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Sears, Home Depot May Lose 8% of Holiday Sales on Credit Limits

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Sears, Home Depot May Lose 8% of Holiday Sales on Credit Limits Bloomberg - 5 minutes ago Outstanding credit-card debt has risen 75 percent since 1999, while real wages have grown 4 percent in the same period, according to a report last month by ... Read More »

    New Concerns About 40% Credit Card Debt Reduction Proposal

    Last week I wrote an article Banks Agree to Wipe Out Up to 40 Percent of Credit Card Debt But Watch Out but more information has come to light since then. While consumer advocates are happy about the possibility of getting banks to write off as much as 40% of the debt in order to help consumers avoid bankruptcy, this ... Read More »

      Next big worry: Credit cards

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      Next big worry: Credit cards The News Journal, DE - 1 hour ago In past years, consumers looking to get out from under credit card debt tapped into home equity, refinancing mortgages to get their hands on cash to pay off ... Read More »

        Here’s some real financial advice you can really use: keep spending

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        Here's some financial advice you can really use: keep spending Ottawa Citizen,  Canada - 22 minutes ago Don't pile up credit card debt , they say. Live within your means. Take any job to bring in some money, even if it means bagging groceries. ... Read More »

          Debt is Number-One Problem for People in Wales

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          Debt is number-one problem for people in Wales WalesOnline, United Kingdom - 43 minutes ago And while credit card debt enquiries across England and Wales as a whole have dropped by 4% in the past year, within Wales alone the CAB has seen requests ... Read More »

            Therapist: Financial Infidelity Can End Couples

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            Therapist: Financial Infidelity Can End Couples Fox5 KVVU, NV - 41 minutes ago It can be anything from keeping credit card debt a secret to hiding money from a spouse. "I'd say finances and financial stress is one of the number one ... Read More »

              Is Debt Consolidation a Viable Debt Solution For Unsecured Debt?

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              It seems like every day the question of debt consolidation comes up and I think it is starting to drive me a little crazy. Some where in the human DNA is a gene that makes people think that when you have problems paying your bills that debt consolidation is the natural debt solution. If I had my choice I’d rather ... Read More »

                Groups seek credit card debt forgiveness

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                Groups seek credit card debt forgiveness BusinessWeek - 34 minutes ago issue around 80 percent of all US credit cards. Americans now are weighed down by around $900 billion in credit card debt , according to Federal Reserve figures. Read More »

                  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 »

                    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 »

                      Credit Card Horror Stories: Tales of Credit Limit Reductions and Account Closures

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                      Bankrate.com did a story on Friday (sorry for not getting to this earlier) highlighting some of the same stuff that I've been pointing out here for weeks. More and more customers are experiencing credit-limit reductions and account closures. Over the course of the past few weeks, Bankrate.com readers have been chiming in with their own credit-card tales. Many of their stories will seem familiar. Read More »

                        Medical Debt Sending Many Over Financial Brink

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                        Since 1999, Keith and Deborah Krinsky of Magalia, Calif., have seen their health insurance deductible soar from $1,000 to $10,000. A combination of Keith’s chronic asthma and potential heart problems, Deborah’s connective tissue disorder and fallen arches, and their kids’ various scrapes and stumbles led them to amass a pile of credit card debt and forced them to refinance the ... Read More »

                          Meltdown risks mental health disaster

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                          Fears over job security, paying the bills or even just whether your house is going to be foreclosed are fuelling an epidemic of stress, anxiety and sleepless nights among workers on both sides of the Atlantic – and it is managers who are having to pick up the pieces. Increased stress, anxiety and tension inside as well as outside the ... Read More »

                            Outrage Over Credit Cards with 222% APR

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                            Outrage Over Credit Cards with 222% APR QCK, UK - 1 hour ago The money must then be repaid at a rate that is more than 10 times the average APR of a credit card. Debt groups and politicians have expressed anger at the ... Read More »

                              Hardships Past Haunt Europe’s Search for Financial Safety

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                              Hardships Past Haunt Europe’s Search for Financial Safety New York Times, United States - 6 minutes ago Even when it comes to the British, who look more like Americans in terms of credit card debt and mortgage exposure, only about 20 percent of them have ... Read More »

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