Update to the Google Personalised ads policy

In February 2024, Google will update its Personalised ads policy to introduce new limitations on personalised ads relating to consumer financial products and services. Specifically, Google’s ‘Credit in personalised ads’ policy will be expanded to cover ‘Consumer finance in personalised ads’. The updated policy will read as follows:

‘In the United States and Canada, the following sensitive interest categories cannot be targeted to audiences based on gender, age, parental status, marital status or postcode.

Find out more by following this link.

Goldman Alums Set Up Matchmaking Platform for Private Credit

Two former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bankers want to take the $1.6 trillion private credit revolution from Wall Street to Main Street.

George van Dorp and Koen van Vlijmen, who both worked in the American bank’s London office, have built a product that matches small businesses with alternative lenders.

Take a look at this excellent article by Irene García Pérez and Silas Brown on Bloomburg News.

A 47-year mortgage? They’re out there — and even longer ones could be coming

Banking regulator says about $250B worth of home loans are either currently or soon to be negatively amortized.

Canada’s top banking regulator will soon implement new guidelines for the mortgage market, aimed at reducing the risks posed by negative amortization mortgages — home loans where the payment terms have ballooned by years and sometimes decades because payments are no longer enough to pay down the loan on the original terms.

Take a minute to read Pete Evans’ article on CBC news about the consequences on mortgages since the Bank of Canada has hiked interest rates multiple times within a year and a half.

Margill Pacific Tour

Last November, Margill’s CEO embarked on a three-week adventure in the Pacific.

He went to implement Margill Loan Manager and train clients in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Papua New Guinea.

Here are a few pictures from the journey!

Marshall Islands Development Bank team


Nimamar Capital Limited, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


Pacific Islands Development Bank in Guam


Also, through the services of Planetair, we decided to offset the climate effect of this 20,000-mile trip by buying back around 6.15 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

”Launched by the Unisféra International Centre, Planetair was created to support individuals, businesses and organizations seeking to evaluate, reduce and offset their ecological footprint and especially their climate impact.

Planetair enables individuals, businesses and organizations to quantify their greenhouse gas emissions and determine opportunities to reduce and offset their climate impact through carbon credits.planetair.ca

We invite all of our clients and partners to do their part by reducing or offsetting their carbon emissions. No actions are too small.

Government of Canada’s consultation on lowering the criminal rate of interest

This past August, the Government of Canada launched its anticipated consultation paper to seek feedback from stakeholders and vulnerable members of the public on the criminal rate of interest and the availability of high-cost installment loans often offered by alternative lenders.

While the Government of Canada’s policy goal has not resulted in a new criminal rate of interest yet, a reduction in the criminal interest rate could potentially have market-changing implications for lenders and borrowers.

To continue reading this article by Me Joyce M. Bernasek and Me Dominic Duchesne from the Osler law firm, follow this link.

CARR releases anticipated CDOR loan fallback language

On August 3, 2022, the Canadian Alternative Reference Rate working group (CARR) published the highly anticipated recommended fallback language for loan agreements (the Recommended Language) that use the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate (CDOR) as the interest rate benchmark, together with a white paper that provides an overview of the language (the White Paper). The Recommended Language was based on language published by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) and the Loan Syndications & Trading Association (LSTA), both of which are related to the replacement of LIBOR with the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), which market participants will be familiar with.

To continue reading this article by Lisa Mantello and Jasmyn Lee of the Osler law firm, follow this link.

Margill’s CEO accepts 5-minute video challenge

Margill’s CEO, Marc Gelinas, was recently put to the challenge to make a video to show most of the main features of the Margill Loan Manager software.  Knowing that the software contains  more than 600 000 lines of code, and knowing that nowadays, everything needs to be short and sweet in order to keep the viewer’s attention, the challenge was to do this video within 5 minutes.

Can he do it?  Find out if he did.

Discover Margill Loan Manager in 5 minutes

Margill Loan Manager 5-minute Challenge

Survol des régimes fédéral et québécois de protection des consommateurs de certains produits et services financiers

Le 30 juin prochain entrera en vigueur le nouveau Cadre de protection des consommateurs de produits et de services financiers et son règlement. Dans ce bulletin, on présente certaines des règles intégrées au Cadre, sous la perspective de règles similaires applicables au Québec en matière de protection des consommateurs de services financiers.

Ce bulletin présente également certaines des autorités de supervision et de surveillance en matière de services financiers, au fédéral et au provincial (Québec). Il met en perspective leurs différentes approches de supervision et présente plusieurs des pouvoirs dont ces autorités disposent pour réaliser leur mission.

Pour en savoir davantage, vous pouvez lire le bulletin de Me Guillaume Talbot-Lachance sur le site de BLG Avocats.

On a $1000 loan at 20% interest, why is my interest not $200 for one year?

Q: On a $1000 loan at 20% interest, why is my interest not $200 for one year?

A: This is a common question that we often get and some information is missing to answer the question so we’ll analyse this, taking into account various scenarios and how to manage this in Margill Loan Manager.

There is a misunderstanding as to the concept of “amortization”.

Here is how we get to $200 in interest on a loan. It must have ONE (1) lump sum payment at the end (one year later) of 1200 to get a balance of 0.00. So there is no amortization in this loan:

Compute to get the Results table:

Let’s look at this with bi-weekly $0.00 payments just to see the interest accrued (so 26 payments and the last payment on Jan. 1, 2023 to give exactly one year). This is Compound interest (not Simple interest), so the interest keeps on increasing:

So you get exactly 200 (+ or – a few cents due to rounding) as the interest amount.
However, when you add true payments that pay interest and principal (every 2 weeks, so 26 for a full year approximately), you are not lending 1000 for 1 year since principal gets paid back every 2 weeks, thus reducing the interest accrued.

“Compute” to get a real amortization schedule at 20% annual (APR). Notice my balance goes down so the fortnightly interest (every 2 weeks) goes down and so does the interest per period. So for an amortized loan, the interest is very far from 200 total, only about half (96.96) because of the amortization effect.

There are two ways to get the desired $200 in accrued interest for 1 year when there are true principal and interest (P&I) payments:
Method 1): Calculate the REAL interest rate
  • Desired Interest per payment: 200 / 26 = 7.69
  • Principal per payment: 1000 / 26 = 38.46
  • So 26 payments of 46.15 each (26 x 46.15 = 1199.90)
Leave the Annual Nominal Rate blank and enter the Payment of 46.15. Margill will compute the rate.

 “Compute” and notice the real interest rate (APR) is now 43.97% (APR). We are at 199.90 in interest (almost 200).

2) Use Fees, not true interest
Other option is to use Column fees (that are not computed on a daily basis but entered once and no matter what, you will have 200 in “finance costs”, not real interest). Click on Add Fees (I called them Admin fees – you can rename them to anything you want) and add 7.69 (200 / 26) in “interest” (Admin Fees here) per payment.

Here are the results. I added a few cents in Admin Fees at the end and increased my payment to get exactly 200 as my finance cost. Notice my interest rate is 0% since I am now using Column fees, not real interest.

I also invite you to consult our White Paper on interest. It explains basics and more advanced issues with interest: https://www.margill.com/en/interest-calculation-white-paper/

Important notification regarding the Apache “Log4j2” vulnerability

Please note that Margill products have not been impacted by the Apache “Log4j2” vulnerability.

The Margill Team wishes you all a very Happy New Year 2022!