Category: Debt

How to repair credit and improve credit score

It’s important to note when planning to repair credit is a bit like losing weight: It takes time and there is no quick way to fix a credit score. In fact, out of all of the ways to improve a credit score, quick-fix efforts are the most likely to backfire, so beware of any advice that claims to improve your credit score fast. The best advice for rebuilding credit is to manage it responsibly over time. If you haven’t done that, then you need to repair your credit history before you see credit score improvement. The tips below will help you do that. They are divided up into categories based on the data used to calculate your credit score.

 

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Debt moves the world

AFTER the IMF lowered its global growth forecast for this year and next, it is worth reflecting that, despite all the efforts of the central banks, this is a very wimpy recovery. There are a number of potential candidates for the problem; poor fiscal policy (in the form of austerity), the effect of demography, or Robert Gordon’s ideas about the lingering impact of innovation. But the debt burden taken on by developed economies in the run up to 2007 and 2008 is surely the most significant factor.

 

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Controlling your personal debt

Learn how to control your personal debt and accomplish your financial goals,by making your personal debt work for you.

1. Americans are loaded with credit-card debt.

2. Some debt is good.

3. Some debt is bad.

4. Get a handle on your spending.

5. Pay off your highest-rate debts first.

6. Don’t fall into the minimum trap.

7. Watch where you borrow…

 

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12 Yr Old Girl Explains What Most Economists Can’t About Money And Debt

The youtube video of 12 year old  Victoria Grant speaking at the Public Banking in America conference last month has gone viral, topping a million views on various websites.

Monetary reform—the contention that governments, not banks, should create and lend a nation’s money—has rarely even made the news, so this is a first.  Either the times they are a-changin’, or Victoria managed to frame the message in a way that was so simple and clear that even a child could understand it.

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What Debt Collectors Can’t Do to Recover Your Debts

Knowing what debt collectors cannot do to collect a debt from you may help you deal with and protect you from their approaches to debt collection.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is the federal law that governs debt collection for personal, household, and family debts like your mortgage and car loan, other personal loans, your credit card debts, past-due utility bills, past-due student loans, medical and insurance debts, condo fees, unpaid legal judgments against you, and bounced checks. The FDCPA applies to outside debt collectors, but not to a creditor’s own in-house debt collectors (meaning debt collectors who are employees of a creditor).

 

 

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The Truth About Debt Consolidation

Myth: Debt consolidation saves interest, and you have one smaller payment.
Truth: Debt consolidation is dangerous because you treat only the symptom.

Debt consolidation is nothing more than a “con” because you think you’ve done something about the debt problem. The debt is still there, as are the habits that caused it – you just moved it! You can’t borrow your way out of debt. You can’t get out of a hole by digging out the bottom. True debt help is not quick or easy.

Larry Burkett, noted financial author, says debt is not the problem; it is the symptom. I feel debt is the symptom of overspending and undersaving. Our financial coaches will not recommend debt consolidation for a client. Why? Because debt consolidation doesn’t work.

 

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5 reasons you’re in debt up to your eyeballs

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We’ve all seen the LendingTree commercials where the guy says:

“I’m in debt up to my eyeballs. I can barely pay my finance charges. Somebody help me!”

If that sounds like you, read on. Here are a few reasons why you’re swimming in debt and what you can do about it.

No spending plan. Without a plan or financial goals, you’re headed down the road to digging yourself deeper into debt. A spending plan establishes goals and principles. If your goal is to save $20,000 for an emergency fund, then you need to avoid more debt along the way.

 

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10 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity from Identity Theft

Identity theft, which hits more than 12 million Americans per year — carries a per victim cost of nearly $5,000, according to some reports. So, the need to protect yourself is obvious.

And protection doesn’t have to be costly in terms of money or time.

 

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When Should You Consider Bankruptcy?

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If you’re like most people, when you borrow money, you have every intention of paying it back. But then something happens; perhaps you lose your job or your hours get cut, your small business slows down, you get sick or you have to stay home to care for your children or an elderly parent. Whatever the reason, you find yourself unable to keep up with your payments.

When you find yourself struggling with debt, you’re no doubt searching for solutions. But the one you avoid — bankruptcy — may be the one you need the most. Here are four signs you should consider bankruptcy.

 

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Peer-to-peer loans catch on for credit card debt consolidation

More consumers than ever are seeking quick cash from peer-to-peer (P2P) lending sites, the online clearinghouses where people are matched with investors and receive money for debt consolidation, start businesses or fund home improvements.

The two major P2P sites — Prosper and Lending Club — are poised to have their biggest year ever. In the first four months of 2013, Lending Club made more than $480 million in loans to more than 31,000 people — roughly triple its numbers from the same period in 2012. Prosper made more than $50 million in loans in the same period, up about 20 percent compared with last year.

 

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