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  • Business News

    Student Loan Fund recalculates debt repayment to reduce 100 billion baht bad debts

    With a staggering 100 billion baht (US$2.8 billion) in bad debts, the Student Loan Fund (SLF) is set to see a decline in its debt pile following the implementation of a new debt repayment calculation method, according to SLF manager, Chainarong Kajchapanan. This change is a result of the recent amendment of the Student Loan Fund Act (No.2) 2023, which…

  • Thailand News

    Loan shark takedown: Cyber cops sink teeth into predatory lending racket with jaw-dropping rates

    Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) police successfully dismantled a predatory lending scheme run by an unscrupulous loan shark who charged exorbitant interest rates of 50% and coerced borrowers into extreme measures to repay their debts. The operation, which took place today, was led by the head of the CCIB, along with his team, who executed a search warrant in Trang…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand’s Student Loan Fund tackles 100 billion baht in bad debts

    The Student Loan Fund (SLF) in Thailand has accumulated bad debts amounting to 100 billion baht (US$2,816,902,000). This is a significant increase from 2017 when the total non-performing loans stood at 60 billion baht. The SLF’s manager, Chainarong Katchapanan, attributes this surge to borrowers prioritising other repayments, such as credit card debt and mortgages, over their student loans. The SLF…

  • Thailand News

    Prominent Thai loan shark arrested for illegal pawnbroking business

    A 66 year old Sunthorn from the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, known as a prominent loan shark, was arrested for running an illegal pawnbroking business, lending money with an annual interest rate of 36%. The authorities seized 31 vehicles, warning debtors that they could become criminal suspects. Yesterday, at Na Bon Police Station in the Nakhon Si Thammarat province,…

  • Thailand News

    South Thailand: Woman arrested for loan scam in Chumphon province

    A woman from Chumphon province, southern Thailand, was arrested for a loan scam yesterday. The scam victim borrowed money from a personal Facebook account for 6,000 baht on November 4, 2022. It was determined that the loan scam victim must pay a floating interest of 600 baht per day before 4pm each day for a total of 10 days. Late…

  • Thailand News

    Thai widow pleads for help as loan sharks tighten grip after husband’s suicide

    The recent suicide of a 60 year old woman’s husband due to mounting debt led her to plead for assistance to deal with aggressive loan sharks. The woman, known as Yay Yuphin, from Uthai Thani province, sought help from Ekaphop Luangprasert and his team from the Saimai Must Survive news page, following her husband’s death. The man had committed suicide…

  • Thailand News

    Loan sharks circle in: 65 year old business owner seeks refuge in Chon Buri

    A 65 year old business owner in Chon Buri approached the Saaih Mai Tong Rod coordination centre at 10.40am today, seeking assistance after being ruthlessly pursued by loan sharks. The business owner, Chai, borrowed just 30,000 baht but has ended up paying over 3 million baht in interest. His lenders, a total of 29, have forced him to become a…

  • Thailand News

    Loan dispute escalates into violent altercation in central Thailand

    A debtor, who had previously complained to the Crime Suppression Division about being attacked with a knife and having his teeth knocked out, has been informed that his case is not progressing. The police superintendent of Bang Bua Thong Police Station clarified that the incident was not related to illegal lending but was a case of assault stemming from a…

  • Thailand News

    Indian national arrested in Ang Thong over illegal loans in Thai baht

    An Indian national has been arrested for operating an illegal daily loan scheme in Ang Thong. The arrest followed complaints by residents to the local Justice Centre about the extortionate interest rates and violent threats from the loan shark. The investigation, conducted today, November 30, found that an Indian man, identified only as Harinda, had loaned amounts ranging from 2,000…

  • Thailand News

    Thai govt’s 500 billion baht digital wallet scheme awaits legal review

    The Thai government’s bill proposing a loan of 500 billion baht to fund the 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme is yet to be reviewed by the Council of State for its legality, according to the council’s secretary-general, Pakorn Nilprapunt. This came as a rebuttal to Deputy Prime Minister Phumtham Wechayachai’s previous statement that the loan bill was under the council’s vetting…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket man caught using fake red license plates to avoid loan payments

    Phuket Highway Police apprehended a man using counterfeit red license plates on his vehicle, following his admission that he was unable to keep up with his car loan payments. The black Toyota Vios, sporting the dubious license plates, was first spotted by officers at a Highway Police rest stop. The car was parked near a restroom, its licence plates bearing…

  • Business News

    Grab Thailand to offer million baht loans to tap into digital lending

    Grab Thailand is set to offer loans of up to 1 million baht to its merchants to tap into the growing digital lending space, with ambitions to achieve profitability for a second consecutive year in 2023. The move comes as digital lending in Thailand is expected to reach US$12 billion in 2023, a 65% increase from 2022, according to the eConomy…

  • Thailand News

    Prime time relief: Govt’s debt deal targets students, teachers, and small-biz owners

    A fresh debt relief package aimed at several demographics, including past students embroiled in student loan repayments, teachers, and owners of small-to-medium businesses, is set to be unveiled by the government, according to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin‘s announcement yesterday. The Bangkok-born Thai PM added that this package, which will also extend to individuals making repayments to non-banking lenders, is expected…

  • Thailand News

    Thai Government Savings Bank promises low interest rates for home loans

    The Government Savings Bank (GSB), an institution committed to enabling Thai citizens to own their homes, is prepping a credit line of 45,000 million baht to offer three home loan products with fixed interest rates for the first three years, marking the end of this year. The initiative is expected to inject liquidity into the economy. According to Karm Phonprakong,…

  • Thailand News

    Three strategies to pay off your home loan faster in Thai baht

    The topic of mortgage payments has been making waves on social media recently, following a Facebook user sharing their experience of repaying a home loan with a bank. The user was required to pay 10,900 baht, but after deducting the principal amount, only 5.50 baht was left, the remainder being interest. Today, we want to share three easy, effective strategies…

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    Government offers loans to Thai workers returning from Israel

    The Thai government pledged to extend low-interest loans of up to 150,000 baht to each Thai worker who has been forced to return from Israel due to the ongoing war in Gaza, Palestine. The loans aim to help Thai workers settle any outstanding debts with job brokers or to fund alternative career paths. Paopoom Rojanasakul, the finance minister’s secretary, revealed…

  • Business News

    Thai banks see 0.71% loan growth as SMEs and households struggle

    Thailand’s top six banks reported a meagre loan growth of 0.71% in the first three quarters of 2023, as compared to the same period in 2022. This slowdown is primarily due to reduced loan uptake by small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and an increase in household debt. The six banks—Bangkok Bank (BBL), Kasikornbank (KBank), Krungthai Bank (KTB), Siam Commercial Bank…

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    Thailand banks break the ice: Freezing loan rates to thaw financial stress

    Thailand’s state-run banks have taken a bold step to counteract high interest rates by freezing their loan rates. This move has been initiated to assist low-income earners and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as disclosed by Vitai Ratanakorn, who holds dual roles as president and chief executive of the Government Savings Bank (GSB). The GSB, which currently services six million loan…

  • Business News

    Banking on change: Thai banks raise policy rates to woo depositors with digital deals

    Following the Bank of Thailand‘s decision to hike its policy rate by 0.25 percentage points, banks are now increasing both their loan and deposit rates. In a bid to attract depositors, special rates are being offered on digital savings products. Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), the country’s fourth-largest lender by total assets, has acted promptly to the central bank’s policy rate…

  • Guides

    Exploring different types of loans available for foreigners in Thailand

    In need of a loan? As an expat living in Thailand, you’re probably wondering what your options are. Getting a loan in the country as a foreigner is not easy, but it’s not impossible. Guided by an interest in propelling economic development and promoting tourism, the local government has taken significant strides in making access to financial support much easier…

  • Business News

    Thailand’s Student Loan Fund expands reach to address ageing society needs

    The Student Loan Fund (SLF) in Thailand, managed by Chainarong Katchapanan, announced plans to extend its loan services to all working-age adults, aged between 18 and 65. The move, aimed at upskilling and reskilling, is in response to Thailand’s shift towards an ageing society. This initiative will be implemented by the end of this year, marking the first time since…

  • Thailand News

    Government Savings Bank unveils 100,000 baht loan scheme for struggling self-employed workers in Thailand

    The Government Savings Bank (GSB) is launching a loan scheme targeting small-scale self-employed individuals, such as taxi drivers, motorcycle taxi drivers, riders, and online sellers. The bank is offering loans of up to 100,000 baht, repayable over eight years, to support these workers who have been adversely affected by the rising cost of living, resulting in reduced income and financial…

  • Guides

    Can expats get a loan in Thailand?

    As an expat living in Thailand, you may have often wondered, “Can I get a loan as a foreigner in Thailand?” Maybe you’re eyeing that lovely condominium in the heart of Bangkok, dreaming of a shiny new car, planning your dream tropical wedding by the beach, or thinking of sprucing up your home. And naturally, you’re looking at loans to…