5 questions to ask yourself before taking out a loan

Loan adviceApril 16 Author: Daniel Culpan

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you commit to any type of loan.

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How to use a loan calculator

Loan adviceFebruary 15 Author: Matthew Plant

If you're wondering what a loan might cost you on a monthly basis, a loan calculator can be really helpful, giving you a 'ballpark figure'.

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Loans to family - what's the catch?

Loan adviceNovember 16 Author: Matthew Plant

Almost a third of us help our family and friends financially, providing loans and gifts worth an average of 442 per year. But is it always a good idea?

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Loans: what do we owe? A ten-year perspective

Loan adviceNovember 4 Author: Matthew Plant

Right now, we're carrying well over 200 billion of unsecured debt (not including our secured debts, like mortgages, which come to over 1.2 trillion). But where did we stand last year - or the year before?

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Secured and unsecured personal loans - risks and benefits

Loan adviceAugust 1 Author: Lucy Bower

A brief look at the risks and benefits associated with secured and unsecured personal loans.

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Will claiming loan insurance damage my credit rating?

Loan adviceJune 22 Author: Joel Stanier

Claiming on your loan insurance won't damage your credit rating - in fact, it could protect it. Here's our guide to how it works.

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Are loans available at the moment?

Loan adviceMay 25 Author: Joel Stanier

Getting a loan isn`t as easy as it used to be, but banks are still offering them and a lot of people are still managing to get them. So how easy is it, and how can you improve your chances?

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Taking out a loan - things to consider

Loan adviceDecember 25 Author: Joel Stanier

What are the most important factors when taking out a loan?

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Comparing loans in the UK

Loan adviceSeptember 25 Author: Joel Stanier - Financial specialist

If you`re looking for a loan, you`ll want the very best interest rate you can find for your circumstances. That`s one reason it`s important that you take some time to search the market and compare the various deals on offer.

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How to get a loan in the credit crunch

Loan adviceAugust 26 Author: Matthew Plant - Financial specialist

Over the past two years or so, borrowing money - whether it`s a personal loan or a mortgage - has been a lot more difficult than it has been in recent years.

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Debt consolidation loan calculator

Loan adviceJuly 27 Author:

Our loan calculator isn`t just for personal loans - it can also help you to work out how much your monthly repayments might be on a debt consolidation loan.

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Are secured loans for homeowners still available?

Loan adviceMay 11 Author: Melanie Taylor - Financial specialist

In a word: yes. Secured loans are still very much available for homeowners - but that doesn`t mean every homeowner will be able to find one. If you`re looking for a secured loan, start by asking yourself these three questions...

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Can I get a loan if I own a home?

Loan adviceApril 17

If you`re looking for a loan, owning a home can make a big difference. Why? When you ask a lender about getting a loan, they obviously want to be sure you`re going to pay it back!

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Loans: how the base rate affects availability

Loan adviceMarch 11

Anyone looking for a loan may have been pleased to see the raft of base rate cuts announced since October, hoping they'll help reduce the cost - and increase the availability - of loans. But how likely is that?

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Secured loan rates

Loan adviceMarch 5

If a loan is `secured`, it means that the loan is secured against your home. That means that if you can no longer afford your loan payments, the lender can repossess your home (although this is generally a last resort).

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Loan costs & the base rate

Loan adviceFebruary 10

When the Bank of England's base rate comes down, why don't loan costs come down at the same rate? The simple answer is: the loan markets aren't ruled by the base rate.

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Secured loans & the base rate cuts

Loan adviceJanuary 19

Why aren`t secured loans coming down in price? As the Bank of England cuts its base rate again and again, many would-be borrowers are asking why lenders aren`t passing these cuts on to borrowers in the form of cheaper - and more readily available - secured loans.

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