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July 05, 2011
Loan consolidation is a strategy that can be used to eliminate high interest loans. The process involves taking out a new loan to pay off outstanding debts. Therefore, debtors must have sufficient credit scores to obtain financing.
While loan consolidation may seem like a good idea, it's important to calculate the true costs before submitting a loan application. This is especially crucial when taking out a home equity loan which requires using real estate as collateral.
May 10, 2010
Loan deferment might be a good choice for students facing temporary financial challenges. Most college loan payments can be deferred for a few months when students are enduring economic hardships, unemployment, military deployment or enrolled in school at least half-time.
Students must apply for loan deferment through the loan provider. College loans that qualify for deferred payments include: Parent PLUS, Graduate PLUS, Stafford, federal, and private student loans. Students that have entered into college loan consolidation may also qualify for loan deferment.
February 25, 2010
Taking control of personal finance is the best gift you can give yourself and your family. When credit card spending spirals out of control or outstanding debts rule your life, it is time for serious financial change. Unfortunately, many people do not have a clue where to start. Oftentimes, individuals turn to filing personal bankruptcy in hope of being released from financial bondage.
Regardless of how bad personal finance problems are, there is always a way to fix them. In order to regain control of cash flow, it is imperative to take a hard look at where your money is being spent. This can be accomplished by creating a household budget.
January 26, 2010
Many people believe financial planning is reserved for the wealthy. Others believe creating a financial plan is too difficult or they do not have enough money to save for their future. These false beliefs can prevent people from achieving their financial goals and leave them living paycheck to paycheck and praying no unexpected financial emergency occurs.
The reality is financial planning is more important today than ever before. With a weakened economy and increased cost of living, most people are worried about their financial future. Financial planning can provide a sense of relief and the opportunity to build personal wealth.
October 07, 2009
Debt problems are affecting more Americans today than ever before. The financial crisis of Wall Street left many people with worthless financial portfolios, while the unemployment crisis has drained many saving accounts. Add in wasteful spending habits and you have a recipe for financial disaster.
Many options exist to eliminate debt problems, but it takes patience and commitment to get out of debt. Individuals with mounting debts must take a hard look at spending habits to determine where their money is being spent.
September 26, 2009
Today, many people are looking for debt solutions. They are tired of being stressed out by mounting debt and exorbitant interest rates. Millions of Americans require immediate debt help in order avoid foreclosure or bankruptcy.
Several debt solutions exist including: budgeting, debt consolidation, debt management, debt settlement, credit counseling and bankruptcy. Each option carries its own set of pros and cons. Not all options are available to everyone. Some require debtors to meet specific criteria, while others charge fees for services rendered.
April 22, 2009
Cash flow is the after tax net profit of a business. As the saying goes, cash is king. For a real estate investor, cash flow can make their property investment career a success or a failure.
Negative cash flow means there are more expenses going out than money coming in on investments. If the negative cash flow continues for too long and causes an investor to use all their savings, their business can end in bankruptcy.
December 28, 2008
Millions of consumers need debt help, but most do not know where to turn. From debt consolidation to debt settlement and credit counseling to bankruptcy; there are programs which address nearly any financial dilemma. The problem is determining which is best suited for your needs.
Today, we're going to review debt help programs and what they offer. Since there are numerous options, this article briefly touches upon the most popular. Additional information and resources can be obtained by clicking on the highlighted links.
December 25, 2008
Credit counseling is a good option for people who are considering bankruptcy or those who have trouble managing their money. Credit counseling is also good for people who are just starting out and want to ensure they begin their life journey with a strong financial foothold.
Credit counseling is available in nearly every metropolitan city across the United States. Most agencies charge a fee for their services. However, there are non-profit credit counseling agencies that provide no- or low-cost services to those who qualify.
December 07, 2008
Debt settlement provides a bankruptcy alternative to individuals able to pay a portion of their outstanding debts. Debt settlement companies negotiate with creditors to reduce the amount of outstanding balances. In some cases, debts can be reduced by as much as 60-percent.
Using debt settlement can adversely affect the debtor's credit rating. However, it is not as detrimental as filing bankruptcy. Both personal and business bankruptcy remains on your credit report for ten years, while the effects of debt settlement are temporary.