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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

The Most Common Complaints Against Debt Collectors

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its 2019 Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report which discusses trends in consumer debt collection complaints. The FDCPA is the federal law that dictates what third-party debt collectors are allowed to do when they’re collecting a debt. The CFPB receives complaints from consumers about financial services businesses, including collection agencies. After receiving a complaint, the bureau opens an investigation and attempts to work out a resolution between...
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Four Red Flags of Too Much Debt

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Consumer debt has been rising steadily as the economy recovered from the 2008 recession and overall consumer debt reached a record $13.5 trillion in the 4th quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's report on U.S. household debt and credit. Rising levels of debt may not be good for the economy and especially on consumer wallets. Here are some ways you can tell if you're adding too much debt each month....
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This is scary as it indicates consumer spending may be out of control. As the author laid out there are limits on out finances and... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 06:55
Frank
Completely agree Wanderer. I think we are living in very scary times!
Monday, 18 March 2019 16:18
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3 Options for Consolidating Your Credit Card Debt

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Trying to pay off multiple credit cards can be complicated. You have to break up your extra money between all your balances, which means you’re not making as much progress as you would if you could just pay one debt. Consolidating your credit card debt makes it much easier to pay since you can make a single payment. The hard part can be figuring out the best way to consolidate. Here are a few options...
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I think consolidating it with a home equity line is usually the best plan as its usually the lowest interest rate. You can also pa... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:36
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What’s the Problem with a Low Credit Score?

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A low credit score (also known as a bad credit score) isn’t the end of the world. Even if you have a low score, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t live the life you want in regards to your finances. However, as time goes by, you’ll come to realize that a low score is impacting you in a variety of ways. Here are five issues that could come to light: •    Loan denial: Lenders look...
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Thanks for the info Chris. A low credit score really only hurts you. If you have a low credit score now, make a goal this year to ... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:34
Wanderer
One method to help improve credit scores is to keep your credit utilization under 30% and some schools of thought even take it to ... Read More
Monday, 11 March 2019 07:39
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Good Reasons to Review Your Credit Report

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Some people know they have a good credit score, so they don’t see the reason in reviewing their credit report once a year. Conversely, some consumers know they have an average or poor score, which leads them to shy away from their credit report because they’re afraid of what they’ll find. Regardless of which group you fit into - or if you lie somewhere in between – you should get into the habit of reviewing...
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Realistic suggestions for all of us. In the world of scamming and ID theft, we cannot take much for granted!
Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:45
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What To Do If You're Upside Down in a Car Loan

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  In the ideal car buying scenario, the value of your car would always exceed your outstanding loan balance. However, sometimes the opposite can happen and you owe more on your car than your car is actually worth - a situation that's referred to as being upside down on your loan. For example, if your outstanding loan balance is $17,000 and your car is valued at $12,000, then you’re upside down. If you wanted to...
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Has anyone been in this situation before? Given how fast cars depreciate, I would expect this to happen a lot.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:25
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When Your Credit Report is Missing Information

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When you’re checking your credit report , one of the things to watch for is that all your information is complete and accurate. But, if you notice an account missing from your credit report, you could be concerned, especially if it’s an account with a positive payment. These are a few explanations for why an account could be missing from your credit report and what you can do about it. The account is new and...
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I always recommend to call the credit agency and try to get a better understanding of why there may be information missing. They c... Read More
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:49
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What a New Application Means for Your Credit Score

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  Any time you make an application that requires a credit check , an inquiry is added to your credit report. These inquiries are factored into your credit score for the next 12 months, which means each application has the potential to hurt your credit score for up to a year. Inquiries vs. Other Credit Score Factors Inquiries only make up a small percentage of your credit score - 10 percent to be exact, so...
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Every time I get approved for a new credit card or loan, I would say my credit score declines 40-50 points. It usually takes me 6-... Read More
Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:39
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Using the Debt Avalanche Strategy to Pay Off Debt

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Getting out of debt is nowhere as easy as it is getting into debt. Many people start out their debt journey by putting a little bit of extra toward all their debts. Even though you may be spending putting a lot of money toward your overall balance, you may not see much progress. That’s discouraging. Having the right debt payoff strategy is essential if you want to be effective in paying off your debt, even if...
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Great information here! I would add to seek advice and help when you are under this situation. Professional advice and advice from... Read More
Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:38
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The New UltraFICO Will Give Millions of Consumers a Score Boost

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Since it was created, the FICO score has been based only on consumer credit history. The score uses past credit information that's compiled by major credit bureaus to calculate a credit score that predicts a consumer’s likelihood of defaulting on a new credit or loan obligation. Next January, FICO plans to release the UltraFICO score, a score that could make it easier for millions of borrowers to qualify for loans they wouldn’t otherwise be able to...
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Great write up! Appreciate knowing what is coming and how it will work. Likely this new credit tool will benefit people that have ... Read More
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 04:30
Finance Globe
Indeed, this will likely provide many responsible and financially independent people a more accurate credit score. Excellent news,... Read More
Friday, 26 October 2018 22:18
Frank
Very very good news! I had heard this was coming down the pipeline. Thank you for summarizing Latoya!
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:50
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