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Not all loans are bad? BT Money Hacks (Ep 154)

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With stigma still surrounding personal loans, is it ever a good idea to take out a loan? Did you know just applying for a loan will hurt your credit score and how can you tell if a loan offer is legitimate? Howie Lim gets insights from Bryan Chan of Providend and Nima Karimi from Lendela. 

Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Business Times breaks down useful financial tips.

Highlights of the conversation: 

00:52 Is taking a loan ever financially wise?

03:10 Challenges getting a loan

05:30 Steering clear of debt traps

09:22 Legitimate loan offers vs. scams and predatory lenders

10:24 Safeguarding your credit score

Written and hosted by: Howie Lim (

With Bryan Chan, client advisor, Providend and Nima Karimi, CEO of Lendela

Edited by: Howie Lim & Claressa Monteiro

Recording engineer: Joann Chai Pei Chieh

Produced by: BT Podcasts, The Business Times, SPH Media

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