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08 Jun 2012

Written by Damien

Damien is one of the most widely quoted money and investment experts in the national press and has made numerous radio & TV appearances. He created MoneytotheMasses.com while working in the City when he became disillusioned with the way the public were left to fend for themselves because they could not afford financial advice.

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Windfall for short-term loans boss as Wonga plan to float

Errol Damelin could be in line for a £100m windfall four years after helping to create Wonga, the short-term loans firm. It is understood that plans  are under way to float the business on the US stockmarket with a potential value of £1bn, Damelin is understood to own around 10% of the company.

Recently Wonga have had adverse publicity -

  • They have been accused of trapping customers in a spiral of debt, a typical interest rate on loans are between 0.3% and 2% which could result in an APR of over 4,ooo
  •  In May the OFT ordered Wonga to improve it's debt collection practices, when it emerged that it had sent customers letters accusing them of   committing fraud
  • Recently announced the launch of short-term loans to businesses as well as individuals which was widely condemned

Wonga operates over the internet using automated risk processing software which can approve an application in 5 minutes and have money in the customer's account within 30 minutes.

The payday loan market has grown from 300,000 borrowers in 2006 to 1.9m in 2010 with Wonga making profits £16.6m in the year to December 2010

A recent Which? report found that a third of customers, using payday loans, experienced greater financial problems as a result.



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