Recession is a hard time in any circumstance, from increased rates to decreased value for money, consumers can feel the pinch out of nowhere. As South Africa enters into a technical recession, the National Credit Regulators have urged consumers to stay away from new or unneeded debts in our worsening economic climate.
In early June, Statistics South Africa announced that the country’s economy moved into a recession after the GDP contracted in two consecutive quarters- showing negative growth in the first quarter of 2017 and GDP contraction of 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016. While this is bad for the country overall, those with debt stress will have an even gloomier image in front of them.
Surprisingly enough, the banks don’t want your house, so when it comes to repossession of assets…remember there is always a plan to be made. Usually one of the biggest monthly expenses, also becoming one of the biggest financial headaches for consumers, home loans are a daunting element of life that many face. When you are battling to keep up with bond repayments, remember there is always a helping hand. Whether speaking to the bank, or getting advice from the National Debt Advisors, make sure to manage your debt responsibly. Continue reading
In light of a series of factors ranging from local to international, the international trade credit insurance company, Coface, has changed South Africa’s business credit risk assessment form a B to a C- from fairly high to high. What this means for us is that South Africa is now seen as a higher risk for investors, a detrimental position to be in when considering the importance of international investments in our industries.
While the aftershock of 2016 still rings in the ears of the SA consumer, we look to the year ahead with high hopes and positivity…well we did at least. What seems to be a bumpier ride than the year before, it is time for consumers to buckle their seat belts and hold on tight.
With special warning towards those toying with over indebtedness, 2017 is forecast to be a bumpy ride, creating an atmosphere within which those who struggle with debt have to tighten their wallets and control their spending if they want to make it through the year. With a January petrol hike making basic expenses even higher, coupled with a range of other increases and policy tweaks, the over indebted are soon to be in dire straits.
While most people associate treasure hunting with pirates, we know better. There is treasure all around us; we just need to know where to look. Continue reading
Recovering from the financial strain of the festive season, you need to take time to organize your money with the goal of avoiding the debt trap. Returning from holiday is always a tough one, coming back to the real world, escaping the fantasy of endless holiday, this is a time that most South Africans don’t look forward to.
It’s time to put a bright red bow on your budget and check your list twice!
We always get annoyed and complain when we see stores deck out their halls with Christmas decorations early in the year and then remove them late January (we know we do). However, we think they might actually be onto something. Continue reading
It pays to know your rights about prescribed debt
A set of circumstances that is fairly unknown to the general consumer, prescribed debt is an important port of debt collection that can often catch people unaware. Prescribed debt is, in short, old debt that has not been acknowledged or paid within three years. Often chased down by debt collectors, many credit users do not know they do not have to pay this debt unless they accept it.
If you’re planning for the year ahead, a good place to start is to check your credit rating at the credit bureau. In South Africa credit rating checks can be stressful for some, as this is when you realize how good or bad you have been with the credit granted to you.