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Author Archives: Steve Rhode

I’m Willing to Radically Change My Finances to Payoff My Student Loans

Drowning swimmer

“Dear Steve, Where to start? I’m a 28 year old married male and am a manager for a private equity portfolio company. My financial stats are as follows: Gross Household Income: $180,000 Private student loan debt (Husband only): $155,000 Public student loan debt (combined): $52,000 Mortgage Debt: $240,000 We currently own our house which is all in (including utilities) approximately ... Read More »

    Payday Lenders Might Face Federal Rules to Protect Borrowers

    Abstract Image of Business People Walking on the Street

    The New York Times is reporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may take action this year to rein in the abuses in the payday loan industry. Research by the CFPB has shown more than 80 percent of payday loans are rolled over or followed by another loan within 14 days; half of all payday loans are in a sequence ... Read More »

      I Don’t Want to Pay My Parent PLUS Loan Anymore

      Winter Latice and Pergola

      “Dear Steve, I helped my daughter with a parent plus loan for her last semester which was $6000.00 and I have been paying on it for quite some time. Then she went back her second year and she filled out a 2nd parent plus loan so her payments was 50.00 per month she quit paying now for the past 4 ... Read More »

        U.S. Canadian Telemarketing Scheme That Hurt Seniors – Shuttered & Settled

        Senior couple at home focusing on angry man

        Two defendants who participated in an alleged multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors and withdrew money from their accounts without authorization have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The settlement orders bar them from using remotely created checks drawn on consumers’ bank accounts, require them to obtain consumers’ consent before debiting their accounts, and prohibit them from ... Read More »

          FTC Warns Marketers About Their Shitty Bags

          Big Scam Dog

          Staff of the Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 20 manufacturers and marketers of dog waste bags that their “biodegradable,” “compostable,” and other environmental claims may be deceptive. The letters, which the staff sent after examining the companies’ environmental, or “green,” claims on their websites and in other media, provide examples of potentially deceptive statements regarding the bags’ biodegradability ... Read More »

            CFPB & Dept of Ed Forgive $480 Million in Student Loans

            Clapping Business People

            Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Education announced more than $480 million in forgiveness for borrowers who took out Corinthian College’s high-cost private student loans. ECMC Group, the new owner of a number of Corinthian schools, will not operate a private student loan program for seven years and agreed to a series of new ... Read More »

              Croatia Just Did a Mass Bankruptcy for Its Poorest Citizens

              Happy Croatians

              I have to give a big hat tip to Croatia for trying a new approach to help its poorest citizens find a way out from under unmanageable debt. The program, called “Fresh Start,” eliminates the debts of about 60,000 Croatians who have less than 35,000 kuna ($5,100), and monthly income less than 1,250 kuna ($138). According to the Washington Post, ... Read More »

                I Paid Off an Old Debt But Can’t Get a Mortgage

                break free from prison pressure or quit job running away towards

                “Dear Steve, I made a move to another state for a new job in early 2007. By the end of summer in 2008 I was laid off from my job. I received unemployment pay but I was out of work for more than a year and a half. At the time I was laid off I had some credit card ... Read More »

                  My Nephew Stole My Identity

                  ID Theft or Stolen Identity

                  “Dear Steve, I am 56 years old and i had perfect credit in 2008 and then a nephew moved in with me. I thought the kid was working when in reality he was stealing and opening credit cards in my name. I was working 70 hr workweeks and he had full access to everything in the house (files) etc. He ... Read More »

                    My Father Stole My Student Loan Money

                    stressed man

                    “Dear Steve, My Dad took out a PLUS loan for me because I had reached the maximum loan allowance from my college as a “dependent” student, even though my parents did not support me in any way. He chose the maximum loan amount $18k (YIKES) and ended up using $3k to lease a new fancy car that he couldn’t afford. ... Read More »

                      If the Creditor Didn’t Apply My Payment Do I Have to Pay for a Stop Payment?

                      broken piggybank with dollar notes

                      “Dear Steve, I’ve been writing checks for my elderly mother in the nursing home to cover her co-payment for the last 4-5 years. In November I hand delivered a check payment to the home and got a note with the last bill stating that deposit was not shown although I made the payment would I check the account. I did ... Read More »

                        Debt and the Theory of Dissaving. Why You Need to Take Action.

                        dissaving1

                        Being in debt causes us to become paralyzed with uncertainty and that leads to inaction. I want to talk about why if you wait too long to take actin it can be a very expensive mistake. And while I did previously write Get Out of Debt Fast, But Don’t Run, you should not just stand still as well. When people ... Read More »

                          Debt Settlement Executives / Sales Reps Face Up to 20 Years in Jail

                          The pain generated by the injury to your finances leaves you feeling lost, afraid, and confused.

                          A friend sent in this announcement from the Department of Justice. Wow! A grand jury in Santa Ana, California, indicted three individuals for allegedly operating fraudulent debt relief services companies that offered to settle credit card debts but instead took victims’ payments as undisclosed up-front fees, the Justice Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced. Jeremy Nelson, 29, Elias Ponce, ... Read More »

                            You Know Google Isn’t Perfect When…

                            Google Gets it Wrong

                            I was doing some research for a story and came across this search result. You’ve got to laugh when Google says the U.S. Department of Justice has a bad reputation. Thank you Google for the best laugh of the day so far. Read More »

                              Car Title Lenders Deceived Consumers Says FTC

                              ftc

                              The Federal Trade Commission has taken action for the first time against two car title lenders, reaching settlements that will require them to stop their use of deceptive advertising to market title loans. A car title loan is typically a high cost, short-term loan, secured with the consumer’s car title. In administrative complaints issued against two title lenders, First American ... Read More »

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