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The Fundamentals of Debt

Dan Ariely and I Sit Down and Talk About the Behavioral Economics of Getting Out of Debt

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Dan Ariely, a world recognized behavioral economist and I had an opportunity recently to sit down and talk about a number of issues and underlying unconscious choices that lead people in debt to make good or bad decisions in dealing with debt. Dan talks about the mistakes the financial services industry makes and the best approach to controlling spending to ... Read More »

    How to Get Out of Debt. The Honest and Unvarnished Truth.


    As a student of the history of debt, having lived through debt problems myself, and having founded and run a credit counseling organization I have a very unique view from inside and outside the debt world. If there were mistakes and beliefs to be had, I’ve had them. If there perceptions about debt, they’ve floated through my mind, If there ... Read More »

      You Ain’t Your Fucking Debt

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      On the way from a weekend visiting really good friends and having lots of laughs, yesterday I was talking with Pam in the car, in the rain, and on cruise control. I was just thinking back on how all the difficult moments of our nearly 28 year relationship have changed our course. There was the day our daughter stopped breathing ... Read More »

        Survey Finds Debt Equals Depression For Many: Women at risk to suffer with financial depression


        This is a previous study that I participated in but it is still relevant and important to understand the relationship between debt and depression. Nearly half of the people who have problems with debt are experiencing symptoms of depression, according to a survey by Myvesta, a nonprofit financial crisis center. The survey found that 49.3 percent of people with problem ... Read More »

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