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Warning – Instant Payday Loans Can Seriously Harm Your Finances

Payday loans can be perfect if you are looking for quick cash, however quick cash doesn’t always = smart cash.

Below we highlight some of the ways that a hasty decision can lead to long-term damage to your finances.

Below we have highlighted just two of the many issues which may you may find should you opt for a payday loan:

1. Taking out a payday loan can potentially damage your chances of successfully submitting a future mortgage application?

At the end of 2013 a BBC Newsnight report claimed that two thirds of mortgage brokers had experienced one of their clients having a mortgage application rejected, directly because of the presence of a payday loan on their credit record.

This is explored further in the BBC article Payday loan ‘risk to mortgage applications’.

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Mathew Lawrence, Research Fellow at IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), said:

“The fact that people are using payday loans to cover predictable expenses shows that it is not a financial planning problem they face but a problem of making ends meet. In a worrying new trend, young people are using payday loans to cover everyday expenses like their phone bills and rent, as well as their groceries and utility bills.”

2. Failing to make repayments on time can lead to spiralling costs and charges

The consumer group Which? recently released findings indicating that payday lenders are trapping increasing numbers of consumers in a downward spiral of debt caused by exorbitant penalty charges.

25% of those who had taken out a payday loan, found that they were hit with hidden charges such as high fees for reminder letters, and one in five (20%) were not able to pay back their loan on time.

33% of people were found to have experienced increased financial problems as a direct result of taking out a payday loan with results being compounded by the fact that 57% of borrowers were encouraged to take out further loans and 45% rolling over their loans at least once.

The following Telegraph article titled Payday loans trapping consumers in a downward spiral of debt explores Which’s findings in greater depth.

Jon Edward
Jon Edward
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