Loans

High Risk Credit Products Lead to Insolvency

Consumers who file insolvency are in severe financial distress, but surprisingly this does not mean they are behind on their payments. According to Equifax Canada, about 70 per cent of consumer accounts are paid as agreed at the time the individual files for bankruptcy, and this is definitely consistent with what we see every day. More debtors are turning to subprime debt as a way of balancing payments. While any one payday loan, high cost instalment loan or low credit car loan will not necessarily lead to bankruptcy, it does begin a slippery slope and these loans are a primary indicator of an increasing percentage of insolvencies.
Reuters

How LinkedIn Helped My Business

Everyone said I had to use LinkedIn when I was working to launch Zillidy. I currently have over 600 LinkedIn connections, which according to the website links me to over 10.5 million professionals. So why is LinkedIn such a powerful tool for small business? I believe it's because of the following reasons.
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Is Now Really a "Great" Time to Take on Debt?

BMO's recent decision to lower its mortgage rates and potentially trigger yet another mortgage price war among Canadian banks. This has triggered a debate among analysts and commentators about the merits of debt -- one outlining this week why "it's a great time for Canadians to be in debt."

The Cost of Borrowing From a Bank

The competition continues to intensify between Canadian bank and non-bank lenders to carve out their share of the $18.4-billion market for small-business loans of up to $250,000. But as entrepreneurs assess their options, here are 10 points to consider that, in addition to the headline interest rate, impact the total cost of borrowing.
Alamy

The Rise of Online Pawn Shops

There's been a rise in the pawn industry as people look to sell off personal items in order to do any number of things from pay off debts to maintain lifestyle, to grow new businesses where other financing avenues are not available to them. Here are five situations where pledging personal assets as collateral can save you money.
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4 In 10 Canadians Hindered By Debt: Poll

TORONTO - About 72 per cent of Canadians say they're holding some form of debt, according to a new poll by CIBC. The bank found that of those debtholders, four in 10 say their current debt level is an...