Uses of Various Personal Loan Types

Bad credit loans are a good option for people who may have difficulty obtaining finance because they have previously got into payment arrears, or had CCJs or defaults. There are a number of bad credit loans lenders that now offer this type of finance but you may be confused by the financial jargon that is used to describe borrowing that is specifically for this sector of the market.

Some of the terms that refer to borrowing aimed at this market sector are: bad credit loans with no credit check and bad credit loans with an instant decision. The former is a useful option as it means that people do not have to worry about getting turned down because of past financial difficulties. The latter also often implies that stringent checks are not likely to be carried out.

Another type of borrowing that you may see advertised is bad credit loans with no fees. With this type of finance the borrower will still have to pay interest on the amount borrowed. However, there will be no set up fees or additional charges levied such as administration fees. Therefore, these can often prove beneficial.

In describing the various types of products that are on offer, we will begin by looking at unsecured bad credit loans. If you do not wish to secure your property against the amount you have borrowed then unsecured loans for bad credit are a good choice. However, the interest charged on them tends to be higher than that charged on secured forms of borrowing.

Amongst the types of unsecured bad credit loans are those requiring a guarantor. In this instance the guarantor is usually a trusted family member or friend who guarantees to take over the repayments on your behalf if you fail to meet them. Guarantors are usually required for people who haven’t had a chance to build up a credit record, for example, parents often act as guarantor for their adult children.

Another type of unsecured finance is when the repayments are collected from the home. These are known as home collection loans. The amount granted is usually low (generally between £100 and £500). A representative from the lending company calls at the home on a regular basis to collect the repayments, which is normally around once a week or once a fortnight.There are also various types of secured finance available for people with a poor credit history. Borrowing can be secured against the home, car or other property. Additionally, payday loans rely on the borrower earning a regular income and the amount granted is paid back as soon as the borrower’s salary is paid into his account.

Even a visit to the pawnbrokers is a form of secured finance. The borrower takes his goods to the pawnbroker who lends him a sum of money based on the perceived value of the goods. The person then returns at some point in the future and pays back the sum of money with interest in return for his goods, which have acted as security against the sum of money that was borrowed.

Mastering Your Credit Scores

Your credit score can impact nearly every aspect of your life. It can control whether you can obtain a mortgage, auto loan, or even a job. With this said, it is vital that you understand how to improve your credit score. Federal law requires that everyone have access to one free credit report per year. The reason this law exists is to allow individuals to verify that their credit reports are accurate. If there is inaccurate information listed on your report, by law you have the right to dispute the inaccuracies; the credit bureaus have 30 days to investigate and respond to the disputed items. If the creditor who put the disputed item on your credit report cannot provide proof that you are responsible for the debt, it should be removed. To obtain a copy of your free credit report you can call 877-322-8228, or mail a request to annual credit report request service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

After you have received a copy of your free report and have reviewed it for any inaccuracies; you will need to dispute them directly with all three credit bureaus. The bureaus include TransUnion, Experian, Equifax. Once you have verified the information on your credit report is accurate, you can then use the following suggestions to help you increase your scores.

• Make Your Payments On-Time – The single most important thing you can do to improve your credit score is to pay your bills on time. If you have had late payments in the past because you simply forgot to make the payment, you may want to set up automatic payment arrangements to pay your bills. This will ensure that your bills are paid on time.

• Credit Card Balances – Credit cards (revolving credit) account for 30% of your score. To maximize your score, you should always keep your revolving card balances below 30% of their available limit.

• Credit Availability – Your scores are calculated based on your unused available credit, how much credit is open, and the length of your credit history. The length of your credit history accounts for 15% of your score. Based on this factor, it would be in your best interest to keep your revolving cards open instead of closing them, because closing old revolving cards would significantly shorten the length of your credit history. To keep a revolving card open, you should use the card at least once every six months. This will keep them from being inactivated.

• Lack of Credit – Unfortunately, if you have very little credit because you pay cash for everything; you probably also have a low credit score. Scores are only determined by the activity reported on your credit report; cash purchases have no bearing on your current score. Therefore, you want to have at least one installment loan and two revolving accounts open at all times. If you are having trouble getting credit, you could apply for a secured card from a local bank or credit union, or you could ask a relative or significant other if you could become an authorized user on one of their revolving cards. Becoming an authorized user will give you an instant payment history. Just make sure that the account you are going to become an authorized user on does not have late payments, or has a balance near the accounts limit.

• Judgments and Collections – If you have a judgment or collection that originated years ago, when you pay or satisfy the derogatory item it may temporarily lower your credit score. Keep this in mind if you plan to apply for credit. You may want to delay paying off old collections right before applying for a mortgage or auto loan.

There are many other ways to help increase a credit score; but keeping your payments on time, managing your debt properly, and having a reasonable amount of available credit are the easiest ways to ensure an acceptable score. Just remember, derogatory credit will immediately lower your scores, whereas making your payments on time and keeping your balances low may take as long as six months to recover from one negative item reported on your credit report.

Suicide Risk

According to Alberta Health Services, this province has a higher rate of suicide than the national average. In fact, suicide is a leading cause of death in Alberta surpassing motor vehicle collisions, AIDs and homicides.

Most people don’t have a lot of training or experience with suicide. As a result, a great deal of fear and helplessness can accompany the thought that someone might be suicidal. There are several things that you should know about suicide:

1. Treat every threat as serious – Never ignore, minimize or promise confidentiality when someone talks about suicide. Listen carefully and do not interrupt.

2. Think about warning signs – Has the person been faced with a difficult situation recently such as a job loss, unplanned pregnancy, divorce or health problem? Do you notice any changes in their mood, sleep, appetite, or participation in activities? Are they giving things away? Do they seem pre-occupied with death?

3. Consider the history – Have there been suicide attempts or incidents of self-harm in the past? Were there friends, relatives or role-models of the individual who committed suicide?

4. Ask the question – If someone “hints” or implies that life is not worth living ask “Are you suicidal?”

5. Don’t make assumptions – People who commit suicide might never have suffered from mental illness. Most individuals who have suffered from mental illness are not suicidal.

6. Assess the risk level – Some people have thoughts of suicide when life is overwhelming but do not have any intention of following through. Their statement may be a “cry for help”. Support and problem-solving options might be what they really need.

7. Determine if there is a plan – Ask questions about what the person might be considering. Be direct and get very specific information about what they are planning to do. Medium risk involves having thoughts, impulses and a plan.

8. Find out if they have the means – Does the person have opportunity to access what they need to fulfill their plan? If so, they are high risk. Do they have a gun, pills, a vehicle or other means that match their plan? Remember that being under the influence of a substance at the time also increases the risk.

9. Don’t try to be a hero – Access services of a professional who will do an assessment and create a treatment plan. Call a Suicide Crisis line, take the person to the hospital or ask police to transport for you. Make sure that you share the information you have gathered with the professionals involved.

10. Let go! – Sometimes individuals are taken to an Emergency Room and are not admitted or are hospitalized and then released a day or two later. You may not agree with what is happening but it is up to the professionals involved to develop an appropriate treatment plan to help the individual. It is NOT your responsibility to keep the person safe or alive.

Suicide affects so many people – the individual, family, friends and society at large. It is therefore important that we learn as much as possible about suicide and then are wise and compassionate.

Thinking Of Going On A Diet? How About A Papaya Diet?

Dieting can be very hard on the body when not done in the right manner. Not giving the body sufficient time to adjust through crash dieting does more harm than good. More often than not, people diet and lose all the excess weight only to find that the minute they return to their previous eating habits, all the weight is gained back. But all is not lost, thanks to the papaya diet. Who knew that something as simple as a papaya salad could help you out?

The papaya diet is considered to be a great option to option for all those people who are looking to shed a few pounds-especially those who are suffering from an inflamed abdomen. Though the fruit is sweet, the number of calories in papaya are minimal. When it comes to papaya, there is nothing to lose.

Steps

Step 1

Find a nice, fresh fruit. Make sure that the skin has no unwanted indentations. Drink a couple of litres of water in order to remove all the toxins from your body.

Step 2

You will need to begin your diet by going on a mono-fast for a couple of days. You will need to eat the fruit throughout the day, perhaps in the form of a papaya salad.

Step 3

Whenever you feel hungry, simply eat some more papaya. You may drink the papaya juice once in a while, but do not add sugar to it. This is to cleanse the toxins from your body, including the parasites. It helps in building stronger tissues, and also reduces inflammation. You may experience diarrhoea, but that is normal.

Step 4

After fasting, you can drink warm water with a little lemon in it. Follow this up with a papaya breakfast, maybe a papaya salad. Wait for approximately half an hour, after which you can slowly begin to consume soft food.

Step 5

Avoid processed sugar and flour during the time you keep dieting. You may drink papaya juice if you are looking for some variety. This is extremely important as papaya ensures that anything that has been accumulating in your intestines are removed. The fact that the calories in papaya are minimal helps a great deal along with the fact that the fruit is delicious.

Step 6

Steamed vegetables, fish, legumes, beans etc can be consumed for lunch. You can supplement it with a little papaya juice as well.

Step 7

There is a need to perform abdominal exercises while you are on a diet. Muscles need to be stimulated during this time. The fact that there are very few calories in papaya fruit helps. However, that alone will not do.

You can make a simple salad and juice yourself. If you haven’t consumed papaya prior to this and are wondering how to cut a papaya, then visit our site in order to learn about the same.

Don’t Invalidate Fire Insurance

Don’t invalidate your fire insurance policy.

I find this a very strange case but it just shows how important it is to read the small print as if you ignore the conditions of the policy your policy could be invalidated.

In this case it was a condition of the FIRE insurance that the SECURITY Alarm was maintained and monitored. Times had been tough for the insured and he let the maintenance of the security alarm lapse and as the ARC had not been paid for 6 months they stopped monitoring the site.

Vandals broke in and set fire to the factory. It was a furniture company and they incurred losses of over £750,000.

The case went to the High Court, the judge had nothing but sympathy for the Directors of the Company and he took ‘no pleasure’ in ruling that as it was a condition of the combined insurance policy that alarm was to be monitored by an external firm, the Insurers did not have to meet the claim.

There are often conditions attached to the insurance policies we take out which relate directly to the risk. We need to make sure our cars have valid MOTs in order not to invalidate the policy. We are required to notify the insurance company if we get a speeding fine but, to my mind oddly, you do not have to tell them if you decide to do the Speed Awareness Course rather than pay the fine.

I have just come across a case, now in front of the insurance Ombudsman, where an insurance company voided the policy and returned all the premiums because the policy holder had unwittingly exceed the value of the ‘valuables’ within their contents insurance. They had insured the contents of their house for £60,000 but there was a clause stating that the value of the valuables should not exceed 66% of this.

They had to rush their daughter to hospital, and while they were out the thieves struck taking goods and damaging the property to the value of £70,000. When assessing the claim the loss adjusters calculated that the value if the valuables in the house exceeded £40,000. Normally claims would be ‘averaged’ to reflect the under insurance, but the insurance company in this case argued that the under insurance voided the policy. As I said this case is in front of the ombudsman as I write.

Back to case in hand where a fire insurance claim was dismissed as a security alarm and monitoring were allowed to lapse. Clients of ours run a hotel and there is someone on reception all the time so if the fire alarm is activated there was always someone on duty to respond. We came round to the time when the annual contract with the ARC [monitoring station] needed to be renewed. The Hotel Manger wanted to cancel it as it was considered an unnecessary expense. I said I agreed but asked him to check with his insurers to make sure they had no objections. The Insurers confirmed; monitoring was a condition of the policy.

Often with in the insurance policy there is a clause that the fire alarm is maintained in accordance with British Standards. It would be interesting to know whether a similar claim has been dismissed as the Fire Alarm has not been adequately maintained.