A Debt Collector Contacted You — Now What?

Managing Debt

A Debt Collector Contacted You — Now What?

A Debt Collector Contacted You — Now What?

Every day, hundreds of thousands of consumers are contacted by debt collectors regarding delinquent debts. As a debt collector myself, I can tell you that getting a debt collection call is not on anyone’s list of favorite things and never will be. In fact, it probably ranks dead last. Unfortunately, avoiding a debt collector isn’t… Read More

Can I Get a Credit Card If I Don’t Have a Job?

Personal Finance

Can I Get a Credit Card If I Don’t Have a Job?

Can I Get a Credit Card If I Don’t Have a Job?

While the overall job market has improved over the past few years since the Great Recession, not everyone has been able to return to the workforce. At the same time, others are without employment because they are in school, transitioning to a new career, are stay-at-home parents, or have simply retired. In these situations, is it still… Read More

How to Challenge a Debt Collector & Win

Managing Debt

How to Challenge a Debt Collector & Win

How to Challenge a Debt Collector & Win

A reader, Anthony, wrote to me to share the success he had in dealing with the debt collection issues he faced earlier this year. He started off with the goal of settling an old unpaid credit card, and ended up winning in court and getting his costs covered. He wrote: “Hi Michael, I contacted you… Read More

8 Secrets to Getting College Scholarships

Students

8 Secrets to Getting College Scholarships

8 Secrets to Getting College Scholarships

With the cost of college steadily increasing, paying for school can be seriously daunting to prospective students. Student loans may seem like the only option, but there are ways to get money for school that don’t have to be paid back … ever. Check out the following tips to help secure scholarships that can help pay… Read More

Will the New Consumer Privacy Bill Protect You?

Identity Theft

Will the New Consumer Privacy Bill Protect You?

Will the New Consumer Privacy Bill Protect You?

Legislation that would establish new nationwide privacy protections for American consumers was introduced by a group of high-profile Democratic senators on Thursday, including Pat Leahy (Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts). The Consumer Privacy Protection Act would establish federal standards for notification of consumers when their data is lost or stolen, greatly expand the definition of… Read More

Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

Personal Finance

Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

It’s no secret Americans aren’t great at saving for retirement. Actually, the research on that is pretty startling, but it seems people who are saving might be getting better at it. Retirement account balances have hit record highs and contributions have increased, according to an analysis from Fidelity Investments, one of the largest mutual fund… Read More

After the SendGrid Hack, Beware of Phishing Scams

Identity Theft

After the SendGrid Hack, Beware of Phishing Scams

After the SendGrid Hack, Beware of Phishing Scams

Email has become a critical tool for transactions — from the sending of Uber receipts to delivery of hotel coupons. Naturally, companies that send mission-critical consumer emails often turn to third-party firms like SendGrid to manage the delivery of millions of messages. Of course, as third parties that maintain trusted relationships with both consumers and corporations,… Read More

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