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Is a secured personal loan right for you?

A secured personal loan is a personal loan in which you offer up an asset as collateral, essentially guaranteeing you’ll pay the loan off. If you don’t pay, the lender can take possession of that asset (in this case, known as the security) and sell it off to recoup their money. The most common type of secured personal loan is a car loan, where the car you’re buying is also the asset that secures the loan. Why take out secured…

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Managing your finances when life throws you a curveball

Occasionally life will throw you a curveball that directly or indirectly impacts your finances: you’re made redundant, your furnace dies or you’re expecting a child and you realise you’ll need to upgrade homes in the not-too-distant future. The last thing you want is to dig yourself into a deeper hole because you weren’t able to manage the financial side of things. Here are some ways to avoid that, so that you can bounce back sooner rather than later. 1.  Put…

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7 ways to save money this holiday season

Here are a few tips to help you ring in the new decade with as little debt as possible. 1. Reconsider whom you need to shop for At different points in our lives, it makes sense to shop for certain people and not for others. For example, when our nieces and nephews are young, gifts are appropriate but when they’re adults, maybe a heartfelt card is enough. Go through your list and decide whom you really need to shop for…

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We’d love to see these business myths go the way of the Dodo

For as many business practices there are that make sense to follow (such as pay your taxes) there seem to be just as many business myths that don’t make much sense. If you run your own business or plan to start one, feel free to ignore the following myths that seem to pop up endlessly like those pesky whack-a-moles.   You need to work smarter, not harder. For the past decade or more, productivity gurus everywhere have been promoting the…

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Young, single, and on a budget? Skip the mistakes that others make

You’re young, single and on a budget. It’s hard being a ‘yadult’ sometimes. But life’s a lot more fun if you’re not stressing about the power being cut off. Take some tips from others’ mistakes and skip the ‘shoulda known better’ stage of your financial future. Here’s how: Have a spending plan. That’s a budget, but if you think of it as spending plan it doesn’t feel like a torture device. The idea is that you get a pen and…

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