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Credit card debt is a major problem in the U.S. It seems like everywhere you turn, you’re hit with a new offer from a creditor. Open this line of credit and get a low interest rate for six months, then bam — suddenly you’ve collected more credit cards than you can keep up with. While credit is important — both building and maintaining it — it may not tell your whole financial picture. If you’ve recently lost your job or expect to undergo surgery in the coming months, your credit may take a hit when you’re not able to pay your bills on time. You may have trouble then getting a mortgage or other new lines of credit. Collectors may be after you. The good news is, both credit card debt and medical debts can be discharged in bankruptcy, and collectors stop calling. Learn more from National Bankruptcy Forum about credit and how it is affected by bankruptcy — both the good and bad.

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Posted On: December 12, 2017

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Financial Planning for Beginners: What You Need to Know

Earlier this year, household debt balances in America rose to $12.73 trillion, the highest in our history. In fact, 73% of us die in debt. With this much debt, it’s hard for many people to reach long-term goals such as retirement savings, or shorter-term goals such as paying for a wedding. Many of us just wing…

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Posted On: November 17, 2017

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Planning for Retirement: What Women Should Consider

Sometimes as a woman gets older, she may find that her life has taken a different course than she had planned and she is unprepared for retirement. Only one-third of women think they are well prepared for retirement — and often they are not as well prepared as men. Let’s examine some of the reasons…

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Posted On: April 21, 2017

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Debt Collectors in the US You Need to Know

The debt collection industry is big — estimated to be a $12 billion industry in fact, and growing. There are literally thousands of debt collectors in the form of collection companies, law firms, and yes, even debt buyers. How does it all work? The origin of debt collectors had humble beginnings. They were often in-house departments of…

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Posted On: March 31, 2017

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Household Debt Near Great Recession Level: What Does it Mean?

Although bankruptcy filings have been trending downward for years, household debt is expected to hit a new record in 2017. It may seem like a big number, but fewer than 800,000 people filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. last year. Just six years ago, that amount was double. Will household debt start to catch up…

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Posted On: January 14, 2015

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How bankruptcy and debt solutions impact your credit score

When you’re in debt and trying to decide what action to take, you may be concerned about how to protect your credit score. That’s often one of the last barriers to deciding to file for bankruptcy – so how much does bankruptcy affect your score? The answer may surprise you. Bankruptcy certainly does have an…

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Posted On: October 20, 2014

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Make Paying Credit Card Debt a Low Priority in Rough Financial Times

Should I Pay My Credit Card Bills? The economic downturn caused people from all walks of life to turn to their credit cards as a life raft, hoping they could keep bills current with the plastic until a new job came around. Thankfully, sometimes that new job does pop up and the credit card bills…

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