Borrowing money

What net zero could mean for your loan

Some lenders are starting to offer green mortgages with incentives such as lower interest rates for less expensive buildings. Above, a couple look at wind turbines off the coast of Essex in Frinton-on-Sea, England. Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images The UK has set itself the ambitious goal of being …

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Common Sense Investing: Is Investing Too Easy?

When I was a child, life hurt me. We didn’t have all the safety equipment, rules and regulations to keep us from scratching our knees. When we hurt ourselves doing something stupid, our parents would usually say, “Well, I hope you’ve learned your lesson. “I rode the bike once with …

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Credit trap: debt and dispossession in Central Asia

Since 2006, illegal debt collection agencies have flourished in Kazakhstan, where besides only 193 officially registered agencies, at least a thousand operate illegally. In 2019, the country’s banks sold problematic loans worth 611.6 billion tenge ($ 1.4 billion) to collection agencies. Publication on Kazakh social networks video and voice recordings …

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