Household Debt Explodes And You Don’t Need to Be Smart to Figure Out Why

The latest data is out from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on household debt. They observed that overall household debt has substantially increased and is nearing the pre-crash peak of 2008. Consumer debt issues go in cycles. We have a crash, followed by a tightening, then slow relaxation of credit and a build … Read more

Bankruptcy Filings Still Showing Slowing of Debt Relief Demand

Data out today from the U.S. Courts shows that while the number of bankruptcy cases is still dropping, the decline is slowing. Bankruptcy filings are the canary in the coal mine when it comes to debt relief demand. When all forms of debt relief like credit counseling and debt settlement are up, so are the … Read more

A Look at Debt Relief Opportunities and Trends in May, 2016

It’s been quite some time since I wrote a debt relief industry forecast and trend article. These articles have not been all that popular because most of the people are in denial about the reality I see. You can see past articles here. In the past I used Google search volume as an indicator of … Read more

The Death of the Traditional Debt Relief Industry for Now

Recently a couple of statements from people I know inside the debt relief industry have struck me. It seems there is a general lack of understanding why it is getting harder to sell debt relief services. Some blame the Consumer Financial protection Bureau (CFPB) for cracking down and some blame me for writing about the … Read more

No Big Changes Seen in Debt Relief Sales

For debt relief companies who sell services to consumers with unsecured debt, new data out from TransUnion says demand for debt relief services should remain relatively flat. “The credit card delinquency rate (the ratio of borrowers 90 days or more delinquent on their general purpose credit cards) remained steady at 1.19% in Q2 2015. The … Read more

Unsecured Consumer Debt Continues to Fall. Bad for Debt Relief Companies.

Another month has passed and the Federal Reserve has updated their latest stats. As predicted, the level of consumer debt fell in February at an annual rate of 3.4 percent. Unsecured debt has been the bread and butter of debt relief, debt settlement, and credit counseling companies and while the population grows and unsecured shrinks … Read more

Continued Downward Pressure In Debt Relief Demand

The latest round of statistics is out showing what consumers are doing when it comes to debt. On the surface it appears the amount of debt is going up and that’s good news for credit counselors and debt settlement companies. A closer inspection though continues the gloom forecast for such services. While consumer debt is … Read more

2013 Holiday Spending Set to Change Debt Relief Industry

In the debt relief industry the post-holiday period was always the busiest as those pesky holiday bills rolled in and people realized they overspent. The past recent years have been tough for debt relief companies since tough economic times had erased the big post-holiday debt relief peak we all used to know. New data is … Read more

Bankruptcy Filings Plummet in Three Years

As further evidence about the decreased demand for debt relief help, the United States Courts have just released the latest statistics which revel the number of non-business bankruptcy filings. According to the year end September 30th data the number of consumer bankruptcies fell 31 percent from the same period in 2010. Current filings, for the … Read more

Bankruptcy Filings Down in June 2013

Bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2013, fell 13 percent when compared to bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2012, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. June 2013 bankruptcy filings totaled 1,137,978, compared to 1,311,602 bankruptcy cases filed in the 12-month period … Read more

People Unload Wallets on Health Insurance, Education, and Kids

Data on millions of American’s shows spending and expenses are up in a number of categories. You probably don’t need me to point that out for your own budget. The data shows spending is up significantly for health care, education costs, and expenses for our dear (sweet?) children.

Debt Settlement in Canada Drying Up Quickly

I was talking with a high ranking source in Canada inside the debt relief industry. They mentioned the number of debt settlement ads on radio and television have disappeared. The days of heavy debt settlement marketing in Canada are gone. They also said their contacts at national creditors in Canada are reporting new debt settlement … Read more

Demand for Debt Relief Help Sinks & Stinks. Lowest Levels Since 1994.

Consumer delinquencies continued to decline in the third quarter of 2012, with bank card delinquencies falling to an 18-year low as consumers strengthen their financial base amid economic uncertainty, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. During the third quarter, bank card delinquencies dropped to their lowest levels since 1994, … Read more

Debt Relief Industry Not the Only Ones in the Income Toilet

I saw this graph on the newspaper advertising business and it reminded me of what a graph of the debt relief business revenue would look like. Since the start of the economic crisis the demand and need for debt relief services, other than bankruptcy, has been declining. And while different factions of the debt relief … Read more

Ut Oh, New Bankruptcy Estimates Out

Fitch Ratings, the global rating agency that proves banks with prospective credit opinions, research and data, is expecting a further decline in personal bankruptcy filings for 2012. That news only spells a lessened demand for other debt relief services like credit counseling and debt settlement. If consumers are not seeking protection under bankruptcy, historically, demand … Read more