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APR (annual percentage rate) is your interest rate stated as a yearly rate, which shows your borrowing cost. An APR for a loan can include fees you may be charged, like handling fees. APR is important because it can give you a good idea of how much you will pay to take out a loan. The lower the APR, the cheaper the loan is.
You should always do your due diligence to protect yourself from online fraud and scams, though. For example, make sure the money lending site is encrypted (look for the padlock icon) and that the URL is correct. You should also read the terms and conditions carefully to protect yourself from unexpected circumstances.
Most licensed money lenders do not stipulate specific loan limits; instead, they personalize the loan limit based on each applicant’s background, financial situation, and income.
It depends. The Money Lenders Ordinance is a set of laws that regulate money lending companies in Hong Kong. These are typically meant to protect the consumer. For example, money lenders are prohibited from lending money at more than 60% per annum effective interest rate. Money lenders are required by law to follow these rules, but of course, there are unlicensed ones with illegal practices as well.
Simply check the Hong Kong Companies Registry for the most updated list of licensed money lenders. You can find this on the Companies Registry website. Should you encounter a company that claims to be licensed, you can also check CR for lists of expired, dismissed and withdrawn money lending licenses.