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Stop Debt Collectors – 100 Pages of Good Advice

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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 Your Debts”. The book can ... 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 Dan and Mary discuss are ... Read More »

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

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      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 talk with them. Maybe the ... Read More »

        Citigroup to Say Goodbye to 39,500 More Workers

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        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 and Citibank employees that won’t ... Read More »

          More Bad News For Nordstrom and Target Credit Cards

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          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 money to spread around. Target ... 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 until this point there has ... Read More »

              Federal Trade Commission Should Allow For-Profit Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement Firms to Assist All Consumers

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              I understand that the Federal Trade Commission has been looking into regulating the debt settlement industry. I feel the time has come to finally address the needs of consumers for representation in credit counseling and debt settlement matters. I have provided a statement to the FTC in order to support the acceptance and regulation of for-profit credit counseling and debt ... Read More »

                Citibank to Fire 10,000 Workers And Raise Your Interest Rates

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                Anonymous sources in Citibank are leaking that Citibank expects to cut another 10,000 jobs, bringing the total jobs slashed this year at Citibank to 33,000. In addition, Citibank is going to announce steep increases in the credit card interest rates and I’m sure we’ll also see higher credit card fees as well. The goal will be to place more “innocent” ... Read More »

                  Government Kills Debt Write Off And 40% Debt Elimination Plan

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                  All I’ve got to say is, Good! The plan would have done more damage than good and while some people might have hoped that the government would accept the creditor based plan, it was shallow and not enough to make a real difference to help people avoid bankruptcy and get out of debt. Recently I wrote an article, New Concerns ... Read More »

                    The Good Side of Check Cashing and Payday Loans

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                    I’ve got to be honest with you. While the righteous scream out about check cashing and payday loan stores, I’m not sure I understand all the fuss. Sure I get the fact about fees and I will admit that I’ve seem some sleazy payday loan stores and outfits. But you know what, I’ve seen my fair share of sleazy banks ... Read More »

                      Graduate From College With Good Grades And Get A New House

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                      An inovative new program from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas significantly rewards students that graduate within five years, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, secure employment in the Dallas metropolitan area, maintain a good credit history and donate 400 hours of volunteer time to the community. University president Michael Sorrell is quoted as saying “This program ... Read More »

                        Nordstrom Bank Wants to Freeze Part Of Your Account And Use Your Money Interest Free

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                        A particular little notice looks like it really caught the eye of myself and the brain behind CreditMattersBlog.com. He’s got an article titled “Nordstrom Bank May Not Give You Full Access To Your Available Credit For Up To 21 Days After A Payment Is Credited To Your Account” that is worth a look. Apparently Nordstrom’s is now saying that if ... Read More »

                          Bush Administration Rolls Out Wimpy Mortgage Assistance Plan

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                          The Bush administration today rolled out a plan to help homeowners in trouble with their mortgages. While proclaiming big help the plan does not go anywhere near far enough to help those in the most trouble. Homeowners 90 or more days late in their mortgage payments, owe at least 90% of their home’s current value, live in the home on ... Read More »

                            Good News – Post Office to Layoff Only 40,000 Workers. Bad Time to Be In Delivery Business.

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                            A friend called to tell me about the latest buzz of the postal service laying off 40,000 workers. I can’t confirm if it is true yet since the numbers estimated range from 16,000 to 40,000. But in doing my research for this news I came across a shocking this little tidbit: Vienna – The majority-state-owned Austria Post mail service is ... Read More »

                              Does Money And Things Alone Bring You Happiness?

                              I’m not quite sure what really resonated with me about this video. I guess it is the fact that it is a message that I have heard before from other doctors when I was in the medical community. And it is a realization that I experienced myself in my life. The lessons about material wealth and happiness are ones that ... Read More »

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