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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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5 credit cards to get with low credit

Article at a Glance When you have bad credit, it can be tough to get a credit card. But having a credit card helps improve your credit score — when used smartly. Some of the best credit card offers for people with low or no credit are secured credit cards, which involves the user making…

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5 Personal Finance Moves to Make Before You’re 30

Life after college can be an overwhelming and emotional process. We get our first “real” jobs after spending a few years racking up student loan debt, and then it’s on to possibly looking into buying a home and starting a family. By the time we’re nearing our mid- to late-20s, we wonder: Where has all…

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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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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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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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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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