Harassed online by Loansharks? Use licensed moneylenders instead!

Harassed by Loansharks ‘大耳窿’? Use Licensed Moneylender!

The digital age has certainly changed the way business is done. And the illegal moneylender (loansharks) have taken it to new heights. We at Empire Global take a look at how the industry is changing rapidly.

Harassment Online: Name Shaming

Loansharks are now using social media to take their “Owe$Pay$” threats online. One creates a fake account that replicates the borrower’s with similar name and befriends everyone that he knows. And then the big hit comes whereby the loanshark starts placing posts on the account.

They even use postcards with pictures of the victim’s identity card, plastered with O$P$ and plastered them onto the fake account. This is just one such antic being used by them.

By name shaming and cyber bullying the borrower, the unlicensed moneylender gets to publicly let the victim’s closest ones know about his borrowing issue.

Help Yourself from Illegal Moneylender

Firstly, the law is on your side in an online bullying case. Facebook complaints falls the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA) because he had claimed the content on Facebook was false.

Secondly, under the Moneylenders Act, any person who, acting on behalf of an unlicensed moneylender, commits or attempts to use any threatening, abusive or insulting words, behaviour, writing, sign or visible representation, or commits any act likely to cause alarm or annoyance to his borrower or surety, any member of the family of the borrower or surety, or any other person, may face up to five years in jail, a fine between $5,000 and $50,000 and is also liable to get caned.

With the police clamping hard on harassment cases coupled with the use of modern technology plus social media, the police have come up with alternatives to get the public at large to help them.

Posting images of loanshark harassment, with their deeds online, the police appeals to the public to turn n such offenders. Such as Liu Yimin Lynnette, 28, who was charged in court facing seven charges of splashing red paint on doors and pasting envelopes with “O$P$”, the unit numbers of the borrowers, and a mobile number on the walls beside the units.

The young woman (above) whom the police were looking for in relation to loanshark harassment has been charged in court. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

The young woman (above) whom the police were looking for in relation to loanshark harassment has been charged in court. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

News publishers such as AsiaOne has taken this another step further by showing a map of the money harassment cases (Loanshark Harassment Hotspots) occurring in Singapore. These are public information gathered from SPH news sources to give the public a better look at the harassment cases by illegal moneylenders.

Borrow from Licensed Moneylender Instead

Simply avoid all these harassments that could ruin your name by going to proper licensed moneylenders instead. There are limited licensed moneylenders and every year it becomes harder for businesses like us to maintain the moneylender license.

This is due to changing policies that improves the safety nets of borrowers. We encourage these moves by the government no doubt as it makes things smoother for us.

With strict regulations by the government and heavy punishments for licensed moneylenders if they made offences. Hence borrowing from licensed moneylenders make a better choice.

Negotiations between lending officers becomes easier too. Tell us your concerns and we can help you.

Interest Rates Take a Hike with rising Sibor in Singapore. Look at how it will affect you.

Interest Rate Spikes & Latest in Moneylenders News

Money, money and more money! The recent news about the US interest rates hikes has hit our shores in Singapore and the news is not entirely encouraging.

The three-month Sibor, which is used to price most loans and mortgages here, has been inching its way upwards due to interest rate hike in the United States and a weakening Singapore dollar versus the greenback. The recent announcements by MAS to reduce the Singapore dollar from appreciating aims to keep the Sibor elevated.

The Sibor is fixed daily by the Association of Banks in Singapore based on quotes from banks on what they expect to pay for interbank loans that day. In short, it is affected by liquidity in the banking sector.

“The reduction of the appreciation slope could keep pressure on the US and Singapore dollar exchange rate and thus could ensure Sibor remains at current levels … This move by MAS helps keep Singapore policy on a stable footing, and we expect it to be modestly beneficial for Singapore bank earnings,” analysts from Morgan Stanley said in a research note.

Interest Rate Hike: What does it mean for You?

Many housing loans offered by banks are tied to three-month Sibor. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), for example, has 3 types of home loans and one that is currently offering home loans at three-month Sibor plus 0.85 percentage points for the first three years, according to its website. Lending rates are reviewed every three months. As the Sibor is set to increase, so will the interest rate rise. Home owners will eventually face higher mortgage payments.

“We had expected the bullish move in the SOR and Sibor since last year,” says UOB economist Francis Tan (source)

Analysts are looking at further upside to about 1 to 1.2 per cent at the end of the year. Effectively leading to an interest rate of about over 2% for home loans.

Let us assume an outstanding housing loan of S$500,000 and 20 years remaining. With the current interest rate of 1.5 per cent, this works out to a monthly payment of about S$2,410.

If the interest rate is increased to 2 per cent, the monthly payment would rise to around S$2,530. Should the rate rise to 3 per cent, the monthly payment would be S$2,770.

What to Do Next with Higher Interest Rate?

Higher interest rates charged by banks affect your loans directly. Thus you will see your loans, home mortgage loans, renovation loans slowly inching its way up.

Hence start reviewing your loans! For example, review your home loan packages every two to three years. Look at the trends Conventional wisdom has it that you should review your loan package every two to three years, or before the promotional period ends and your bank raises its premium on the interest you pay, which increases your monthly instalments.

In short, think long term and look around for good deals. Always negotiate with the bank on refinancing options.

Latest in Moneylending Industry Singapore

DPM Teo added that the improved situation was due to the tough laws enacted, strong enforcement efforts against loan-shark syndicates and the high level of community support in the fight against unlicensed moneylending activities.

According to DPM Teo, about 1,900 people were arrested for unlicensed moneylending and related harassment offences on average yearly between 2011 and 2014, while about 2,600 were convicted in court for these offences.

Debt Collectors in Singapore creating a fuss & harrassment at Funan Digital Mall Singapore

Debt Collectors in Singapore creating a fuss & harrassment at Funan Digital Mall Singapore

Seen the recent hype about public harassment during working hours? Debt collectors created a ruckus at Funan Mall over unpaid debts. Moreover, this was during working hours infront of the public eye.

With clamping down on unlicensed activities and harassment cases, this is looking good for us licensed moneylenders at Empire Global. The image of licensed lenders is changing for the better as tougher laws are weeding out bad lenders. Thankfully, the ruly debt collectors have been arrested for unlawful assembly.

Sources
http://business.asiaone.com/news/what-do-about-home-loan-interest-rates-rise
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/debt-collectors-who-created-scene-funan-mall-foodcourt-arrested-po?page=15

Chinese New Year: Singapore Gamblers get hooked!

We just past 2015! And now we are counting down towards the festive Chinese New Year. Every Chinese around the world will be celebrating this festival as it’s a time to get together and have fun. Staff at Empire Global too indulge sinfully in our gatherings. However, let’s look at the topic of gambling during this festive season.

Chinese New Year Bonus + Annual Wage Supplement = Spend!

Traditional bosses give out additional bonus for Chinese New Year season as it means a sign of wealth in the company. Not to forget, there’s the 13th month bonus (annual wage supplement) that is handed out too. And that’s a lot of extra money in your pockets.

More often than not it means trouble especially to problem gamblers who try their luck out in Chinese New Year.

A Little History on Chinese Gambling

Well, its not difficult to reason why Chinese are known around the world for their high aptitude to gamble. As you look back through time, Chinese people have a long-documented history of gambling (recorded in every known dynasty).

Chinese believe in many control points (feng shui, luck, star sign, superstition). These high illusion of control may then lead to high risk-taking and/or more gambling. Chinese gamblers’ illusion of control is often portrayed in Chinese gambling-theme films.

Chinese Gamblers During Chinese New Year

Traditionally, many Chinese will play some form of gambling during the Chinese New Year as it is believed the new year brings in fresh new luck. I believe most of us can ascertain to that. With the long holidays during Chinese New Year, gamblers head to the local casinos and try their luck. Well with the added money from bonus it’s no surprise.

Today’s Gamblers in Singapore

Singapore, is in the top 10 list of biggest gambling nations.

Singapore Top 10 Gambling Nations in the World

Singapore Top 10 Gambling Nations in the World

Singapore’s One Hope Centre, which helps gambling addicts, saw a nearly 50% jump in cases in 2013 compared to 2012. In 2013, One Hope Centre saw 523 addicts seeking counselling. Executive Director, Mr Dick Lum, said, “Many clients that we counselled felt that it is all right to gamble, since the Government allows the casinos to be opened here, and this is very misleading.”

Watch: Counsellors have been constantly calling for tougher curbs on online gambling

Gambling addicts have also chalked up high debts and a recent statistic shows Singapore gamblers are some of the top loss per gambler.

Singapore Top 10 Gambling Losers in the World

Singapore Top 10 Gambling Losers in the World

However, even with large losses and the $100 local entry fees, this does not deter more citizens to delve into their gambling addictions. Gamblers now find gambling alternatives and using online methods instead.

Getting online is pretty easy in Singapore and online gambling enters make it even easier to sign up PLUS some provide free credit for account openings. This has led to even youths going online as the age restrictions in Singapore casinos are pretty strict.

Latest statistics from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) show that online gamblers have the poorest self-control.

Youths Gambling?

A local study done by NTU’s Professor Chang Weining in 2007 found that the prevalence of problem gambling in Singaporean youth is about three in 100, but one of them is a potential pathological gambler.

ECMS Consultants, another counselling centre, said they are seeing more younger adults hooked on gambling. Its clinical director, Gerald Goh, said that he has also seen foreign students who go to the casinos every week.

“For them, it’s free to go to the casinos. On average, their parents give them $15,000 to $20,000 pocket money a month, so they go in there to ‘have fun’. But when they lose their pocket money, they start to borrow from friends,” Mr Goh said.

Gambling Bad Loans?

Quite often, some of our clients went into big debts of bad loans from illegal moneylenders. If you have issues with illegal moneylenders or loan issues, do consult with our loan officers and we will best assist you.

Summary: Help for Addict Gamblers

There are lots of help available in Singapore through the National Council on Problem Gambling (http://www.ncpg.org.sg) and the National Addictions Management Services (NAMS). If you think you or your loved ones have a problem with gambling, you can also call the stop gambling hotline at 1800-6-668-668.

There’s even an expression which justifies gambling during the Chinese New Year as ‘a little bit of gambling soothes your mind.’  (小赌怡情). So just have some controlled gambling with your family and everybody relaxes to have fun.

Meanwhile enjoy this social video.

  • National Council on Problem Gambling: 1800-6668-668
  • National Addictions Management Service (All Addictions): 6732-6837
  • Tanjong Pagar Family Service Centre: 6593-6489
  • The Samaritans of Singapore (24 hours): 1800-2214-444
  • Ray of Hope by Christian Care Services: 1800-7867-669
  • One Hope Centre (9am to 6pm): 6547-1011
  • WeCare Community Services: 6471-5346

Read more: Gambling & How it Leads to Bad Loans

Singapore Dollar gets strong against Malaysian Ringgit

Singapore Dollar Stays Strong: Time to Travel!

With a spate of recent news, signifying that the Singapore dollar has hit historical highs against the Malaysian ringgit and Indonesian rupiah. So what does that mean for us at Empire Global? Travel!!

It’s the perfect time to hit the money exchangers and get stocked on Malaysian ringgit. It’s the year end and holidays too. Hence there is probably no greater time than to take advantage of the situation plus take a break with the family.

Singapore Dollar Strengths?

Firstly, the Singapore dollar has gained great ground on the yen due to monetary easing by the Bank of Japan.

Since the start of the year 2014, the Singapore Dollar has risen 7.3% on the ringgit with the money market currently standing at SGD 1 to RM 2.64 (time of writing). This has been extremely great news for those Malaysians working in Singapore as they enjoy the benefits of the exchange rates. Some analysts expect it to fall even further. We hope so too!

In-depth of Oil Demands

Part of the ringgit downward trend has been affected by the continuous slide in oil prices. As Malaysia has been a strong oil-exporting country, there are fears that falling oil prices will further cause declining revenues for the country. The oil price has fallen by more than 40% since June, when it was $115 a barrel. It is now below $70. This comes after nearly five years of stability.

Weak economic demand has caused oil demand to slide tremendously. Hence a great oil-exporting country like Malaysia has seen it’s export market falling. Oil-related industries account for a third of Malaysian state revenue.

How Does the Singapore Dollar Work?

The Singapore dollar is managed by the MAS against a currency basket comprised by the country’s major trading partners and competitors. The central bank established the weight of every different currency by taking into account the trade flows between the countries and the way the corresponding economy is impacting Singapore’s exposure to the rest of the world.

Being a massively export dependent economy and a crucial financial and logistics centre, the way monetary policy is conducted has proven to be an essential tool for the booming economy since 1981.

What Next for you?

This has made Malaysia a more affordable country to travel to. President of the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) has also highlighted his comments that Malaysia should try to take advantage of the situation as travel has weakened greatly since the attack on the MAS planes has caused strong negative sentiments to the travel industry. See more at: Travel Industry May Benefit from Weaker Ringgit
Arcade Moneychangers one of the best in town. Great Rates!

Arcade Moneychangers one of the best in town. Great Rates!

You probably have already seen moneychangers having long queues for the holidays. Now with the weaker Ringgit there are even longer queues and higher Singapore Dollar exchange needed to get the better exchange rates.

Today, moneychangers said they were still seeing long queues of people buying the Malaysian currency at their shops. However, they were not expecting a shortage in the coming days. Mohamad Rafik of Arcade Money Changers said: “Most people already bought as much ringgit as they can. I don’t think they will buy more.”

The falling value of the ringgit over the past weeks has been good news to Malaysians working in Singapore and Singaporeans who regularly travel across the Causeway for business or leisure.

Singaporeans travelling to these locations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia) are going to enjoy great conversion rates and get more for their money.

Although while the Singapore Dollar is good in the asian markets, it has suffered against the Euro & the USD. Holiday makers rejoice as you can now make your dollar stretch event further especially in Malaysia or any oil-exporting country!

Word of Caution for Singapore Dollar

Malaysia Increases VEP fees. Reduces savings from  strong Singapore Dollar.

Malaysia Increases VEP fees. Reduces savings from strong Singapore Dollar.

As with all currency exchanges, do not overplay into the whole forex exchange. Exchange what you need or exchange just a little more for future needs. Currencies can change rapidly when the time comes and its seldom wise to hedge so much into currencies.

However, you might want to consider taking public transport. With VEP charges raised more than 5 times from RM2.90 to RM16.50 and with recent news that the Malaysian authorities plans to increase it to RM20 in middle of 2015 the savings from the falling ringgit might not be seen.

Meanwhile, enjoy the exchange rate!

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Spend Bonus Wisely This Year End Holidays

Spend Your Bonus Wisely this Year End Holidays

Christmas is coming! All the streets and shopping outlets are getting into the festive mood as we await the new year 2015. We at Empire Global  are none the wise too. Some of us have gone on long vacations to soak in the holidays we needed. Most of you are awaiting the year-end bonus or AWS or some would call it the thirteen month bonus.

iPhone6? Holidays in Europe? Can’t wait to spend on those items you want? Let us give you some advise before you think about spending them away.

Review Your Budget

Budgets are important if you want to get your finances in order especially now it’s the year-end frenzied shopping happens when big sales goes on in festive seasons. Take advantage of your bonus, all you need is 4 simple tips from us.

1. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

Your bonus might be a sure thing, but  don’t ever go spending until it’s yours. You won’t want to land yourself in debt and hate yourself when you don’t get your bonus.

2. Factor in income tax & Chinese New Year
Save Your Bonus for Income Tax in 2015

Save Your Bonus for Income Tax in 2015

When you receive your bonus, you have to account for the following year’s income tax amount. Set aside a sum of the bonus for income tax. Not to forget, the annual CNY festival can amount to large spendings for the family. Ang baos, family dinners, visiting all are unforeseen costs.

3. Formulate a plan and stick to it.

If you had worked out a budget in the earlier part of the year, now’s the best time to look at it again. Have you stuck to your goals and savings policy? Look at the financial goals you have made, the bonus can be used as a boost on your goals.

4. Pay off debt

Pay off outstanding debt, whether its credit cards, renovation loan or personal loan, especially if they attract high interest. Have a bigger bonus, consider putting it on your home loan or car loan.

Spending on Year End Bonus

Rather than squandering the cash in needless new devices or luxury items and accruing more debt, because you’ve overspent on the bonus, consider investing in a hobby, an experience or a charitable course.

Considering travelling? Travel tight on a budget, stay in a hostel. Experience the culture right from within.

Learn from billionaire Li Ka-Shing to build up your network and savings using your income. We feel the article is more weighted towards business owners however the common salaryman should saving at least 30-50% of his salary.

Invest in long-term investments to get the compounding effect. Compounding goes a very long way and works most effectively when you are consistent.

Set up your new financial goals for 2015. Write them down and use your bonus as the baby pot of gold for your new plans. A little bit can go a long way.

Making purchases Online: Avoid online cyber scams!

Online Shopping Scam: Be aware of your money

Online Shopping Scam: Be aware of your money

$50 for a camera? Too cheap to be true? Although most of us would have forego such deals, but some of us will still take the bait. There have been several reports of people getting scammed online by deals that seemed too good to be true.

The number of cases in reported crimes have risen from 96-504 and the amount involved has tripled. Singapore Police Force has ramped up on educating the public through various media outlets.

Our advise?

Always buy from authorised retailers or known platforms. Check out the seller’s profile and ensure that you are confident of receiving the product too. Start by being aware by checking out this video by SPF New Media Team
If you are intending to purchase a device online from digital marketplaces, second hand sellers or resellers, you can do a quick check on the product’s imei number on the SPF SPEX platform. http://www.police.gov.sg/epc/spex_info.html
Here’s a musical video on online scams (#criminalwatch) to lighten the mood:

Spending on Year End Bonus: Bottom Line

Ultimately, the bonus is yours. Use your bonus in a way that you feel good about and do something that gets you enthusiastic about your overall financial life. And of course, it’s best to clear as much debt as possible and living a debt-free life is one of the best feelings that you can have.

Unsecured Borrowing Changes: Why You Should Be Aware

Unsecured Borrowing Changes: Why You Should Be Aware

Singapore – As the nation progresses aggressively and competes against the other countries, there are now an increasing number of new borrowers in the market. This has led to several changes in credit lending rules in the past years and there is are new regulations to look at. More borrowers are exceeding their unsecured debt limits and over borrowing past their financial limits.

Consumer credit trends have stabilised and is in a healthy state, although some borrowers have over-extended themselves. Let us at Empire Global explain further on how individuals are affected.

According the the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), about 3% of unsecured borrowers are in unsecured debts that exceeds their annual incomes. Unsecured debt is money owed that is not tied to any assets, in contrast to secured debt such as housing and car loans. Examples include credit card debt and personal loans.

This prompted the Credit Counselling Singapore (CCS) to look into cutting borrowers debts by offering a centralised repayment solution. CCS will roll out a centralised repayment solution to help borrowers coordinate negotiations across financial institutions and work out a repayment plan.

The plan will take into account a the borrower’s background such as borrower’s income, expenditure, needs and loan obligations. All the leading retail banks have agreed to get on board with the new system by the first quarter of next year. For moneylenders, borrowers are highly encourage to speak to the loan officers to negotiate a suitable loan contract between themselves.

As A Borrower?

Saving Yourself From Unsecured Debt

Saving Yourself From Unsecured Debt. New Unsecured Rules to aid borrowers.

Starting from June next year, borrowers will be barred from getting additional credit if their debt exceeds their annual income for three straight months.

With major crackdowns on illegal lending and moneylenders providing bad practises, the various agencies are clamping down hard on offenders. The police in August released its Mid-Year Crime Brief, which revealed that there were 3,235 cases of unlicensed moneylending reported in the first six months of this year. This was down 31.6 per cent from the 4,729 cases reported over the same period last year.

Furthermore, social safeguards such as the continuous crackdown on illegal moneylenders are taking place. There’s many of such lenders providing bad advice and hidden rules + charges that are disallowed by the government.

This is why we at Empire Global strongly emphasize the importance of understanding the terms of borrowing and letting customers know about it. We do not engage in forcing borrowers to sign but instead tell them the best way forward for them.

This is why we value our financial loan officers very much and also why as a borrower you should go only to licensed moneylenders. Always practise financial prudence.

What’s New for Unsecured Lending?

As mentioned before, the advisory committee for moneylenders have now come up with suggestions stating that the total amount that a person can borrow would be just four times the amount of their monthly salary.

Loans for borrowers earning below $20,000 a year will be capped at $3,000. Interest rates are also expected to be changed, as the committee suggest it to be capped at four percent a month. These are actually great news for all borrowers as they are strict rules which prevents moneylenders from illegally charging more than the norm. Least now there’s would be a standard across the board.

Read about what the new Advisory Committee has to say about unsecured loans

Our Advise for Getting Unsecured Loans?

Be smart. Maximise your money by making smart financial decisions. Try to cut your debts quickly and borrow wisely. Only when you need it especially for life emergencies. Learn about the various loan offering available (payday loan, personal loan, unsecured loan, bank loans, etc). Choose on that best suits your financial needs and do not over borrow. Borrow only what you really need.

Should you need credit advise from official channels, you can contact the Credit Counselling Department and they will guide you through. If you need loan advice or how to properly plan the credit you need, you can also contact us at Empire Global and our loan officers will best advise you.

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When Are Personal Loans a Good Option?

When Are Personal Loans A Good Option?

Personal Loans Applicable for Businesses?

With startups on the rise in Singapore, churning different concepts ranging from technology to F&B (hipster cafe joints). Businessmen and investors are now more than willing to try out their ideas, and as an operating business time is never on their side. We know that through our own experience at Empire Global that with the many issues involved and a need to have a good financial cash flow especially when we are in the business of money lending. This is when personal loans come in handy.
This is because even with a good business plan, good directors and advisors in the company, one would still need to churn out the initial financial burden involved in starting up a company. Bills, salaries, running operating expenses are a constant hit for new startups.

What about Personal Loan Singapore? Viable?

As with all loans, a certain portion of risk is involved when one takes up a loan. Singapore as a business hub brings ease to setting up businesses. Financial instituations like banks and moneylenders are competitive in this field of loans. Same like us at Empire Global.
For startup entrepreneurs, a personal loan might be a good option as the initial team and operating expenses are kept small. Hence personal loans provide the flexibility to use the loan amount for any purposes you deemed fit. Whereas a business loan would be pegged to your business abilities and assets. Some look at the age of business to qualify the business for a loan.

Affordability of Personal Loans

In Singapore, personal loans come in different sizes big and small to suit the varying financial needs of individuals and businesses alike. Personal loan offerings are starting to be the more popular choice for borrowers be it borrowing from banks or moneylenders. As an individual can use the money to pay for a variety of items, including their car, electronics, debt consolidation and so forth.
Small Business Operating Expenses

Small Business Operating Expenses

This becomes a popular choice offering for businesses alike as the loan amount can be paid out to a variety of channels. Repayment periods are usually monthly fixed on a agreed upon day of the month. Interests rates are fixed unless a longer repayment period is negotiated upon with the loan officers.

Should I Get a Personal Loan?

Like with all loans, it depends on your pressing needs and circumstances. If you have a urgent need for cash and don’t have any existing assets, but own a credit card then it a personal loan would be a better choice. This is due to the higher rates charge for credit card cash withdrawals.
Need money in a hurry, and want to forgo tedious documentation? Need cash without a specific reason? Then personal loans would be the choice option.

In Summary: Key Advantages of Personal Loans

Flexibility of use: Personal loans are versatile and multipurpose. They can used with  a variety of purposes, be it travel expenses, medical expenses or purchasing equipment for business.
Quick Availability: Getting loans is usually fast. Submit online quote requests to moneylenders like us at Empire Global or submit application forms through banks. It is extremely effective if you are looking for emergency funds.
Minimal Documentation: Typically, personal loans require one of the least documentation unless you have bad credit rating.
Essentially, weigh out the advantages of the the various loan types available before deciding on choosing a personal loan. There could be better loan options available so do your research before signing on the dotted line.
We strongly advise our clients to tell us about their money needs and we will provide the best loan option and suggested repayment periods. This allows our borrowers to achieve the best loan rates and repayment periods.
At Empire Global we offer our customers professional legal financial assistance in a variety of loan formats. If you are looking for a legal loan provider in Singapore, we offer reliable and effective solutions for your needs. We operate as a licensed moneylender company in Singapore.
Getting personal loan for short term? Let us guide you.

Getting a Personal Loan For Your Short Term Needs

With the economy picking up slowly but steadily for sure, banks and money lending institutions are kickstarting their lending business in an aggressive manner. Prior to the launch of the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, most of us even we at Empire Global gets multiple calls from banks promoting all the different loans and throwing in all sorts of freebies to sweeten the deal.

You might have even received cheques that state a pre-approved loan amount and all you need is a phone call to the respective company. Well all these have been cut short and certainly much lesser seen now.

You might wonder why personal loan are effective for short term too? Let us tell you more.

Loan Flexibility

There are many specific loan types Eg. Education loan, renovation loan, car loan. Unlike these categories of loans where the usage of funds is clearly defined, you get much more flexibility on the usage of spend with a personal loan. It’s a sum of cash that you can use it for any purpose. When you take up a car loan, its strictly meant for the purpose of financing a car. Furthermore, specific loan types are usually paid directly to the seller and you won’t have access to the physical cash on hand.

Coming up Short on Cash? Use a Personal Loan.

A Personal loan act as temprorary bridges if you are coming short on cash. For example, you are awaiting a home sale proceeds or pending an investment fund release of cash. These are uncertain periods of time whereby you might be short on cash. Personal loan are ideal for those who have temporary shortage on cash. Like a pending home property sale of their current apartment and not wanting to miss a good property in the market. A personal loan comes in greatly to make up for the shortage in cash-flow and offering reasonable interest rates.

Coming short on cash is Terrible. Use a personal loan.

Coming short on cash is Terrible. Use a personal loan.

Having said this, personal loan should be used with caution and not for luxury purchases and splurges. A personal loan like any other loan is to tide over a certain period of time for a certain cause and not for an individual to indulge which will result in large repayments if one is careless.

Another great example is that you can use this amount of cash flow to generate new funds . Then a personal loan is a great and convenient way to bridge this kind of short-term financial requirement.

Loan ceilings are typically large than payday loans. As payday loans ceiling largely depend on an individual salary income.

Some side advice if you are selling/buying a new apartment; use a cash cheque instead of credit cheque and ask for some benefits from the property agents. They would be more than happy to do so

Learn more about personal loan in Singapore

Learn how to Be a Good Borrower

Personal loan come with slightly lower interest rates and unsecured nature provides a good way to teach someone to be a good borrower.
Fixed repayments each month makes the borrower repay a fixed a amount on the stipulated date. Furthermore, timely repayments of loans ensures that it maintains your good credit ratings.

Previously we mentioned on checking your own credit ratings with a $5 quick check in the Credit Bureau

Approval is fast as Always.

As with loans, personal loan are one of the fastest to be approved. Be it from banks or money lenders. This could prove to be an attractive offering for you if you need the loan amount fast. Time to be approved can be further discuss with the loan officers too. This is one of the highest request we get at Empire Global.

Get a Personal Loan If You Need One

Having mentioning some of the benefits of personal loans, they are only good if you don’t live beyond your means as it can be disastrous if you fall into a debt trap. We as moneylenders wouldn’t want that too!

Be confident and sure of your financial status. Ensure you repay back the repayments on time and you will be safe! Next up we will look at the Personal Data Protection Act and how it is shaking up the industry and why you should be aware of your rights.

7 Tips to identify legal moneylenders vs illegal moneylenders

7 Great Tips to identify legal money lenders vs illegal money lenders

Singapore – As with the ever-changing environment in Singapore, money lenders are moving into the heartlands to reach to a wider audience. This has led to a rise of illegal money lenders who want a piece of the loan industry. Every so often, a money lending company gets caught up in the news for malpractice or false advertising. This is why if you should need a money lender, you have to be smart about it.

7 Great Tips Compiled to identify legal money lenders

We have compiled seven important tips that one must be fully aware of prior to approaching a money lender. This will help you to identify the reliable legal money lender very quickly from these illegal and ill-practice ones.

Tip 1: Legal money lenders do not send SMS or perform telemarketing service

SMS is a great way of advertising, however in terms of loan services it appears like a spam service. Under the IPTO rules and privacy acts in Singapore, money lenders are not allowed to advertise their services in the form of SMS or telemarketing. Any company caught doing so will face harsh punishments by the government.

Some fake money lenders have started to copy wholesale the writing style of SMSes that banks send to customers, and use these SMSes as templates when they reach out to potential clients. They simplify copy and add-on their own phone numbers at the end of the message hoping to bait a borrower.

They even restore to using the names of legal money lenders and tricked potential borrowers into believing that they are the real deal and running a legit business.

Hence the strong emphasis that legal money lenders are not allowed to solicit for business via SMS. If you receive a SMS advertised with a Legal money lender name, DO NOT REPLY OR CALL.

Tip 2: Legal money lenders do not perform online bank transfers

Legal moneylenders do not perform bank transfer. Do not take up any offer for bank transfer when borrowing

Legal moneylenders do not perform bank transfer. Do not take up any offer for bank transfer when borrowing

There’s lots of articles and money lenders who assure instant bank transfer or advance cash via your bank account. These are usually illegal money lenders who want to avoid detection or the required paperwork to be done.

Legal money lenders will advise the borrower on the required paperwork, charges and require the borrower to visit the office. By doing so, it is a form of verification on both ends and further processing is done to facilitate the loan application.

Therefore, if a money lender offer instant bank transfer service, DO NOT TAKE UP THE OFFER.

Tip 3: NEVER, ever disclose your sing pass details over the phone

Singapore’s universal citizen login through SingPass contains a large amount about a person. It is very important that one should never divulge their own individual SingPass details to a third-party over the phone.

It’s a personal access account and illegal money lenders can do a lot with it It is part of the process to verify borrower income and working status in order to determine he/her ability to service the loan.

However, SingPass verification is done on-site personally and not disclosed over the phone.

Tip 4: Always research your money lender

First check onto IPTO website to see whether the moneylender is a licensed body. Check that they have a valid license number on their website or on their retail shopfront. Reason for doing so is that some illegal money lenders have resorted to mimicking or use  the names of licensed money lenders to advertise their services.

Anyone in a rush would have overlooked the details and end up getting a really bad deal on their loan or in the worst case get stuck in the loan. By then, even the authorities would have a hard time to rescue the situation. Look at their advertisements properly and ensure that the company being used is reflected properly.

Look for reviews made by people who have used the money lender’s services. This marks their service and real testimonials being given out. It is always important to find out more on a money lender first and ensure they provide the best service and advice before taking up a loan with them.

Tip 5: No need to provide income documents or meet face-to-face

Licensed money lenders have a physical approved office. In most cases, they would require borrowers to come down to collect their money face-to-face. This is part of the IPTO regulation to ensure that proper paper work and advice is done by the borrower before any loan is issued out to the borrower.

Hence, legal money lender will require you to pay a visit to their office to complete a hassle free paperwork and loan process within 15-30 minutes.

Tip 6: Legal money lenders operate from registered landline

The government has put in place many safety measures to help citizens and borrowers. One of which is that legal money lenders are required to use their registered landline whenever they advertise. Illegal money lenders are known to use mobile numbers or overseas numbers in their advertising materials.

Therefore, if you see an advertisement or calls from mobile number of oversea number to advertise for their loan services. These are 100% illegal money lenders. DO NOT TAKE UP THE LOAN OFFER!!!

Tip 7: Do not sign blindly

 

Do not sign an empty contract. Licensed money lenders must draft a written contract in a language that the customer understands.

Be careful of what you sign for. Do not sign blindly on any contract. Get the loan officer to explain to you.

Be careful of what you sign for. Do not sign blindly on any contract.

They must also explain the terms and conditions to the borrowers and ensure they understand all terms before signing. The terms and conditions must also be in line with the regulations found on the IPTO website.

If you see any unfair condition or term that is not in-line with the regulation, you can choose to walk away and not take up the loan.

In summary, read and understand before you sign. If not, get the loan officers to explain it to you.

Avoid being tricked

  • Legal money lenders do not send SMSes
  • Legal money lenders do not perform online bank transfers
  • Legal money lenders are licensed and required to be registered
  • Always conduct your research the money lender
  • Always meet face-to-face with the money lender
  • Always check what you are signing for and that the terms are understood
  • Never disclose your SingPass details over the phone
  • Never approach a money lender which operates from overseas or mobile number

There are lots of trickery that illegal money lenders resort to. As a consumer of any product, especially those related to money, one must understand the situation and be fully aware of the risks involved.

We hope that you do not have a bad experience in borrowing money, if so you can approach our knowledgeable loan officers who will be there to assist you. You can also write in to us or post a comment regarding loans or money lenders. We will be most happy to reply and assist you.

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Repayment Loan Plans – Choosing the right one

Singapore – Repayment plans are the next most important thing to think about when you are applying for a loan. The first is of course the loan amount. Deciding your repayment plan and budgeting your financial situation will allow one to make a wiser decision on their loan plans. There are several repayment plans to choose from and many money lenders offer these plans. Some minor variations in terms of loan amount being dependent on the length of repayment chosen. Larger amounts typically requires a longer repayment plan as its allows adjustments on the money lender to accommodate to the loan request.

What are the Repayment Types available?

Weekly Loan Plan (Lowest Interest Rates)

This repayment requires borrowers to make payment every week. A typical repayment plan spans 5weeks and offers the least interest rates. If your loan amount is small, it is best to choose this form of repayment to avoid unnecessary interest charges.

Bi-Weekly Loan Plan (Mid-tier interest, Small Flexibility)

This repayment requires borrowers to make payment every two weeks. A typical bi-weekly plan spans between 2-4 bi-weekly repayments. This loan is usually higher in interest as compared to the weekly plan. However it gives borrowers a small amount of flexibility to coup with the payments.

Monthly Loan Plan (Medium Flexibility, Higher interest)

This repayment requires borrowers to make payment every month. Depending of the financial needs and situation of the borrowers, monthly loan plan can span up to 10months. This plan allows better flexibility for borrowers to cope with repayment.

Open Monthly Loan Plan (Highest Flexibility. Large loan amount)

This repayment requires borrowers to make minimum interest every month.This loan provides the highest flexibility and usually used for larger loan amounts. Should the borrower be unable to cope with the interest rate, he/she can opt to pay only the interest amount each month. If there’s any extra cash that the borrower wishes to repay, he/she can choose to make particle principal principal.

The bottom line is clear and simple. So long as you keep on top of your repayment scheme, all you have to pay is merely just one transparent interest amount, at fixed monthly interest rate for the agreed duration of your loan, plus the principal loan amount you have borrowed. Of course, each loan we offer you is subject to meeting our minimum requirements. We are more than happy and willing to clarify any aspect of the loan agreement with you, including the loan amount and repayment schemes.

What if I default?

Although it is unwise to default on a repayment plan but in these times of difficult economy with the addition of the high cost of living, it has put lots of people on financial strains. This is where reputable loan companies will help and advice you. Ask for a deferment on the repayment by paying a fraction of the repayment or request for a variation plan. Borrowers can also opt to switch to a longer repayment plan if they cannot afford to make the required repayment.

Our advice when you get a loan?

There are many loan repayment plans to choose from and each have different advantages. Depending on your monthly salary and income, always choose the plan most beneficial to you. Here’s some advice on seeking a personal loan plan.

  • Always seek out a reputable and licensed moneylender to give yourself a piece of mind. Seek out loan quotations from lenders and choose them wisely.
  • Be responsible to your loan repayment. By being on time with your loan repayment, you build a good credit line which allows you easier access to future loans with larger amounts being approved.
  • Be aware of the costs of full loan repayment including the principal amount an interest. Ensure that you have the financial means to meet these repayment plans
  • Ask for advice from the loan officer. They will be most pleased to hear your end of the story and help you on your repayment choice.
  • Loan officers are humans too. If you have difficulties repaying or need money, opt for a reloan or ask for some flexibility in your loan plan.

In short, be realistic on your ability to repay the loan punctually. This allows you to save on interest rates and manage your loan well.

Empire Global is a reliable money lending institution and have loan officers that are seriously dedicated to helping their customers. Loan officers here always ensures that any person applying for a loan will be given adequate information on how interest rates or additional charges are calculated. Empire Global has been providing speedy loan application approval with competitive interest rates. If you are Interested in getting a personal loan from a respected company then contact Empire Global staff today and speak with them on your financial position.