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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property advisory & buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place) - clients include hedge funds, resi funds, & private investors.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

Islam: Wonga loans benefiting from expensive UK housing

Interesting article here from Faisal Islam, where he again takes a potshot at the expensive UK housing market.

He argues that the large increase in the use of Wonga loans is a result of an expensive cost of dwellings.

"The average loan is £180 for 17 days, with interest of 1 per cent per day.

“Very few customers are on benefits. 

Our market is a banked market of people who have got smartphones. 

They are the one third [of applications] that get accepted. Most of our customers were not looking for a short term loan when they came to Wonga. 

Most of our customers are using Wonga as an alternative to an unauthorised overdraft fee and some credit cards."

It's an interesting argument, this, put forward by both Wonga and Islam: Wonga customers are not stupid, they would simply rather have a smartphone and pay interest of 1% per day, instead of the traditional method of using an overdraft or a credit card at a lower rate of interest or - heaven forbid - actually saving some money to buy consumer items.

As I said, it's an interesting point, but I'd like to suggest a slightly different angle.

Paying interest of 1% per day because you "don't trust" a bank (but you do trust good ol' Wonga to come up with the goods)?!

No, that's beyond stupid: that's just dumb. Completely and utterly 100% dumb.