Year: 2012

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The end of the holiday season is upon us. However, a large amount of the shopping that will be done in association with this season has yet to take place. Over the next few days and approaching January 1, 2013, American consumers will spend an extraordinary amount of...

For young adults, starting a new and independent life after college can mean piling on a tremendous amount of debt. The combination of student loans, car payments, a home mortgage and credit card debt can be overwhelming. Often, young people with debt payments that an...

The real estate market in this country has suffered the worst period of deflation since the Great Depression of the 1930s and millions are underwater on their mortgages, many by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, the Association for the Advancement of Retired...

When you need to seek unexpected medical care, your attention should be focused on recovering physically and emotionally. However, financial concerns surrounding health care are playing a larger and larger role in the lives of patients. In response, several Senators...

In these hard economic times, it has become increasingly difficult for many people to pay off their debts - including the money that they owe for student loans. Unlike other debts, such as credit cards, student loan debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, which puts...

Many Michigan residents who face the prospect of bankruptcy are mired in medical debt. According to a new survey, a top contributor to credit card debt is medical bills. The survey was conducted by Demos earlier this year to gauge the impact of the recession and the...

The economic downturn has cast light on a growing crisis that many have been predicting for years. Looming student loan debt may be the next big bust in the economy. The amount of total student loan debt held by debtors in this country has surpassed credit card debt...

A recent study of consumer bankruptcy looked at the effect of legal fees on the rate of bankruptcy filings, and found that the rare tax rebates issued in 2001 and 2008 caused significant increases in Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings. The study, authored by economists at...

Life happens and sometimes, life doesn't always work out the way that we would like it to. Sometimes, hard work just is not enough to manage everything that life can throw at someone. More and more stories of people buying homes to start a family or have a place to...

Student loan debt among people between the ages 35 and 49 has increased very rapidly, faster than any other age group in the country. Reuters looked at over three million credit reports and found that educational debt among middle-aged Americans has increased by 47...