain applauded when the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) put an end to Wonga-style payday loans back in 2015. Fast forward two years later, the applause is over. In fact, fear has set in over whether the FCA’s payday loan assault has resulted in a new uncontrollable headache for borrowers.

The FCA has gone as far as launching an investigation on the impact of the payday loan cap on borrowers. There is evidence from numerous industry sources (debt charities and industry groups) suggesting that there is an increasing number of people who have been completely locked out of the credit markets or have been forced to turn to high-cost loans.
According to Jane Tully, Director of External Affairs at Money Advice Trust, it is possible to ”regulate away” supply but you can’t ”regulate away” demand. Simply put, the FCA’s actions only dealt with the supply of payday loans (payday loan lenders) but didn’t think about the effects on borrowers.

According to Tully, payday loan problems have been displaced. There are many people today who are accessing many other forms of high-cost credit because they have no option. Such people have a higher chance of falling into debt now more than ever.

Although the FCA payday loan cap was designed solely to tighten lending practices as well as protect borrowers, the cap has had negative effects such as killing the supply of payday loans. This has, in turn, left many people with fewer suitable short term loan options.

Before the cap, the payday loan industry had two main industry players namely; Wonga, and Dollar Financial. These dominant payday loan lenders are in the process of being forced out of the payday loan lending business.

Wonga’s revenues dropped by a record 64% in 2016. Dollar Financial has already closed hundreds of Money Shop stores and put their payday loan business up for sale.

According to the CFA (Consumer Finance Association) C.E.O., Russell Hamblin-Boone, the payday loan industry markets to a higher demographic, however, this has attracted some unforeseen consequences. The CFA represents twelve of the biggest payday loan lenders in the UK.

According to recent consultations carried out by the FCA, there is a sharp increase in the number of UK citizens missing their utility bill payments in the past two years.
According to debt charity; StepChange which focuses on individuals facing financial distress, over 40% of all its clients miss one or more bill payments every month. StepChange has also discovered that 34% of all individuals who are denied payday loans turn to other types of short-term credit.

According to StepChange’s policy adviser, Laura Rodrigues, those people who miss bill payments state that they don’t have adequate money to cater for all their major expenses. Rodrigues also recognises the fact that there is a gap in the market that has been created by the FCA cap. There are few suitable alternative forms of short-term credit which exposes possible FCA social policy issues.

According to the Consumer Finance Association, approximately 600,000 people struggle to get short-term loans in the UK as payday lenders continue exiting the market. The apparent squeeze on short-term credit supply has also forced people to fall into the hands of unscrupulous lenders now more than ever before.

Individuals who have been shut out from accessing short-term loans because of the tighter affordability checks have been forced to turn to high-cost credit products such as logbook loans, unauthorised overdrafts, guarantor loans, etc., which aren’t price capped or haven’t undergone serious regulatory scrutiny. According to the FSCP Chairman, Sue Lewis, the same protections applying to high-cost short term loans should apply to all other types of credit.

Although influential groups like the Financial Services Consumer Panel (FSCP) which advice the FCA have requested the government to regulate these types of loans the way payday loans are regulated, nothing has been done so far. The FCA, however, plans to lay out a post-cap policy this summer.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
What Questions Should You Ask Before Taking A Loan?

What Questions Should You Ask Before Taking A Loan?

Many questions linger in the minds of borrowers before they take loans. When you consider the implications of taking a loan and being unable to repay it, it’s important for every borrower to be properly informed from the onset. In case you are wondering what you should ask yourself and your bank before you take a loan, here are important questions to consider.

1. Do I really need a loan?

It’s easy to get a loan nowadays, so it’s crucial for you to ask yourself if you really need one. Banks advertise loans all the time. However, you need a better reason to take a loan. If you don’t have a reason of your own, let your bank give you a good reason. Some banks have business loan programs meant to provide people with business loans as well as the expertise needed to set up prosperous businesses. If you’ve always wanted to start your own business, you can consider such a program.

2. What type of loan is the best for me?

You should ask yourself and your banker this question before you decide to take a loan. This question is important since there are many types of loans ideal for different purposes. For instance, a payday loan is perfect for emergency expenses. However, it’s not handy for starting a business. Personal loans also have notable benefits over business loans and vice versa. Depending on your reasons for taking a loan, your banker should be best suited to suggest the best type of loan for you. Nevertheless, you should be able to assess if the type of loan you are about to take is actually the best type of loan for you. You can assess things like interest rate charges among other repayment requirements i.e. the term of the loan to decide if the loan in question will work for you.

3. What’s the total cost of the loan?

This is another crucial loan question to ask yourself and your banker. It’s worth noting that loans are usually structured in terms that can be difficult to understand. Some lenders actually do this on purpose. The chances of a loan being more expensive than you actually think are very high so, make sure you find out the actual cost. You should do your own calculations if you have to or ask your banker to do the same on your behalf. This question is very important since the actual cost of most loans is usually hidden in confusing financial jargon. Don’t take chances. Know the total cost of any loan beforehand otherwise, you won’t be able to make an informed decision.

4. What happens when I repay early?

It’s also crucial to find out if there are any penalties if you repay your loan early. Most lenders don’t want you to repay your loan early since they earn most of their money in the form of interest income. It’s usually in the best interest of banks for borrowers to service the loan for the entire term. To discourage early repayment, banks usually have penalties. Although most banks disclose these penalties, some may hide them in the fine print. It’s crucial to find out if there are such penalties and when they apply if you are interested in repaying your loan faster.

5. What documents do I need to provide?

To get your loan amount in record time, you need to ask yourself and your bank what documents you need to provide to qualify for the loan in question. Business loans require business documents ranging from licenses to financial reports. Personal loans require bank statements, pay slip/income information, etc. Since different lenders tend to have different requirements, find out the type of documents you need in advance and provide them with your application to reduce the time it takes for your bank to process your loan.

Summary

You shouldn’t take a loan because everyone else is taking one. You shouldn’t assume the total cost of your loan either or take any loan that comes your way. It’s also important to know all the requirements for qualifying beforehand to avoid wasting time. Loans come with many requirements, risks, and costs that you should be aware of before committing yourself.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Saving Money vs. Taking Out Loans

Saving Money vs. Taking Out Loans

It is always advisable to build an emergency fund by saving a portion of your income every month. An emergency fund is always handy when you incur unexpected expenses such as; medical bills and car repair bills. You can’t afford to put such expenses on hold. If you don’t have savings, you will be forced to take out short-term loans such as payday loans to cater for the expenses. Saving money has always made sense. There are however exceptions. Below is a discussion to help you make an informed decision if you are torn apart between saving and taking loans.

Saving money is highly recommended

You should always strive to save a portion of your income every month whether you have loans or not. Developing a saving culture is important because there will always be something that you can buy with excess money. Furthermore, life is full of eventualities. You can fall sick, get involved in a car accident, lose your job, etc. When any of these eventualities happen, you need to have an emergency fund to cushion you before you get back on your feet. In such cases, you may not be able to qualify for a loan. Your savings will be your last resort. Having substantial savings also gives you that much-needed peace of mind. Many people suffer from financial stress because of living from hand to mouth. You need to save to avoid unnecessary stress when you incur unforeseen expenses.

When is taking loans better than saving money?

When you have a business idea that requires a substantial amount of money, it may be better to take a loan than to try and save up money. Taking loans for investment purposes is advisable. It can take you decades to save up enough money to start your business. Furthermore, most business opportunities don’t remain viable for long. You will almost always lose out if you save up to start a business. Savings can only take you so far if you don’t have a substantial income. There is nothing wrong with taking a business loan provided you have done your research. You should also make sure you get favorable loan terms.

Short term loans like payday loans are also ideal when you don’t have access to your savings. If you have a locked your savings in a savings account, you may not have immediate access to your money in case of an emergency. Payday loans come in handy in such cases. The loans are available instantly at reasonable interest rates if you borrow from a reputable payday loan lender or use a licensed broker like Swift Money. Payday loans are also easier to access. You can apply online. Some savings accounts aren’t accessible online. In cases where you don’t have the luxury of time, it’s always better to take out a payday loan or other types of short term loans instead of waiting to save up.

Saving and taking loans

There is nothing wrong with saving and taking loans at the same time. As long as you qualify for a loan and you have a good reason for taking the loan, you can save while you take up new loans. You should stop taking up new loans if you will have problems repaying them. However, don’t forget the benefits of taking up loans. For instance, you are bound to boost your credit score by taking up new loans provided you service them as required. Savings don’t offer such benefits.

Should you start saving after you are debt-free?

Although it is better to start saving when you are debt-free, in most cases, it may take too long for you to start saving if you focus on clearing all your debts first. Some debt i.e. home loans take more than a decade to clear. Home loans can take less time if you channel your savings to repaying the loan. However, it’s not advisable to do so if you don’t have a substantial emergency fund. Your priority should be setting up an emergency fund. Once you have done that, you clear your debt and then go back to building your savings account.

Furthermore, it may make more financial sense to service debt than repay it as soon as possible. Most lenders charge fees for early repayment making it better to continue servicing debt. You may also be getting a loan at a very good rate.

Summary

When it comes to saving vs. taking loans, it’s a matter of perspective and scenario. It is prudent to save in most cases. In other cases, however, it may be better to take loans. In a nutshell, it is up to you to analyse your current situation to be able to make an informed decisions.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
Payday Loan Fraudster Used Tinder to Lure and Fleece Women of Thousands

Payday Loan Fraudster Used Tinder to Lure and Fleece Women of Thousands

30-year-old fraudster Jonathan Frame used Tinder, a popular dating application, to lure and fleece lonely women. The Swinton conman would meet lonely women, steal their identity and then run up debt in their names. He would use the stolen personal information to take out payday loans as well as apply for credit cards and overdrafts according to a Manchester Crown Court hearing.

Frame would go as far as rifle through the mail of his unsuspecting victims,  set up fake email accounts and even call up lenders on behalf of his victims to get credit cards activated. In such instances, he would lie that his girlfriend at the time was deaf.
Frame spent part of his proceeds on designer clothes and restaurant meals with his unsuspecting victims. He was also ”kind” enough to buy his victims expensive gifts with part of the money.

During his 1st February 2017 Crown Court sentencing, Frame pleaded for a suspended jail
sentence claiming he had an honest job at a high-end street store. His plea, however, fell on deaf ears as presiding Judge Michael Leeming ruled that community punishment wasn’t an option since fraud was what Frame did for a living.

Frame has been jailed for one and a half years. He admitted to fraudulent offences amounting to £6,990 against two women he met in 2014 on Tinder. During his sentencing, one of the women he fleeced told the Crown Court she had contemplated suicide because of Frame’s actions. The other woman confessed to being scared of dating in the future.
Frame fleeced his first victim £6,221 in a record seven weeks. The woman is liable for the debts accumulated under her name despite being unaware of what was going on. This is because she shared personal details with Frame. The woman fell for Frame’s charm as well as his persuasive nature. She confessed to thinking Frame loved her genuinely, so she trusted him and gave him access to her house and car. Frame used this access to intercept her post and facilitate the fraud.

According to the woman, Frame has ruined her life. She also feels betrayed and doesn’t expect to live debt-free until she turns 31 in 2022. She also expects to struggle securing
a mortgage given the debts she has accumulated. She was just 23 years old when she met Frame. Frame targeted his second victim shortly after fleecing his first victim. His second victim discovered Frame was a fraudster when he left one day for good. She was fleeced of £569 in 13 days.

This is not the first time Frame is finding himself on the wrong side of the law. Frame has been convicted for 21 offences previously mainly for fraud, theft, and far-dodging. The offences date back ten years. In his latest case, Frame’s barrister Paul Hodgkinson defended his client claiming he was genuinely interested in the relationships with his victims despite the impression that he was out to con lonely women. Hodgkinson went ahead and stated that Frame was apologetic for his actions and was only keen on impressing his partners. Judge Michael Leeming wasn’t convinced of Frame’s innocence resulting in an 18-month jail term for the payday loan fraudster.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
What Are Bridging Loans?

What Are Bridging Loans?

Bridging loans are short term loans extended to individuals who have to pay their debt soon but haven’t had access to their main line of credit yet. Bridging loans ‘bridge’ the gap that exists when you have pressing cash needs that must be attended to immediately but you still have to wait for your main line of credit to become available.

Bridging loans are popular in real estate investments. They resemble payday loans but in a real estate context. The loans usually facilitate property purchases that wouldn’t normally be possible. In today’s world of downsizing and upgrading homes, the chances of finding your next home before you clear your current mortgage loan is very high. In such a case, a bridging loan will be perfect for you.

Bridging loans are short term loans like payday loans. However, they are larger. The loans are also high-interest. Bridging loans are typically meant to help you buy new property while you are waiting to sell/receive proceeds from the sale of existing property. The loans are also used to help individuals planning to sell their property/home quickly after renovating. Bridging loans are also ideal for individuals planning to buy property at an auction.

How do bridging loans work?

The loan amount you receive is usually dictated by the equity you have in your existing property. Interest is usually calculated on a short term basis i.e. on the term of the loan which is usually less than a year. Your credit rating or credit score is also considered when calculating interest. Banks also consider other normal lending criteria. Borrowers are expected to make their repayments normally until the property in question is sold. Bridging loans also attract new property purchase costs such as legal fees and stamp duty.

When are bridging loans good for you?

Bridging loans are great options for property investments that require large sums of money in a short time. In such instances, traditional forms of financing aren’t suitable because they take too long to process. Banks take long to process mortgage loan applications. In cases where you need to buy property from an auction, it might not be possible to secure financing in time if you apply for a typical mortgage loan.
Some borrowers also use bridging loans today as simple alternatives to mainstream lending. If you home has some equity, you can always get a bridging loan to take care of some pressing cash needs. It is, however, advisable to think about all your options before using a bridging loan as an alternative to mainstream lending. Bridging loans are perfect when you have a clear exit strategy i.e. an ongoing property sale that is about to be concluded. A bridging loan will also be perfect for you when you intend to use it for property investment purposes only i.e. when you want to a buy-to-let mortgage.

You should also consider taking a bridging loan when you are sure you can get access to a mortgage loan with a mainstream lender. This is important since it eliminates the risk of losing your home/property in case you are unable to meet your repayment obligations. In simpler terms, you shouldn’t take a bridging loan if you can’t qualify for a typical mortgage loan. The FCA has raised concerns about financial advisers recommending bridging loans too quickly. This can be attributed to the high-risk and high-interest aspect of such loans. Ideally, you should tread carefully if you haven’t taken on a bridging loan before. Besides the high-risk and high-interest aspect, bridging loans also tend to attract hefty fees and some hidden charges as well which could easily render the loan unmanageable.

In a nutshell, a bridging loan shouldn’t be viewed as a suitable alternative to traditional lending. Short term loans like payday loans are better alternatives since there are lenders that offer high borrowing limits capable of catering for substantial cash needs.

Getting a bridging loan

There are many bridging lenders in the UK ranging from small one-man bands to professional outfits regulated by the FCA. When taking out a bridging loan, stick to lenders who are regulated by the FCA since such lenders are bound legally to recommend bridging loans when they are appropriate for you.
 

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.
How payday loans differ in other countries: UK vs. U.S

How payday loans differ in other countries: UK vs. U.S

Payday loans are the most popular short term loans globally. The loans are available in all major economies globally. If you care to know how payday loans vary from one country to another (particularly the UK and U.S.,) look no further. Here’s what you need to know;

Payday loans in the UK

Although payday loans originated in the U.S., they have grown more rapidly in the UK. According to a recent PWC study, over 40% of all youth in the UK use payday loans. The UK payday loan industry is estimated to be worth billions of pounds today.

Typical UK payday loans range up to £500. Many UK payday loan lenders, however, offer flexible lending limits amounting to more than £1,000. Interest rates stand at approximately 25% per month for typical payday loans. There are however many lenders charging way less.

Largest Participants 

Wonga is the largest UK payday loan lender with approximately 30% market share. The second largest lender is Dollar Financial Group which owns the Money Shop as well as payday lenders; Payday UK, Ladder Loans, and Payday Express.

Regulation

The UK payday loan industry is regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). The FCA took over the regulatory role from the FSA back in 2014 in an effort to exert tighter control on rogue payday loan lenders.
In January 2015, the FCA introduced strict regulations that guide the payday loan industry to date. For instance, payday loan lenders in the UK should not charge more than 0.8% interest per day. The total charges on all payday loans including interest and default charges are also capped at 100% of the total amount borrowed.

Status

The UK payday loans industry is currently transforming. The industry has had a bad name for years due to an increasing number of rogue lenders using unfair lending practices. The tightening regulation has however brought back sanity to the industry. The FCA has fined numerous payday loan lenders found guilty of using unfair lending practices. Although many lenders have closed shop, there is still a high demand for payday loans in the UK.

Payday loans in the U.S.

Payday loans originated from the U.S. They are also known as; cash advances, salary loans, payroll loans, cash advance loans, payday advance, etc. The loans date back to the 1900s where they were known as salary purchases. Initially, lenders would buy a borrower’s next salary for less and then disburse the difference to the borrower after deducting all applicable charges. Fast forward today, the industry has grown from 500 lenders to 22,000+ lenders. The U.S. payday loan industry is estimated to be worth over $46 billion today.

Regulation

Payday loan regulation in the U.S. varies widely from one state to another. To avoid unfair lending practices, many jurisdictions in the U.S. have APR (annual percentage rate) limits that all lenders must adhere to. It’s also worth noting that some jurisdictions in the U.S. have outlawed payday loans completely i.e. Georgia. In total, 14 states have forbidden payday lending. Other jurisdictions have few restrictions on lenders.

Some states also have laws limiting borrowers from taking payday loans repeatedly. Such states include Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Indiana and New Mexico just to mention a few. These states have statewide databases that require lenders to assess a customer’s eligibility to get a payday loan before issuing the loan. There is also regulation restricting the number of times a payday loan borrower can roll over their loan. Some states restrict rollovers i.e. Arizona. Other states i.e. Delaware allow a maximum of four rollovers.

Initially, payday loan rates were restricted in most U.S. states by the USLL (Uniform Small Loan Laws). The USLL restricted the rates at 36 to 40% APR.

Status

The U.S. payday loan industry caters for the young and poor mostly, low-income communities residing near military bases. A recent study conducted by Pew Charitable research also indicate that the payday loans in the U.S. are taken mostly for subsistence or recurrent spending as opposed to funding emergency cash needs. The interest rates charged on U.S. payday loans also remains higher than other alternative short term loans. The difference in regulation per jurisdiction is to blame for misinformation as well as ongoing unfair lending practices in the industry.

Is the Company Director of Swift Money Limited.
He oversees all day to day operations of the company and actively participates in providing information regarding the payday/short term loan industry.