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Don’t let your partner’s debt problems become your problems

Romantic partnerships come in all shapes and sizes, from marriages to de facto relationships to casual relationships and everything in between. No matter what the relationship, it’s possible to end up in the shallow end if your significant other (SO) is drowning in debt or has poor spending habits. Here are some common ways your partner can burden you with their debt and how you might avoid it. 1. You try to take out a joint loan with your partner,…

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What is a personal loan?

A personal loan is a monetary loan you can get from a credit provider such as a bank, credit union or online lender – usually for a specific life purpose like renovating your home, paying for a holiday or consolidating several smaller loans. Lenders approve personal loans by evaluating your creditworthiness. When you enter into a contract for a personal loan, you typically receive money in a lump sum and agree to repay the lender back the money in regular…

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Debt consolidation loan vs. balance transfer credit card – which one to choose?

When you consolidate your debt, you are essentially taking out one large loan and using that money to pay off two or more smaller debts. The two major ways you can do this is by applying for a balance transfer (BT) credit card or taking out a debt consolidation loan. This guide explores why you’d want to consolidate debt in the first place and then looks at your two options to help you determine which one is right for you.…

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5 mistakes to avoid when running a business

A common business cliché you’ll often hear is “fail fast and fail often” – the idea being that you’ll learn a lesson and bounce back stronger each time. Whether or not that’s good advice depends on who you’re talking to. However, there are a few avoidable blunders that you’re best not to make regardless. Here are five entirely avoidable small business mistakes you’re best to steer clear of: Failing to build a credit history As your business grows, there’s a…

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Here’s what a credit report actually looks like

If you’ve ever wondered what your credit report looks like, wonder no more. This guide will give you insight into your credit report, including what information it contains, how to read it, and why it’s so important. There are three main credit reporting bureaus in Australia, and you can access their version of your report in a number of ways, including in a written/physical format or through an online dashboard. Each variation may differ slightly in the way it’s presented,…

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Knowing what affects your credit score will give you the power to improve it

In the old days, only negative borrowing patterns – think late payments and defaults – could affect your credit score, also known as your credit rating. However, just recently, Australia joined the 21st century and implemented a scheme called Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR). That means positive borrowing patterns – like making your payments on time – can help your score tick back upward. The positive and negative factors that affect your credit score Before we jump into the nitty gritty,…

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Here’s how to grow your business if you want to take it to the next level

So business is booming and you’re not content to just maintain the status quo…. you want to grow your business into something bigger. Well, strap in because you’re in for an exciting ride that will expand your skills, test your mettle and ideally put your business on the trajectory toward bigger success. Here are some tips that any small business, sole trader or freelancer can use to grow their business, regardless of industry. Decide how you want to grow There…

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Your business credit score: what it is and why you should care

By this point, you’re probably aware that you have a personal credit score – you know, that number that tells lenders how good of a borrower you’d be? But did you know your business can have a score of its own?  That’s right. If you’re an ASIC-registered company, lenders can use your business credit score to determine if your business is creditworthy. Doesn’t matter if you’re a scrappy startup, small family business or large enterprise.  It’s not just lenders who…

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Six million homeowners could get a better mortgage

Up to 6 million Australians could save up to $40,000 over the life of an average 25-year mortgage, following the introduction of new laws by the Australian Government, according to consumer advocate group www.creditsimple.com.au. The introduction of Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) means Australian banks are about to load millions of records with the credit bureaux, and lenders will now be able to see the positive records of the country’s 6.4 million home owners for the first time. www.creditsimple.com.au CEO David…

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How do I know if I have a bad credit score?

Is 600 a bad credit rating? How about 500? Or 400? Without context, calculating your creditworthiness based on your score alone is difficult. Fortunately, we’re here to help you better understand your credit rating, particularly if you suspect you have a bad score. Repayment history information, including any late payments, stays on your file for two years before you’re free and clear. The good, the bad and the ugly Your credit score at Credit Simple ranges from 0 to 1,000…

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