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Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

Soon, Where You Shop Will Control Your Credit

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Information is already leaking out about the efforts of American Express to closely watch the places their card members shop at as an indication of credit problems. With mounting losses by credit card companies and an avalanche of new bad credit card debt to come, creditors are looking for ways to identify potential high risk customers in order to reduce ... Read More »

    A Pledge And Promise I Work Hard Every Day to Keep: To Be Here For You When You Need Me

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    Since my financial failure and bankruptcy I have never taken for granted the difficult and painful process of living through and surviving money troubles. I’ve walked in your shoes. I know what it feels like. I’ve felt the pain and shed the tears. I’ve been afraid and I’ve been depressed. And even though a lot of time has passed since ... Read More »

      Europe puts tight controls on £4bn bank offer

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      Europe puts tight controls on £4bn bank offer Times Online, UK - 37 minutes ago At the same time the Prime Minister pledged to take action against companies that force people out of their homes for trivial amounts of credit card debt . ... Read More »

        Consumers Feel the Next Crisis: It’s Credit Cards

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        Indeed it is. If you're not in top shape for the credit card shakeout that's already taking place, there isn't much you'll be able to do about it. It's probably already too late. After years of flooding the market with credit cards (and generous limits), banks are finally starting to take it back. Eric Dash, a New York Times reporter, does an excellent job of distilling the situation. From Read More »

          The Perfect Debt Assistance Program

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          I can dream, can’t I? If I could get a wish for debtors it would be to wave a wand and implement this perfect debt assistance or debt relief program. Here is what the program would look like. A Sliding Scale Nominal Charge – Consumers would have to pay a sliding scale setup fee. It is too expensive to start ... Read More »

            Bad Economy Leads To Opportunity

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            It’s nice to see our friends in Scotland able to put a smile and optimism on an otherwise depressing economic time. Here is an article from Edinburgh. Nobody said it would be easy. As the threat of a deep and lengthy recession looms over the country like a soggy, grey cloud, we could all be forgiven for feeling a bit ... Read More »

              Tina Says “My CPA is Under Investigation For Fraud”

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              “Dear Steve, I am currently unemployed. I have approximately $20k in credit card debt. I have been contacted by the IRS that my CPA is under investigation for fraud and I have to refile my taxes from 2002-present. So far, I owe $4k for 2007 to the IRS but have not refiled the previous years. I have completely stopped paying ... Read More »

                Value City. Gone.

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                Our business strategy is quite simple. We fill our stores with a wide assortment of designer, department, discount and specialty store deals at prices substantially lower than competing department and discount stores. We use our buying expertise to drive down prices and then pass the savings on to you, the customer. You never know what you’ll find at Value City! ... Read More »

                  Credit cards face bad debt

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                  Credit cards face bad debt SunJournal.com, ME - 1 hour ago Asked in a recent TV interview if credit card debt would be "the next shoe to drop" for the banking industry, Lewis replied: "It, in some ways, already is," ... Read More »

                    Is Consolidating Debt the Way to Go? – American Chronicle

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                    Is Consolidating Debt the Way to Go? American Chronicle, CA - 21 minutes ago ... the debtor to discharge their debts by filing for payday loans in recent years, offering some contrast to the get-out-of-debt ads we´re bombarded with. ... Read More »

                      Debt Counselors of America – What I Learned

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                      In 1994 I decided I would start a non-profit charity to help find good solutions for bad debt problems, all I really knew was that I wanted to help people. Almost every organization at the time was named something with credit counseling in it. I figured that I did not want to counsel people about credit, but about debt, so ... Read More »

                        As Economy Slows, Lenders Begin to Curb Credit Cards

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                        As Economy Slows, Lenders Begin to Curb Credit Cards New York Times, United States - 2 hours ago Currently, the total losses amount to 5.5 percent of credit card debt outstanding, and could surpass the 7.9 percent that occurred after the technology ... Read More »

                          Life Without Debt Extreme Get Out Of Debt Secrets

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                          Home Contact Brent Riggs You are about to learn simple yet extremely effective methods to wipe out your debt with AMAZING speed You can live life with zero debt faster than you ever dreamed It doesn rsquo t matter how much or little ... Read More »

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                            Writing this article is a bit of a double-edged sword. You see while I think that open communication is always the best way to deal with a debt situation, sometimes people just need to find a way to escape from the pressure just to recover their sanity. If you are having a difficult problem handling collection calls or dealing with ... Read More »

                              Woman Chains Self to Home to Prevent Foreclosure

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                              I’m not quite sure how effective this particular approach is but one foreclosure specialist, facing financial problems of her own, has chained herself to the front porch while awaiting eviction. The woman chained to the porch is June Reyno. June Reyno, her husband and their five dogs have lived in their Mira Mesa home for nearly 20 years. Now, they ... Read More »

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