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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

Cancelled Student Loan Debt Creates Tax Nightmare

Students

Cancelled Student Loan Debt Creates Tax Nightmare

Cancelled Student Loan Debt Creates Tax Nightmare

When Kim Thompson’s $91,000 student loan balance was cancelled due to total disability, she thought she had put at least one of her problems behind her. Instead, she traded it for another: a massive debt to the IRS. Two years ago, Thompson, who lives in New Jersey, was diagnosed with a tumor that eventually led… Read More

3 Big Credit Card Data Breach Secrets

Identity Theft

3 Big Credit Card Data Breach Secrets

3 Big Credit Card Data Breach Secrets

Card numbers for as many as 1.5 million MasterCard and Visa cards were compromised in a recent data breach of payment processor Global Payments Inc. As a result, issuers are canceling cards and reissuing new ones for customers, while MasterCard and Visa are doing their best to reassure cardholders that they won’t be held responsible… Read More

HARP 2: Will It Really Help…Or Is It More Hype?

Mortgages

HARP 2: Will It Really Help…Or Is It More Hype?

HARP 2: Will It Really Help…Or Is It More Hype?

The mortgage industry is buzzing about HARP 2, the revamped federal Home Affordable Refinance Program. Some are predicting it will trigger the biggest refi boom of the decade. But will it really help homeowners whose loans are deeply underwater refinance into low-rate loans? Or is this more hype about a program that will help far fewer… Read More

8 Things Debt Collectors Won’t Tell You

Managing Debt

8 Things Debt Collectors Won’t Tell You

8 Things Debt Collectors Won’t Tell You

It should come as no surprise that if you’ve fallen behind on your bills, you may be hearing from debt collectors. If they do call, you will almost certainly hear that you need to pay them and that you need to do so immediately. But there are a number of things that they aren’t likely to tell you,… Read More

When to Say No To a Mortgage Modification

Mortgages

When to Say No To a Mortgage Modification

When to Say No To a Mortgage Modification

You read the headline right. As shocking as it may sound, sometimes it may in fact make sense to say no to a mortgage modification, even when your house in underwater. As you may have heard, some of the nation’s biggest lenders will be offering loan modifications to their customers, and some of those deals… Read More

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