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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.
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.
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.
September 23, 2009
Today, millions of people are seeking credit card debt relief. In previous years, consumers who possessed good credit scores could obtain credit cards from major credit card companies, gasoline companies, airlines and department stores. Creditors with poor credit ratings could obtain credit cards from subprime lenders who charged outlandish interest rates and drove debtors into a financial grave.
Today, numerous companies offer credit card debt relief. Many offer the promise of helping debtors obtain reduced interest rates and the opportunity to slash outstanding balances. Some claim they can help consumers get out of debt in a matter of months. Depending on credit card balances, it can take consumers a decade or longer to repay outstanding debt. The promise of becoming debt-free in months is enticing, but is it realistic?
May 28, 2009
In order to file bankruptcy debtors must follow established protocol set forth in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In 2005, Congress enacted new bankruptcy laws, making it much more difficult to file. Few people can undergo the process alone and will require the services of an attorney.
When people file bankruptcy they must undergo the 'means' test; a financial tool that determines how much debt must be repaid. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act require debtors must repay a portion of debts unless they earn less than their states' median income level.
February 17, 2009
The word 'bankrupt' refers to a person or business that is financially ruined. Both people and companies can rebound from being bankrupt, but their chances for success are limited if they don't take time to investigate what caused them to become bankrupt in the first place.
Today, there is an abundance of bankrupt people and businesses. From automakers and lending institutions, to the corner grocer and your neighbors. Everywhere you turn there is news of gloom and doom, a failing economy, and unemployed people
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 17, 2008
Debt relief is the buzzword of the day. From Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to banks and automakers, everyone is searching for their own personal bail-out. And, while it is now official that America is in a recession, most people have been feeling the financial pinch for quite some time.
Obtaining debt relief is no easy feat; however it can be accomplished. The problem is most people want instant financial gratification. Unless you hit the lottery jackpot, chances are this isn't going to happen. It took time to build your mountain of debt and it is going to take time to chisel it away.