NRA Files Bankruptcy. If it is Good Enough for Them. What About You?

Sometimes my posts about bankruptcy can come across as suggesting it is the only way to deal with financial problems. That is not my position. I do make an effort to educate people about bankruptcy to make smart and informed decisions about what is right for them. Understanding the reality of what bankruptcy is and … Read more

Blockbuster Going Bust. Bye-Bye Blockbuster?

I can remember life before Blockbuster and soon maybe life without Blockbuster. According to reports, Blockbuster is filing for bankruptcy in September. Blockbuster is hoping to use its time in Chapter 11 to restructure a crippling debt load of nearly $1 billion and escape leases on 500 or more of it 3,425 stores in the … Read more

I Owe $100,000 in Student Loan Debt And Might Have to Leave the U.S. My H-1B is Expiring. – Venkat

“Dear Steve, I have been in US from 2002, I have been working full time from 2004. I have been working on my part time MBA from a Top business school from 2008. I am on currently on a H-1B visa now. The green card is no where in sight. I have minimum credit card … Read more

Debt Settlement and Student Loans. Will My Student Loan Lender Negotiate With Me And Reduce What I Owe? – Alexandria

“Dear Steve, Long story short: i have student debt from the mid-late 1980’s. after graduating, i ended up working in careers that helped people, but not myself (financially!). i deferred and defaulted, but finally consolidated and got back on track. i only borrowed $25000, but after all this time (and many years of payments) i … Read more

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Irony – TVI Corp

In what struck me as a moment of irony, I read this morning about TVI Corporation, a Maryland based manufacturer of disaster shelters and other protective equipment, that has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It seems that while they manufacturer many types of disaster shelters, they didn’t have one to protect them from financial … Read more

Are Muzak and Sirius XM Radio, Better Than You?

I was reading the latest news about the bankruptcy filing of Muzak, the elevator music people, and the new merged company of Sirius XM, the satellite radio people. Sirius XM has not filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy just yet but it looks like they will any day now. It has always struck me as odd that … Read more