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. Writing off existing student loans could cost the government as little as £10bn, well below the £100bn figure quoted by politicians, according to new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Writing off student debt cheaper than claimed, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 04:40:20 PM
. Writing off existing student loans could cost the government as little as £10bn, well below the £100bn figure quoted by politicians, according to new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. ...
Tuition fees row: education expert warns over graduate earnings image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 05:10:11 PM
....The report reveals particularly low levels of public funding in tertiary education in the UK, with just 28% of expenditure from the public purse, compared with the OECD average of 70%. Just under 50% comes from household expenditure – in other words tuition fees paid for by student loans – more than double the OECD average of 22%. ...
The miserable reason behind millennials' slow march to the suburbs | Jamie Peck image
....) While I’d love to claim some kind of unique moral depravity or punk rock iconoclasm for my generation, there’s simply no evidence to support it. What the evidence does support is that millennials want the same things as our baby boomer parents, it’s just taking us longer to get them due to a flagging economy, crushing student loan debts, and the difficulty of getting a mortgage in the years directly following the financial crisis. ...
Getting to grips with a £32,220 student debt – and how you can lighten the load image
....After three years at university Vic Froggett has started in her first job and is adjusting to the succession of new bills she has to pay. But as well as the increased cost of rent, travel and council tax, in the background is her mountain of debt – student loans of £40,000. ...
Student loans: graduates still face cash grabs of £300 a month image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 06:00:04 AM
. Graduates who have paid off their student loans say they are continuing to have as much as £300 a month taken from their pay packets by the Student Loans Company, with some talking of two-year battles to obtain refunds. ...
Student debt: What is going on with the Student Loans Company? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... So what is the SLC and what is going on with student debt?. The total student loan debt in the UK has risen to more than £100bn for the first time, and is expected to hit £330bn by the middle of the century. ...
Graduate anger mounts over ‘nightmare’ Student Loans Company image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 06:00:43 AM
.... Only Money’s intervention finally delivered evidence that her loan wasn’t growing at a higher rate, she says. Fed-up graduates have since told us of being on the receiving end of similar treatment by the SLC, which many claim is not up to the task of administering the huge sums that student loans have become. ...
Jeff Bezos: how the world's richest man can change his stingy reputation image
.... On Twitter, he recently indicated he was looking for suggestions on how he should focus his philanthropic giving. He quickly received all manner of ideas from the public, ranging from paying off student loans to stopping climate change to building data centers in Africa. ...
Student Loans Company quadrupled my interest rate – just for taking a short trip image
....”. He confirmed that anyone with a student loan must tell the firm if they go abroad for three months or more – whether they are earning or not. ...
Russell Group urges rethink on student loan interest rate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:40:15 PM
....Labour’s shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner has been granted an emergency debate on tuition fees in the Commons on Wednesday. Last week, Andrew Adonis, the architect of the student loans system under Tony Blair, called for tuition fees to be scrapped after becoming a “Frankenstein’s monster” that leaves students with crippling debts. ...
UK students should not try to pay off loans early, research suggests image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 02:40:16 PM
....Lewis said: “Many graduates are starting to panic. First they look in shock at their student loan statements after noticing interest totalling thousands has been added. ...
Grace is 25. Her student debt: £69,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 06:14:02 AM
....Parkins was one of the first generation of students to sign up to £9,000 a year tuition fees. Like many recent graduates, she had no idea she was also racking up £8,000 of interest on her student loan while still at university. ...
The Guardian view on abolishing student fees: easier to say than to do | Editorial image
....In coalition, the Lib Dems reluctantly conceded, amid noisy and occasionally violent protest, to raise fees to £9,000 a year. Teaching grants to universities were cut; for the first time student loans attracted above-inflation interest rates. ...
Chip: the robot banker trying to pull millennials out of their overdrafts image
....”. Rabin says the average Chip user is around 29, with £2,000 a month net income – well above the median, particularly if they’re graduates with student loans, and so the sort of people for whom financial security is tantalisingly within reach. ...
Decade in the doldrums for hard-hit savers as low interest rates remain the same image
....”. Low rates are making life even harder for young people too with Elliott Silk, head of commercial at wealth managers Sanlam, saying that many are walking into a “retirement black hole”: “Sky-high rent, living costs and student loan repayments are also having a detrimental impact on their ability to think about longer term saving. ...
Zero-hours contracts affect young people's health, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 11:01:12 PM
....The study’s lead author, Dr Morag Henderson, said: “Millennials have faced a number of challenges as they entered the world of work. They joined the labour market at the height of the most recent financial crisis and faced higher than ever university fees and student loan debt. ...
Poorest students will finish university with £57,000 debt, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 11:01:12 PM
....Many debts will not even be paid off within the 30-year time scale. The IFS also found that more than 77% of those taking out student loans will have some or even all of the loans paid off by the government because graduates will not earn enough to repay their loans within that time. ...
Are you struggling to pay back your student loan? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 11:40:55 AM
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UK student loan debt soars to more than £100bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 11:12:28 AM
....“As fees increase this number will only go up, as more and more money is lent out each year. There is some cause for concern here, mainly for the government, as it is now widely accepted that the majority of graduates will never pay off their whole student loan debt before it is wiped off 30 years after their graduation. ...
Taxman has his sights on Bank of Mum and Dad as complex rules increase  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 08:15:00 AM
....With the average house price standing at £220,000 in April, according to the Office for National Statistics, first-time buyers will have to produce £22,000 to put down a 10 per cent deposit. Almost one in five parents and grandparents want to help younger family members pay off debts and student loans, while 13 per cent would like to fund a wedding. ...
While Corbyn inspired the young, May was terrifying the old image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
....It is all of a piece with the Cameron/Osborne policy legacy, inherited by May, that manufactures ways to kick debts down the road while professing to tackle them here and now. It has taken time for the implications here to sink in, despite plenty of warnings about the rocketing levels of student debt in the US, where student loans have become the second highest consumer debt category – behind only mortgage debt – at $1. ...
Britons are sitting on too much debt without a financial safety net image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 28th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
....”. Mortgage debt is not the only problem, with unsecured lending such as credit cards, store cards, payday loans, bank loans, student loans and car loans now at a record £13,900 per household, according to new figures from the TUC. ...
TUC urges government to help boost pay as debt nears record levels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 05:01:19 AM
....Unsecured household debt includes borrowing on credit cards, store cards, payday loans, student debt and car loans. The TUC said student loans and car loans were significant factors in the growth of unsecured household debt, but said there should be no complacency about their contribution since both added to the problem of cash-strapped households saddled with large debts to service every month. ...
Trump's $4.1tr budget takes hatchet to safety net image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:31:49 PM
....1tr) budget that would take the axe to the social safety net for the poor. The plan would sharply slash food stamps, healthcare for low-income patients and disability benefits, and eliminate student loan subsidies. ...
Battle ground image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 01:14:58 AM
....The rest of the government's income comes from a variety of sources. These include interest - for example on student loans; dividends - for example from holdings of Royal Bank of Scotland shares; and profits from assets - including the leasing of 4G mobile licences. ...
Pensioners’ election REBELLION: Demands for May to look at pension issue for UK's 5MILLION image
....They were not able to plan for the shortfall and have been left counting the cost despite paying into the system for decades. She fumed: "Cameron and Osbourne spent our taxes like two school leavers with a student loan. ...
Students face sharp rise in interest on tuition loans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:02:18 AM
....It will come in the autumn alongside an increase in tuition fees to £9,250 for universities in England. The Department for Education is also trying to sell off more student loan debt to private investors. ...
Student loan interest rate set to rise by a third after UK inflation surge image
....1%, plus 3%. As a result current students and a sizeable number of graduates will see the interest rate on their student loan jump to more than 24 times the official Bank of England base rate. ...
The lost generation: ‘I’m 30-something and still depressed and broke’ image
....Her monthly income is higher than mine, which is unsurprising, as I work for magazines and she worked for a bank, but it suggests she might not need pensioner benefits. She has no student loans (her degree was free), her house is paid for, and her pension covers living costs, yet the government acts like she’s pawning her thimble collection to keep the lights on, rather than ordering wine by the case and Facebooking from the Italian Lakes. ...
Seven ways to teach your kids about money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 06:30:31 AM
.... If they head off to college, this is theoretically when all those years of training kick in and they leave with a full understanding of the value of money, how to save and the need to budget. In reality, the first instalment of a student loan will make the majority feel recklessly rich, and telling them they will probably graduate with a debt of more than £40,000 will mean absolutely nothing. ...
Universities minister announces sale of student loan book image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 03:28:59 PM
. The government has begun its controversial sale of the student loan book, which it expects to recoup £12bn in the long run for the exchequer, and assured graduates that they will not have to pay more. ...
Statute of Liberty image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 11:58:01 PM
....The New York proposals will particularly address the anxieties of middle-income families, earning too much to benefit from scholarships for the most deprived, but struggling to afford increased fees. Tuition fees have risen much more sharply than inflation and student loan debt in the US has outstripped the amount owed on credit cards, standing at $1. ...
UK household debt now a record £13,000, says TUC image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 12:28:50 AM
....The TUC divided that number by the total number of households in the UK. However, its figures are inflated by the inclusion of student loans, which have increased rapidly over the last couple of years. ...
Household debt rises to post-credit crunch high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 11:26:03 AM
....But that decision is now 12 months overdue, and the charity estimates that a further one million people fell into problem debt during this period. Bank of England statistics show that personal debt, including credit cards and bank loans but not including mortgages or student loans, has been growing at a yearly rate of 10% for the past six months. ...
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 07:00:07 AM
.... Today his granddaughter suffers far more from “stoppages” than someone in the 1960s. Her take-home pay is around £1,600 a month after income tax and national insurance, not helped by the £53 a month deduction to cover her student loan. ...
Smart money? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 12:23:08 AM
.... And its risk assessments are so accurate that the default rate - the percentage of students failing to keep up repayments - is one of the lowest in the industry. The firm has now moved beyond student loan refinancing to offer other products, too, such as a mortgage tailored to former students that enables them to roll their student debts into the home loan. ...
At 20, am I too young to invest in buy-to-let property? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:00:40 AM
.... HK. A The building opposite me is owned by a landlord who used his student loan to put down the deposit on the first of his now multiple buy-to-let properties. ...
Treasury WILL launch sale of £100bn for student loans next SPRING image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
. Officials are in the process of preparing the first tranche of the pre-2012 student loan book for sale, but the Office For Budget Responsibility says that is unlikely to occur before April and the end of the Government’s 2016/17 financial year. ...
Student loans: fight over 'disgraceful' freeze on income threshold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 02:11:36 AM
. Calls have been made for the Treasury to unpick a controversial change to student loans from George Osborne’s final autumn statement, which critics including MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis have called a mis-selling of loans to thousands of young people. ...
Inflation means inflation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 11:20:43 PM
.... . If you have a student loan, the level of interest charged is linked to a slightly different measure of inflation, the Retail Prices Index (RPI), and is not subject to the Bank of England's decisions. ...
Wealth of people in their 30s has 'halved in a decade' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 11:00:48 PM
....". "Wealth" as defined by the IFS includes property, savings and investments, and money held in private pensions - minus any debts a person may have such as student loans or credit cards. ...
The £4,000 a week student flat where Fresh Meat meets Monopoly image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of September 2016 12:53:19 PM
....There’s enough space for everyone to have their own cupboard for their baked beans, and multiple bathrooms mean no queues for the shower before lectures. But it’s fair to say the average student loan won’t be enough to snaffle this particular pad – a £12. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of September 2016 05:59:40 AM
.... whood. • If student loans worry you that much, study architecture in Germany. ...
Learn how to balance a budget in the biggest university challenge of all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of September 2016 05:59:52 AM
....”. Budgeting for outgoings should be a given when trying to ensure there is money left at the end of the term – not always easy when student loan instalments typically come in three stages throughout the year. ...
Owen Smith, know your facts, we don’t want a graduate tax image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 06:00:22 AM
....Some opponents of a graduate tax say the idea is not so much stupid as pointless. They argue there are no major differences between a graduate tax and the current student loan system. ...
Back home and in debt: life after university tuition fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of August 2016 06:15:23 AM
.... My psychology degree alone isn’t enough to go into social work so it will take me up to two years to get the qualifications and training I need. “I don’t know exactly how much I owe in student loans but based on what other people owe I think it is probably around £40,000. ...
Debt woes 'weigh heavily' on young people, survey finds image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of August 2016 11:00:11 PM
....Women were much more likely to worry about money than men, the survey found. The average debt of £2,989 excludes student loans and mortgages. ...
Low wages and bills 'thwart 18-35s' savings ambitions' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of August 2016 11:00:44 PM
....Fewer thought that their lifestyle scuppered any attempts to save. The association's research with a relatively small group of 18 to 35-year-olds suggested that the majority were not racking up debts, outside of student loans. ...
Five-minute guide to... the cost of going to university image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 21st of August 2016 12:01:00 AM
....” . This way you will not be left paying off student loans for decades, can earn money whilst being trained and learn from hands-on experience in the real world. ...
More than a third of UK graduates regret attending university image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 11:02:15 PM
.... It said that millennials – aged 18-35 – estimate that they will take 11-12 years to repay their student debts, and that every month they are scrambling to make ends meet. “Aviva’s findings suggest that millennials have just £156 to spare at the end of each month after essential living costs and face repaying hefty student loans,” it said, adding that a third of millennials feel they have to carry more of a financial burden for higher education than older generations. ...
Student debts wipe out most graduate pay premiums - report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:17:47 AM
.... . In addition, unlike most ordinary loan agreements, the terms and conditions of student loans can be changed "at any moment without debate and without notice", they add. ...
Amazon boss Bezos becomes world's third richest image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 28th of July 2016 08:52:07 PM
.... . Earlier this month, it announced a partnership with US bank Wells Fargo to offer discounts on student loans for members of its Prime Student services. ...

Teenager who spent student loan trying to join Isil and used a 'step-by-step guide to terrorism' is jailed
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. A radicalised teenager who spent his student loan trying to join Islamic State and used a "step-by-step guide to terrorism" has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. ...

Bursaries for student nurses and midwives to be scrapped by government
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 10:43:37 PM
....The Government has said that replacing bursaries with loans will free up around £800 million a year, create extra nursing posts by 2020 and help students from all backgrounds take up the role. In the 2015 Spending Review ministers set out plans that will mean from August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will receive their funding and financial support through student loans rather than through the NHS bursary scheme in England. ...
Amazon to enter student loan business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 09:57:25 PM
. E-commerce giant Amazon has entered the student loan business, teaming up with US bank Wells Fargo to offer lower interest rates to subscribers of its "Prime Student" services. ...
It’s borrower beware when it comes to student loans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of July 2016 05:59:03 AM
. A woman who was told in 2010 that she had paid off her student loan in full has become the latest person to fall foul of the “shambolic” Student Loans Company. ...
I've paid off my debt, but Student Loans Company keeps on taking my money image
. This year I finally managed to clear my student loan that had been hanging over my head for 12 years. ...
MPs to debate student loan costs after petition image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of June 2016 02:51:27 PM
. A petition opposing a retrospective rise in the cost of student loans is to be debated in parliament after obtaining 120,000 signatures in just a few days. ...
With a $55,000 debt, you learn to appreciate the little things | Stephanie Land image
.... I worked part-time as a housecleaner, thankful for my handful of loyal clients who understood my need to reschedule if my daughter was sick or if I had to bring her with me because I couldn’t find childcare that day. I took out the maximum amount of loans – about $10,000 a year – for three years, adding to the student loans I’d borrowed 15 years ago in my early 20s. ...
Student loans ‘really were’ mis-sold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of June 2016 06:01:02 AM
. I have three children, all of whom went through university under different student loan regimes; the last one started university in 2012, just as the fees went up to £9,000. ...
Government under pressure over student loan change image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of June 2016 06:01:02 AM
. The government is coming under intense pressure to reverse controversial changes to student loans, after one of the scheme’s leading proponents, Martin Lewis, branded them a “disgrace”, and a petition opposing them started by a Durham student hit the crucial 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a possible debate in parliament. ...
New plastic £5 note launched plus six months of buying nothing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of June 2016 11:25:50 AM
....Beach homes. After a letter about the cost of student loans went viral, we looked at whether interest rates on them have really shot up, and whether they could be the next mis-selling scandal. ...
Have student loan interest rates really shot up? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of May 2016 04:22:18 PM
. A Facebook post by a recent graduate suggesting that interest rates on student loans have been hiked went viral this week – so have rates really gone up?. ...
Millennials aren't buying homes right now. What if they never do? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of May 2016 10:00:00 AM
....Where will they get the money for a down payment for a house? Their cash-strapped parents probably can’t help. But where will they find the money for the monthly mortgage payments when they have outsize monthly student loan repayments to make?. ...
Lawsuit accusing 16 big banks of Libor manipulation reinstated by US court image
....A lower court judge erred in dismissing the antitrust portion of private litigation against Barclays, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, UBS and others on the ground that the investors failed to allege harm to competition, according to the US circuit court of appeals in Manhattan. Libor, or the London interbank offered rate, underpins hundreds of trillions of dollars of transactions and is used to set rates on credit cards, student loans and mortgages. ...
Since when has it been OK for well-heeled people to ask acquaintances for money? | Fay Schopen image
....And this sort of entitled behaviour isn’t rare. There’s Emma McCormick, the student who set up a crowdfunding account after saying she had blown her student loan on partying. ...
Osborne’s fairy godmother can’t make debts vanish forever image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of May 2016 08:00:02 AM
.... He is expected to simply raise the £9,000-a-year fee cap to allow students a higher credit limit. Next stop will be selling the student loan book – again bringing forward funds that will need to be repaid at a later date. ...
Britain 'set for BANKRUPTCY amid £1.85trillion of hidden debt' image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 18th of April 2016 01:06:00 PM
.... It said the actions are both immoral and reckless with crippling liabilities on top of the national debt, two thirds of which is made up of "unsustainable" public sector retirement monies. Furthermore, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills expects to write off 45 per cent of student loans, according to the report. ...
Richer students have higher graduate income, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of April 2016 11:00:39 PM
....It also gives evidence of a gender gap, with men much more likely to take home higher salaries than women, even if they went to the same institution. The study, by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Institute of Education and the universities of Cambridge and Harvard, analysed tax data and student loan records for 260,000 students in England up to a decade after they graduated. ...
Which degree is the most lucrative? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of April 2016 11:00:19 PM
....In addition, higher earners tended to come from wealthier backgrounds, the IFS said. The research was based on the student loan records of 260,000 individuals, whose salaries were tracked over a ten year period up to 2013. ...
Education minister's Hecs gaffe forgivable as long as he doesn't forget rising tide of debt image
....The cumulative impact of the Hecs/Help loans on the budget add to the government’s debt levels. And because currently other aspects of debt are expected to peak and student loans are expected to keep growing, that means Hecs/Help loans start to take on a greater proportion of the government debt level. ...
Student loans firm Erudio leaves graduates fuming over latest error image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 09:51:12 AM
....The private company that took over 250,000 loans from the Student Loan Company has left graduates in turmoil after it wrongly sent letters demanding early repayments. Every year graduates with older-style student loans can defer making repayments if they earn less than £28,828, but Erudio Student Loans failed to send annual deferral forms to thousands of graduates, and then sent letters saying payments would start within weeks. ...
Former Barclays trader alleges bosses knew of Libor fix image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 05:57:43 PM
....Bagguley, Harrison, and Barclays declined to comment; Bommensath did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The London interbank offered rate (Libor) is a benchmark for about $450tn of financial contracts worldwide, from complex derivatives to student loans. ...
Is the fear of a financial education widening the wealth gap in America? image
....Ideally, by the time they graduate high school, young adults should be skeptics about offers that seem too good to be true, like those interest-only mortgages. That’s no guarantee that they’ll land a job and make enough to retire on, or even to pay off their student loans. ...
Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of April 2016 08:52:38 AM
.... “I set aside about £600 a month to cover the rent and bills,” she says. “But I’ve also got student loans, a personal loan and credit card debts built up over the years of meeting living costs to pay for – there just isn’t enough spare cash. ...
George Osborne's budgets taking heavy toll on millennials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 12:31:20 PM
.... As a small concession, the government invested £150m a year in a national scholarship fund. But in another move against low-income students, the last budget revealed that student grants would be scrapped in favour of student loans. ...

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