For many students, student loans are a part of the college experience: 43% borrow (or currently borrow) federal student loans and 12% borrow (or currently borrow) private student loans, according to the College Ave Student Loans survey of 1,019 undergraduate students conducted by Barnes & Noble College InsightsSM. Of those borrowing, only half (49%) feel confident they can repay their student loans.
While the majority of students that borrow (86%) understand taking out student loans means they will repay more than they borrow, only about 1 out of 3 (37%) fully understand the financial terms associated with them. More than two-thirds (69%) do not know what the monthly amount will be on their first student loan bill.
“Our survey highlights that though student loans play a significant role in helping students achieve their college degree, more can be done to help educate students on responsible borrowing,” said Joe DePaulo, CEO and Co-Founder of College Ave Student Loans. “Through our clear and helpful online resources and calculators, College Ave Student Loans strives to make student loans as simple and easy-to-understand as possible and help students understand their monthly payments when they graduate.”
The College Ave Student Loans survey also finds that students expect to take on most of the responsibility of repaying their student loans. More than half of students (55%) plan to pay back their loans without help from parents. And, college students graduating with student loan debt are motivated to enter the workforce. More than half (58%) say this will motivate them to land a job faster. Nearly half (43%) will look for a job where student loan repayment is part of the benefits. And, around 1 in 3 (36%) plan to work two or more jobs to help them pay off their student loans.
Borrowing for college can be a confusing process that can leave students with a financial responsibility for the years to come. To help students who plan to borrow for the upcoming school year, DePaulo offers the following tips to help families borrow smart:
- Borrow federal loans first. Federal loans in the student’s name offer certain protections and benefits – such as income-driven repayments and public service forgiveness – not typically offered with private loans.
- Don’t borrow more than you expect to make in your first year of your professional career. By doing so, you help ensure your student loan payment vs. income ratio is kept at a reasonable amount.
- Be aware of automatic deferment. Some loans, such as federal, automatically defer payments while you are in school. But paying down loans while in school – even as little as $25 a month – can help you save money over the long run. Check your repayment for each loan, and if you can afford to, ask your student loan servicer how to make payments on your loan while in school.
- Make sure there are no additional fees. Some loans come with origination, application or even early repayment charges – extra fees that College Ave Student Loans does not charge its borrowers. Make sure to read the fine print and ask your student loan servicer if you are unsure.
- Apply with a co-signer that has strong credit. Applying for a private student loan with mom or dad? Choose the parent with the strongest credit score and history who can help you net the best interest rate possible. One easy way to check what rates you can expect without pulling a credit report is with the College Ave Student Loan Credit Pre-Qualification Tool.
- Sign up for automatic payments. Planning to start paying off your student loan while in school? Consider signing up for automatic payments. You’ll often get a discount on your interest rate when you’re making automatic payments, and you’ll know that your payments are being made on time each month. Not all student loan servicers offer this benefit – make sure to ask.
SOURCE College Ave Student Loans
Wirex Launches Enhanced Cryptoback™
Today, payments platform Wirex launched a supercharged update of their revolutionary Cryptoback™ rewards programme. Customers can now earn up to 1.5% back in Bitcoin on Wirex Visa card purchases.
Released in 2018, Cryptoback™ was the world’s first rewards programme that paid out 0.5% in cryptocurrency for all in-store spending with the Wirex Visa card. Thanks to the recent launch of the Wirex Token (WXT), customers can now triple the amount of BTC they earn – making investing in cryptocurrency easier than ever before.
Depending on the amount of WXT held, in-store Wirex card purchases now generate up to 1.5% in Bitcoin. There are three levels of crypto rewards available:
- 500,000 WXT = 1.5% Cryptoback™
- 100,000 WXT = 1.0% Cryptoback™
- 50,000 WXT = 0.75% Cryptoback™
Wirex have calculated that the average UK consumer stands to earn more than £300 in Cryptoback™ every year, just by using their Wirex Visa card for day-to-day spending. Unlike many other cashback programmes, Wirex doesn’t impose restrictions on what customers can do with their rewards. Cryptoback™ can be redeemed instantly into their Bitcoin accounts, or quickly and easily exchanged into fiat for spending.
Enhanced Cryptoback™ is just one of the ways that holding Wirex Tokens allows customers to get even more out of their account. They can also enjoy heavily discounted fees based on the same structure, with access to premium products, merchant offers and airport lounges coming soon. As Wirex co-founder Pavel Matveev explains:
“We created the Wirex Token to be something that provides tangible value and benefits for holders beyond its market trajectory. Enhanced Cryptoback™ is the perfect example of this, as it allows customers to earn and invest in digital currency with a minimum of fuss. We’re looking forward to introducing even more benefits for WXT holders soon.”
Aegis Capital Corp. is pleased to announce its commitment to Equity Research
Aegis Capital Corp. continues to expand its equity research platform with the addition of Benjamin Zucker and James Jang. Benjamin joined in May 2019 as Head of Specialty Finance and James joined in June 2019 to head up the Maritime & Special Situations. These new coverage areas will bolster Aegis’ existing research footprint in the Internet/TMT and Healthcare sectors.
Mr. Zucker joined Aegis from BTIG LLC, where he was a Director and lead analyst covering Mortgage REITs and real estate finance companies. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Zucker was a Vice President at JMP Securities LLC where he covered similar sectors. Benjamin began his career in equity research at Pritchard Capital Partners. At Aegis, Mr. Zucker’s coverage will span across several Specialty Finance sub-sectors including Mortgage REITs, Equity REITs, Business Development Companies (BDCs) and Financial Technology firms (FinTech). Benjamin’s current coverage list includes: Medalist Diversified REIT (MDRR), Sachem Capital Corp. (SACH), and Saratoga Investment Corp. (SAR).
Mr. Jang joined Aegis from Maxim Group LLC, where he was a Senior Vice President and lead analyst covering the Industrials, Infrastructure and Clean-Technology sectors. Previously, Mr. Jang was a senior analyst at Sidoti & Co. covering furniture and textiles and was an equity research associate at Canaccord Genuity covering Maritime and Upstream E&P companies. Since joining, Mr. Jang has expanded Aegis’ research platform into the Agriculture, Oilfield Services, and Industrial Technology sectors with coverage of Profire Energy (PFIE), Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII), Yield10 Bioscience (YTEN) and Sigma Labs (SGLB).
Michael Pata Aegis’ Head of Business Development commented: “Hiring Benjamin and James continues to show Aegis’ commitment to equity research, which brings institutional quality analysis to the small and mid-cap universe.”
SOURCE Aegis Capital
LexinFintech Announces US$300 Million Private Placement of Convertible Notes with PAG
LexinFintech Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: LX) (“Lexin” or the “Company”), a leading fintech platform for educated young adults in China, today announced that it has entered into a convertible note purchase agreement with PAG, a leading Asia-focused private equity firm with over US$30 billion in capital under management, pursuant to which the Company will issue and sell convertible notes in an aggregate principal amount of US$300 million to PAG through a private placement. The private placement is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or around September 16, 2019. The gross proceeds raised from this placement will be approximately US$296.4 million.
The convertible notes will mature in seven years, bearing interest at a rate of 2.0% per annum. The notes will be convertible into fully paid Class A ordinary shares of the Company or ADSs at a conversion price of US$14 per ADS at the holder’s option from the date that is six months after the issuance date. The holder of the notes will have the right to require the Company to repurchase for cash all or any portion of the notes on the fourth anniversary of the issuance date.
At closing, the Company will appoint to its Board of Directors one person designated by PAG.
Mr. Jay Wenjie Xiao, Founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Company, said, “We are excited to have PAG as our new investor. This investment will enable Lexin to further develop and enhance our consumption-based ecosystem, improve product offerings to our educated adult customers, continue to invest in technology, build up additional consumption scenarios, and provide more consumer benefits to our customers.”
“PAG has a strong commitment to and deep understanding of China’s financial services industry, and we have a demonstrated track record of seeking out and engaging with the industry’s leading companies,” said PAG Chairman & CEO Weijian Shan. “Lexin has an unparalleled platform for meeting young consumers’ credit needs while strictly controlling and minimizing credit risks, which makes it unique, and we are looking forward to supporting the company as it embarks on its next stage of growth.”
Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., BofA Merrill Lynch and China Renaissance acted as the private placement agents to Lexin on the transaction.
SOURCE LexinFintech Holdings Ltd.
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