Consumers Still Chipping Away at Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

Consumers Still Chipping Away at Credit Card Debt

Consumers Still Chipping Away at Credit Card Debt

Since the end of the recent recession, consumers have generally been far more cautious in their approach to taking on credit card debt, and that trend continued once again in July. The overall amount of credit carried by consumers across both credit cards and non-mortgage installment loans slipped 1.5 percent on an annual basis in… Read More

iPhone 5: How to Keep It Secure

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iPhone 5: How to Keep It Secure

iPhone 5: How to Keep It Secure

With Apple’s anticipated announcement Wednesday that it is rolling out the fifth edition of its wildly popular iPhone, we can expect to see more lines of avid Appleheads queuing up outside Apple stores around the country, waiting to become the first ones to get their hands on the shiny new devices. But could there also… Read More

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

Personal Finance

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

It just may become the latest outrage during a year of outrages. At the precise moment when the federal government finally delivers a modicum of justice and some economic relief to millions of homeowners victimized by the nation’s largest banks, the government threatens to beat those victims over the head with a punitive old favorite… Read More

World Trade Center Cancer Victims Finally Get Help

Personal Finance

World Trade Center Cancer Victims Finally Get Help

World Trade Center Cancer Victims Finally Get Help

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote about how the federal government was turning its back on Ground Zero survivors and first responders who may have developed cancer due to their exposure to toxic fumes in the aftermath of the Twin Tower’s collapse. Finally, that’s changing. World Trade Center Program Administrator John Howard, M.D. has… Read More

Beware the Dangers of Prepaid Cards

Credit Cards

Beware the Dangers of Prepaid Cards

Beware the Dangers of Prepaid Cards

These days, many Americans rely on prepaid debit cards to help them deal with some or all aspects of their financial lives, but experts have routinely questioned whether such accounts are as beneficial as they seem. Prepaid cards are often marketed as an alternative to banking, which has seen fees increase considerably in recent years… Read More

How to Deal With Summer Travel Debt

Managing Debt

How to Deal With Summer Travel Debt

How to Deal With Summer Travel Debt

Now that the summer travel season is coming to an end, you may be left with more than the usual collection of sunburn, bug bites and embarrassing photos. You may also be stuck with a big pile of debt. Maybe you decided to splurge on a nice resort. Maybe the plane tickets were especially expensive… Read More

The 5 Behaviors That Helped Me Get Out of Debt

Managing Debt

The 5 Behaviors That Helped Me Get Out of Debt

The 5 Behaviors That Helped Me Get Out of Debt

Last year I had several thousand dollars in credit card debt and wasn’t sure how I could pay it off. One year later, I’m finally debt free and have learned how to take better care of my finances. One of the things that comforted me when I was facing my mountain of debt was the… Read More

Debt Collectors Chasing Defaulted Student Loans

Managing Debt

Debt Collectors Chasing Defaulted Student Loans

Debt Collectors Chasing Defaulted Student Loans

Millions of consumers across the country have outstanding student loan debts in their name and therefore owe as much as tens of thousands of dollars on them. Now, many of those loans that have fallen into default are being chased by debt collection agencies. Debt collectors are now more doggedly pursuing defaulted student loans, and… Read More

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