Debt

Consumers under pressure

Although budgets continue to be tight for South Africans, the majority of consumers appear to be attempting to take their debt in hand, with a slight improvement in credit health. According to the latest TransUnion SA Consumer Credit Index (CCI) for the third quarter of this year, the repayment behavior of consumers improved to some…

Your personal loan checklist

We’re at the beginning of a rising interest rate cycle, so you could be forgiven if you are feeling a little cash-strapped. Or maybe you can’t wait six months to pave your driveway and the idea of a personal loan is becoming increasingly tempting? Stop. Before you race off to the nearest bank or micro…

What is a financial needs analysis?

A financial needs analysis is carried out by a qualified financial planner to ascertain the current state of your finances and your financial needs. It is not an invasion of your privacy but ensures that you are not sold any particular financial product without an overall assessment of your finances. For example, 20 years ago,…

Keep your credit in shape for summer

At least 48.4% of credit-active women are in financial distress. Women are renowned for their love of shopping. Recent statistics from the credit bureaus back this up, showing that 48.4% of South Africa’s credit-active women have negative information – such as defaults or failure to make regular repayments – on their credit records. Robyn Farrell,…

Ombud helps with debt problems

The credit ombud’s office has been given the added responsibility of handling complaints related to the debt review and debt counselling process, and has received a flood of such complaints – in one case the ombud prevented a bank from auctioning a woman’s house. The credit ombud, Manie van Schalkwyk, has had an influx of…

Time limits for info on your credit profile

Under the National Credit Act (NCA), there are limits on how long certain information can remain on your credit profile. The types of information and their time limits are: The details and results of any disputes lodged by you about information on your credit profile: 18 months. Inquiries made regarding your credit record, including the…