Finally – Signs of Improvement in Debt Relief Industry Business Prospects

For years now I’ve been writing about debt relief forecasts and trends pointing at a decline in the need for debt relief services. Those predictions all came true. But for the first time I’m seeing signs that there is a good chance of increasing demand for debt relief services such as credit counseling, debt settlement, … Read more

Debt Relief Companies Continue to Get Squeezed by Lending

Recent data out in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York report, Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, contains a stark graph that shows why the demand for traditional debt relief service niches has not been accelerating. Traditional debt relief solutions, like credit counseling and debt settlement, have focused on the management and intervention … Read more

Things Looking Slowly More Possibly Potentially Hopeful for Debt Relief Industry

The following is going to be one of my wonky articles that is geared towards anyone who is interested in consumer debt, credit cards, and the debt relief industry. If that’s not your cup of tea, you’ll get really bored. The debt relief industry has long focused on helping people deal with problem unsecured debt. … 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

Potential Good News for Debt Relief Companies. Balances Increasing.

For debt relief companies who have been suffering from a lack of consumer demand, there is news out today that indicates demand might be increasing in the near-term. TransUnion says “total outstanding credit card balances increased 5% on a yearly basis. The increase indicates record growth, the highest yearly growth observed since 2008.” If this … Read more

Consumers Shedding Problem Debt Less and Less

The latest round of bankruptcy filing numbers is out and it paints a picture many in the debt relief industry see firsthand, a decrease in demand for debt relief services. Since the debt relief industry fails to provide any specific numbers about consumer demand, the best measure we have is to use the U.S. Courts … 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

2014 Projections Show a Bad Year for Debt Relief Companies

TransUnion is out with data on 2014 delinquency projections. They are showing both flat delinquencies in mortgage and credit card areas. This is bad news for debt relief companies who are looking for increased demand of the services they offer. Not only is the projected trend to remain flat but at historically low levels. The … Read more

Want to See Why Debt Relief is Dying Right Now?

For years now I’ve been warning debt relief companies to expect less demand for services until consumers began to load up on credit again. The pipeline of unsecured debt being issued is really dry and the vast majority of consumers who needed help have already worked their way through the pipeline. But this information out … 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

July 2013 Senior Loan Officer Survey Shows Flat Line for Debt Relief

As an indication of future demand for debt relief services, a good place to look for clues is the Federal Reserve report on senior loan officer plans. The July 2013 survey is just out but paints a continued flat line picture offer increasing unsecured consumer loans. “Responses from domestic banks indicated that they were somewhat … 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