IVA or Bankruptcy for My Hong Kong Debt? – Anon

“Dear Steve, English citizen with Hong kong perm residency. Lost job in Aug 2009 in Hong Kong, suffered from severe depression, went back to my parents in the UK, claiming jobseekers allowance since nov 2009, remained unemployed now. When leaving HK, I just left and left credit card bill unpaid. With interest, to date, I … Read more

Debt Management Industry Facing Widespread Problems in UK

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK has just released a report warning 129 debt management companies they risk losing their license to operate. The OFT in the UK serves a similar function as the FTC in the U.S. In the UK debt management companies can operate as for-profit companies and fees may … Read more

FTC Slams the Lid Down on International Identity Theft Ring Hitting Credit and Debit Cards

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted an elaborate international scheme that used identity theft to place more than $10 million in bogus charges on consumers’ credit and debit cards, pending a trial. More than a million consumers were hit with one-time charges of $10 or less, and their … Read more

My IVA Has Failed And I’m At The End of My Rope and Considering Death. – Charlie

Charlie “Dear Steve, I had an IVA for 2 years -now failed due to I cannot afford the repayment in the first place anyway, my income was manipulated by my supervisor so that I can get through the IVA petition. Manage to keep it going for 2 years by borrowinf from pot a to pay … Read more

I’m in the UK. Is There Any Way I Can Get Out of Debt Without Paying a Fortune for Help? – Dean

Dean “Dear Steve, I have 2 credit cards and 2 loans totalling almost £52000, i am struggling to make my monthly repayments as the interest is crippling, one of my credit cards has recently been handed to a debt recovery agency which has helped a little as the interest on that has now been abolished. … Read more

Banks Agree to Wipe Out Up to 40 Percent of Credit Card Debt But Watch Out.

Credit card lenders include Discover Financial Services LLC, Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Capital One Financial Corp., American Express Co. and HSBC Holdings have finally come together with the help of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Consumer Federation of America and the Financial Service Roundtable to start the process … Read more