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Credit Cards: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Do you have a love-hate relationship with your credit cards? Most Americans do. According to Experian’s latest State of Credit report, the average U.S. consumer holds about two bank-issued credit cards and carries a total balance of $5,551. That’s a lot of money, especially if you’re paying interest of 15% to 20%. Since so many consumers hold credit cards with...

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Recovery After Bankruptcy


Are you one of the 755,000 Americans who filed for bankruptcy last year? If you are, you probably found out that bankruptcy is not the end of the world. In fact, the relief from harassing calls from creditors and the onslaught of bills can be freeing. Now that you have a financial clean slate, it is time to start planning...

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Bankruptcy and the Millennial Generation


The millennial generation is knocked quite a bit by the media with negative stereotypes about the kind of people these 22 to 36-year-olds are in our society. They get a bad rap for being cocky, lazy, or even impatient. The truth be told, however, that millennials have a number of amazing qualities that make them excellent employees and business leaders....

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Should You Declare Bankruptcy?


Bankruptcy can be a scary idea, especially for people who have never had to consider it in their lifetime. Thankfully, bankruptcy rates are beginning to decline since the collapse of the market when millions of people every year would file. Now, under 800,000 Americans file yearly. This is overall good news. However, with the number still well over a half...

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Filing for Bankruptcy


If you have suffered an overwhelming financial hardship, you may be starting to weigh whether filing for bankruptcy is a viable alternative to the mounting piles of bills or the harassing creditor phone calls. Bankruptcy is a good choice for many who need a fresh start or want to consolidate their bills and be allowed to pay them back over...

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Bankruptcy and Business: Deciding on the Right Chapter to File for Bankruptcy


Frequently in this blog, we touch on the manner in which bankruptcy impacts business.  Many big-name businesses have been facing financial difficulties or have even filed for bankruptcy in recent months, such as Sears, Gibson Brands Inc., and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, just to name a few. It seems scary that these businesses have been facing financial adversity, seeing as...

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