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Somali Pirates Are a Good Credit Risk. Maybe They Need An American Express Card?

The hijacking and hijinks of the pirates in Somalia have been in the news. Apparently a new home based business has sprung up off the coast of Somalia as armed pirates board shipping vessels and hold the ship and crew for ransom. The hijackers have a favorite part of the coast to park their ships … Read more

Ed is Disabled and Falling in Debt Fast. What Can He Do?

“Dear Steve, I am disabled and falling in debt faster than i can handle. I am barely staying alive with trying to feed my family. I am behind on my mortgage and regular bills (utilities). I stopped paying on my credit cards just to try and keep my utilities from being disconnected. credit card companys … Read more

What I’m Reading and Watching Today

I do more than just write answers to questions, I read as well. And my days involve math as well. It’s like being back in school, but this time with a calculator and spell check. Oh where were you when I needed you. Back then we had flash cards and now we have flash RAM. … Read more

C Wants to Defer Student Loans Without Hurting the Credit Report

C “Dear Steve, I paid my way through college and fortunately could afford to take out only subsidized Stafford loans amounting to $10,000. After graduating I planned to find a full time job but have only found part time temporary jobs. I clustered these jobs over the last eight months and have been able to … Read more

Stop Debt Collectors – 100 Pages of Good Advice

I didn’t tell Gerri Detweiler that I was going to purchase her book and secretly read it. I knew she would have sent me a free copy if I had asked but I didn’t want our friendship to cloud my review of her new book “Stop Debt Collectors: How to Protect Your Rights and Resolve … Read more

Listen to the Story of Dan and Mary

I found this radio show online about Dan and Mary who found themselves under pressure about money, managing their money, and even went to a Dave Ramsey seminar but that did not fix things. Finally Dan and Mary decided that they had to split. I think what resonated with me is that the issues that … Read more

James Wants to Know If Capital One Will Take His Car If He Stops Paying His Credit Card

“Dear Steve, I can not pay my credit cards,because of sickness. I have a auto loan with Capital One and a credit card with them as well. If I just pay only my auto loan on time each month and stop paying on the credit card, can they touch my car because I pay one … Read more

Government Handing Out Secret Bailout Money to Pay Off Credit Card Debts

This information is for all the people who keep emailing me about the “secret Obama backed bailout plan for free government money to pay off credit card debts.” You win and I’ll tell all. I’m not sure who let this rumor out of the bag but if I find them I’d have a very stern … Read more

Jeff Asks About Trick To Boast Credit Score. “Will It Work?”

“Dear Steve, I have never heard anyone ask this question or any money experts suggest it: If my wife and I have many joint user credit cards and lots of debt, could it help our credit scores if we changed the status of our joint cards to just the primary user, thus showing each of … Read more

Citigroup to Say Goodbye to 39,500 More Workers

Kerthunk! That’s the sound of the other shoe dropping on Citigroup. I thought I was ahead of the game when just last week I wrote Citibank to Fire 10,000 Workers And Raise Your Interest Rates. Well at least I got the raise your rates part right. Seems I was off by about 38,000 more Citigroup … Read more

More Bad News For Nordstrom and Target Credit Cards

Store cards in good times are a good source of profit with their exceptionally high interest rates but in down times they can be an anchor around profits. Not only are store cards generally easier to acquire by people with lesser credit but they are often the first to go unpaid when there isn’t enough … Read more

Government Help With Credit Card Debt

A question I am getting asked more and more is about what programs the government offers to help you get out of debt or to eliminate credit card debt. These questions usually involve inquiries about government grants and loans that people hear whispers about that they believe will dispose of problem debt as well. Up … Read more