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Consolidating credit card debt or eliminating credit card debt isn’t an easy thing to do, especially these days when money is tight for everyone. Combined household wealth has gone down by trillions of dollars, the value of your investments have gone down, the value of your home as gone down and the unemployment rate is nearing 10 percent. Trying to [...]
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I’m really happy to see my friend Elizabeth Warren out in front of new ideas to protect consumers from banks and lenders. Maybe the time has come that consumers will be entitled to some representation in government when it comes to banking products and the banking system. Ms. Warren, for years a scourge of Wall Street, has emerged as an influential force in the administration’s overhaul of financial regulations. The White House said the agency she helped inspire would strengthen consumer prot
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In an article titled " Credit Score Shell Game ", Nancy Trejos writes in Sunday's Washington Post about consumer frustrations with credit scores - how their credit scores are falling as a result of arbitrary credit line reductions or account closures by issuers. And, to add frustration, Trejos finds that "people who try to take matters in hand and pay to find out their credit scores discover that it can be difficult to learn the score that lenders actually use to evaluate them."
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Father’s Day is upon us again so we wanted to wish all the dads out their a Happy Father’s Day. We realize this post doesn’t have to do anything personal finance or bank rates but we just wanted to acknowledge dads on this day and the things dads do, which in many households include managing the family [...]
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In recent years, credit card companies have seen the small business sector as one of the fastest growing credit users and the most profitable as well. It was American Express who first released a credit card specifically made for small businesses, about twenty years ago. In the past decade, other credit card companies began to move in on the small business sector as a fast growing source of new credit accounts, moving away from the already saturated consumers sector.Because of the profitability
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George wrote to me through the GetOutOfDebt.org site and asked the following question. If you have a credit or debt question you’d like to ask just use the online form . I’m happy to help you totally for free. Income from the GetOutOfDebt.org site advertising is used to help alleviate poverty . If you would like to help me to help others, there are easy and free things you can do, click here to learn how you can help . “Dear Steve, Hi Steve, A close relative of mine owes over $30
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Debt is one of the biggest problems facing American consumers these days. The spending habits of Americans have been less than stellar in the past few years. The majority of American consumers also carry revolving credit card debt due to high credit card spending. With the economic and employment crisis, American consumers got into debt more and more.If you are one of those who have been affected by the widespread debt problem, you might find these practical guides to getting yourself out of deb
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As more and more American consumers see the risks of using credit cards for their purchases, debit cards are fast becoming the plastic of choice in the U.S. As a matter of fact, the switch from credit cards to debit cards has been a growing trend among consumers for a few years now.In most cases, debit cards have many similarities to credit cards. They are essentially similar in form. They are supported by Mastercard and Visa. They also offer the same convenience of paying with plastic instead o
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Lizzy wrote to me through the GetOutOfDebt.org site and asked the following question. If you have a credit or debt question you’d like to ask just use the online form . I’m happy to help you totally for free. Income from the GetOutOfDebt.org site advertising is used to help alleviate poverty . If you would like to help me to help others, there are easy and free things you can do, click here to learn how you can help . “Dear Steve, My husband and I are considering filing for bank
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If you are about to apply for a new loan then you would have been reading about the importance of a fantastic credit score. But what exactly is a credit score and how could you improve it? A credit score is simply a way of lenders sharing information about you. They do this to protect their interests - that you will replay the loan. If a lender gives you money tomorrow and then in a few months’ time another lender gives you more lending, which then puts you into a situation that prevents you p
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