A guide to the credit bureaus in South Africa

If you are wanting to take a bond out on a house or finance a car, you need to have a good credit score, lenders will ask one or more of these bureaus for information about you before accepting your credit application To make sure your credit score is healthy you need to check with South Africa’s 4 main credit bureaus. These include:

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All You Need To Know About Debt Securities

There is understandably a bit of confusion when it comes to this question. The question reads: If interest rates rise, what will typically happen to debt security prices?

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Learn how to do more with your money

Learning how to manage your finances at a young age may seem hard but it will set the foundation for your future finances. Saving for your retirement may seem daunting t at a young age but to enjoy your retirement, you need to start saving while you are young.

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How to start a budget plan

Access to credit is relatively easy. Your bank is quick to provide you with a credit card pretty much as soon as you leave school. It’s no wonder so many South Africans get used to buying things they want on credit. That’s often where the debt spiral begins.

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Tips on improving your credit score.

You probably know that your credit score is a big factor in getting a loan, but you may not realise just how much of an impact it can have on all aspects of your financial life. Your credit score can influence everything from interest rates and insurance premiums to apartment rentals and even job eligibility.

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Take control of your emotional spending

Shopping has become a huge part of today’s society. Advertising has taken over with the technological advancements that have become a part of our daily lives.  Whenever you turn on the TV or simply open your smartphone, adverts trying to convince you to buy their products pop up constantly. No wonder emotional spending has become such a huge problem in many of our lives.   Do you know what your spending habits are?

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The global pandemic has not only changed our lives as we know it, but it has drastically changed the South African economy and in turn, our finances. South Africans have had to change their way of living to suit their new financial situation. Many have been left without any income for months, and are not able to afford the things they are used to, leaving us to make tough financial decisions that will affect our lives for years to come. Here are some ways to keep your finances going in our changed world.  

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Struggling with debt during COVID-19 

Are you struggling with debt during COVID-19? Since South Africa announced its nationwide lock-down back in March, many have been left without jobs or receive a reduced salary and are generally in a bad financial situation. Although the government has provided some financial relief through temporary relief funds, this has proven to not be enough to help the average South African sustain their everyday lives. It may be best for you to take control of the situation yourself. Use this time to review your financial situation and reach out for help where you need it 

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Can I take out credit after debt review?

Are you wondering if you can take out credit whilst undergoing debt counselling?  The answer is no, but for a good reason. If you are making reduced payments on your existing debt, the last thing you want to do is take on  further credit that will make your situation considerably worse. But what about after the debt review process, when all your debt is paid off?

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Are you in debt and struggling to pay it off? Are your assets in danger of repossession? Debt counselling may be the right path for you to take. Debt counselling can reduce your debt repayments to an affordable rate so that you can pay off your debt and have money left over to pay for everyday expenses.

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