Pay day loans operators under tighter scrutiny by ASIC

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Pay day Loans are a big Industry in the United States of America and are just starting to gain popularity in Australia now.  The ads are on the radio, television, the Internet, even in the mail. They refer to payday loans, cash advance loans, check advance loans, post-dated check loans, or deferred deposit loans.

The market for "small amount credit contracts" (SACC) – loans of up to $2000 for periods of between 16 days and 12 months, made at relatively high interest rates, colloquially known as payday loans – has grown dramatically in recent decades

This sector, where people are often given loans on high interest rates is a sector that most countries regulators keep a watchful eye on.This sector often due to the nature of the business where financially poor people or vulnerable people could easily get exploited even further.

How do pay day loans work in australia ?

  • A borrower writes a personal check payable to the lender for the amount the person wants to borrow, plus the fee they must pay for borrowing.
  • The pay day loan company gives the borrower the amount of the check less the fee, and agrees to hold the check until the loan is due, usually the borrower’s next payday.
  • This can also be done electronically  or by phone  where with the borrower’s permission, the loan provider deposits the amount borrowed into the borrower’s checking account electronically. The loan amount is due to be debited the next payday.
  • The fees on these loans can be a percentage of the face value of the check  or they can be based on increments of money borrowed: say, a fee for every $50 or $100 borrowed.

There are variations in this process based on one loan provider to another loan provider.

The problem is big institutions like banks shy away from providing small loans to people in poor financial circumstances and so there are but very few options left for borrowing of funds when a person is in a tight situation financially. Pay day loans companies cater to this niche and fill that gap.

Recently popular small loans provider nimble was hauled up by ASIC for breaches in providing loans. check here –

A national database of payday loans should be established and laws tightened to ensure payday lenders more carefully assess vulnerable borrowers, a timely report from the Australian Centre for Financial Studies has said.

Pay day loans Operators in Australia

Cash converters

cash converters australia Cash Converters International (CCV)

Cash Converters International (CCV) is a franchised retail network listed on the ASX. It specialises in the sale of second-hand goods. The Cash Converters group employs modern retailing practices, professional management techniques and high ethical standards to the management of its stores throughout the chain which appeal to a wide cross section of the community. As a result, Cash Converters has been able to position its outlets as credible retail merchandise stores, resulting in a profitable market for the group.

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Provides emergency loans, cash advance and solutions, such as cash advance loans and small cash

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Swift loans

Swift loans say they are a short-term remedy to a short-term unexpected problem. They are 100% online

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From swift loans website “Swift Loans Australia Pty Ltd has been granted a credit licence by Australia’s financial services regulator, ASIC. We are also a member of the Credit Ombudsman Service which is an external dispute resolution body approved by ASIC. We are subject to the national Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and associated codes and regulations.”

Nimble Loans

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Nimble was founded in 2005 by Greg Ellis and Sean Teahan

According to nimble loan website

– Approved borrowers can safely borrow anywhere from $100 to $5,000, pay it all back comfortably using flexible repayments and a schedule they set up themselves before confirming their loan, and get on with their lives.

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