2005 Bankruptcy Reforms “Failed Miserably” to Help Students

It’s official, bankruptcy reform in 2005 totally sucked for people with private student loans. Academic research shows lenders won and consumers lost. Here is the abstract from a paper in the Harvard Law & Policy Review by Alexei Alexandrov and Dalie Jimenez that looks at the data of how the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and … Read more

Those That File Bankruptcy Do Better Than Those That Don’t

This report is republished from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and contains the authors analysis and finding about bankruptcy following the 2005 reform. Personal bankruptcy was introduced in the United States through the Bankruptcy Act of 1978. After passage of the act, bankruptcy rates rose steadily until 2005, when Congress passed the Bankruptcy … Read more

Bankruptcy Becoming More Common Among Upper Middle Class Out of Necessity

For the past few years I’ve been suggesting bankruptcy more and more as a solution to people in trouble. I’ve written about my position, “I Suggest Bankruptcy Too Often, So Say Some“, and I receive my fair share of criticism about the amount of times I suggest bankruptcy. An article out today, full of data, … Read more

Bankruptcy Judges Should Have the Power to Modify Mortgages

The sagging home values are drawing attention to a gaping hole in bankruptcy protection, the ability for U.S. bankruptcy judges to be able to modify the terms of a mortgage to keep people in their homes that want to pay. A couple of recent article really caught my eye, “Delahunt: Empower judges to modify mortgages” … Read more