EU leaders agreed on a new banking supervisory body with the power
to close ailing banks. (14 Dec 2012)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)


Merkel says fall of Wall proves 'dreams can come true'

"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wonga writes off debts for 330,000 customers

Chief executive apologises to customers as payday lender writes off £220m of debts and interest costs

The Guardian, Rupert Neate and Lisa Bachelor, Thursday 2 October 2014

The offices of Wonga, the payday loan company, near Regent's Park in London.
Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

The controversial payday lender Wonga is writing off £220m of loans to 330,000 people, admitting that it should never have lent to them in the first place.

The company, which MPs have accused of “legal loan sharking”, said it would entirely wipe out the loans, and scrap interest and charges owed by a further 45,000 customers.

Wonga’s new chief executive, Andy Haste, said the company had been wrong to lend the money to people that could not afford to pay it back.

“We are taking action to address the failing of the past,” Haste said. “This business had been too focused on growth and cared more about the loan outcome than the customer outcome.

“We are clearly very sorry for what’s happened to our customers and are doing everything to put that right.”

He said Wonga had lacked experience credit professionals and “lent to people we should not have lent to”.

“The checks were not sophisticated enough and not strong enough,” he said.

Wonga’s action came after the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), “raised concerns about our lending practices”, he added.

Wonga will write off the outstanding debts of 330,000 people who are more than 30 days in arrears, and let a further 45,000 people who are less than 30 days in arrears as of 2 October to pay back their loans without interest or charges. The customers affected will be notified by 10 October. Wonga estimated that the writeoffs will cost it about £35m as it has already taken provisions against many of the loans.

Haste, a respected City veteran who joined the company in the summer, said he would “not apportion blame” on Wonga’s founder Errol Damelin, who quit the firm in June.

John Mann, a Labour MP on the Treasury select committee, said Wonga should be called before parliament urgently to explain its “underhand tactics”, which he said disproportionately affected poor people.

“I welcome today’s latest step by the FCA to crack down on irresponsible payday lenders and this is a company that has taken advantage of people in dire financial circumstances,” he said.

“Sadly, it comes as no surprise to learn that Wonga knowingly lent money to people who will never be able to afford to repay a loan and it is morally right that they have been forced to write off these loans.

“I have written to the chairman of the Treasury select committee asking that he summons Wonga’s senior management to appear before the committee to explain their actions.”

The action has come about because Wonga was granting loans to borrowers without checking that they could afford to make the repayments. The company boasts on its website that it will pay the money into customers accounts within five minutes of the loan being approved.

It is understood that the checks the lender was making were so poor that many of its borrowers had no chance of ever repaying the loan because of the dire financial situation they were already in.

The FCA and Wonga are continuing to look at whether any other customers might be affected. It is understood that this could include former Wonga customers who managed to pay off their loans but should never have been lent to in the first place. If these customers were identified, it could lead to another huge bill for the company.

Wonga has also changed its lending criteria with immediate effect. It said that from now on there would be greater scrutiny of “loan to income ratio”.

It will also put a “30-day freeze” in place for people who have been in arrears before or have been rejected for a loan. Previously someone who had made late repayments but then paid off a loan could immediately apply for another one. A potential customer Wonga rejected could also immediately reapply. Now both sets of people will be barred from reapplying for 30 days.

Wonga said that the changes would mean “a material drop in the number of loans to new and existing customers”.

The firm will also be implementing new software that will determine how it lends. The creation of a “lending decision engine” will be overseen by a company appointed by the FCA.

One Wonga customer, Dan, who has a loan of just over £1,000 and is more than 45 days in arrears, welcomed the news. “Though no guidelines have yet to be published, I am hoping this deal struck puts me in the bracket of those who do not need to repay,” he said. “If so, it would be a very welcome gift.”

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