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see more Engrish WITH BANKERS ALL THE MORE TIGHTENING THEIR CREDIT-QUALITY STANDARDS AND TESTS IN RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT SOCIOECONOMIC SITUATION over recent months, Your Correspondent has to wonder if we may be about to see within measurable distance a resurgence of "guaranteed approval" loan and credit card offers targeting such with no established credit or even problem credit made all the more so by their bring tricked into "sub-prime" or "Alt-A" mortgages through deception or trick. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-23 19:30:00

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Following Grueling Financial Times You Can Re-establish Your Credit

September 29, 2009 | By Kevin Lynch In Blogging | by Kevin LynchRebuilding credit after a time of monetary hardships, insolvency, repossessions or other monetary damage that blemishes any credit report can be frightening and baffling. For most people these are times of awful pressure. But times change and situations change so don’t let the liberation than comes when the income and cash get back in line be overshadowed by the problems left on the credit report. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 17:00:00

Peak Credit & What That May Mean

A: Peak credit, sounds like I hit my limit on my credit cards! I guess its kind of true. For owners of home equity lines of credit, you may have noticed a decrease in your available credit line recently. Why is that? Because credit has peaked, and is now contracting! As banks work [more...]

Date: 2008-08-04 16:55:33

How to Curb Credit Card Frauds

Of late consumers in UK are facing financial crunch due to the escalated fuel and food costs and falling global economy. Also, they are very much concerned about the current employment situation and economic development and are willing to spend more than what their income permits. With raising claimant count, the lenders have fixed up more stringent borrowing conditions for giving credit. As a result, consumers are seeking expensive credit and are facing tough terms and conditions. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-25 02:26:57

Bad Credit Payday Loans: Meets The Instant Needs Comfortably

If we have been using reduced of finance management during a really consequential juncture, it can be a lot frustrating. Along with it, a past credit problems creates barrier that serve reduces a possibility of availing loans. This credit complaint diminishes your credit and lenders have been not during all meddlesome to suggest any financial assistance. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 04:23:53

The Pros and Cons of Credit Cards

Credit cards have a bit of an identity crisis in our society.  In some circles they are vilified, along with the companies that offer them ... emergencies.  I personally fall somewhere in the middle. Credit Card Can Be Useful Tools Grace periods ... reward and rebate programs. I doubt anyone has ever become rich off credit card awards [more...]

Date: 2008-12-10 11:00:38

Best Prepaid Credit Card – What To Look For

September 27, 2009 | By Dan Moskel In Finance | by Dan MoskelYou may have heard of these and asked, “why are they called credit cards if you receive no credit?” To answer that question and many others, let’s look at them in detail.Nearly all of the major issuers offer these. The concept is very simple. Once you are approved, and nearly everybody regardless of their history is, you get a card in the mail. It looks identical to a regular one typically with a Visa or MasterCard logo. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-27 18:13:10

Getting Out Of Credit Card Debt

Now that the nation is fully aware of how much debt we are facing as a country and individuals the time has come for each person to address their own personal finance demons.  The one thing that commonly holds consumers back from achieving their financial goals is high interest credit card debt.  Statistics vary on how much debt each household is currently carrying but the sad truth is many people are living paycheck to paycheck just trying to make ends meet.  When credit card payments [more...]

Date: 2009-09-07 06:00:00

Credit Card Companies Are Closing Unused Accounts

Several GRS readers have written lately with the same credit card problem — but not the one you’d expect. Perhaps in an effort to cut costs, credit card companies are beginning to close their customers’ ... on to the accounts since they help my credit history. I just got some bad news about my oldest credit [more...]

Date: 2009-01-06 19:00:00

Man Feels Opportunities Credit Union Screwed Him Over For $125 []

This will come as a serious blow to a number of our commenters, but we have a bad story about a credit union. Gasp, shock, horror, it's true. Opportunities Credit Union of Vermont, where reader Rick has his mortgage, told Rick ... Credit Union accessed the bill. Whoopsies. Here's Rick's letter to the Credit Union president, asking [more...]

Date: 2008-09-12 20:47:02

Good news for credit card users

Finally, some happy news for credit card holders. Late last week, Bank of America announced it will no longer require customers who sign up for their credit cards, bank accounts and certain loans to give away their right to sue in a dispute. Bank of America’s decision is the biggest yet in a growing movement away from mandatory arbitration clauses, which force consumers who have a problem with a service provider into private arbitration forums to settle disputes. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-17 20:47:35

Benefits of Acquiring Bad Credit Auto Loans through Sub-prime Car Lenders

Amazon.de Widgets The world economic recession has created a different set of dynamics before the lenders and primers. With pink slips and instability in the job market borrowers are finding it hard to maintain regularity in repayment. Unavailability of unsecured loans has also added to their worries. This is no less a turbulent time for lenders too. With increased number of bad credit borrowers they are forced to relax their good credit score while approving new loan plans. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 07:45:12

Benefits of Acquiring Bad Credit Auto Loans through Sub-prime Car Lenders

Amazon.de Widgets The world economic recession has created a different set of dynamics before the lenders and primers. With pink slips and instability in the job market borrowers are finding it hard to maintain regularity in repayment. Unavailability of unsecured loans has also added to their worries. This is no less a turbulent time for lenders too. With increased number of bad credit borrowers they are forced to relax their good credit score while approving new loan plans. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 07:45:12

Money, Credit, and the Law – Know Your Rights

That’s the title of a valuable new video narrated by Professor Richard Alderman, director of the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center. The video, consisting of easily digestible short chapters, provides help managing personal finances, dealing with credit problems and debt collectors, responding when sued by a creditor, seeking credit counseling, or exploring the option of bankruptcy.  The video can be viewed online or a DVD can be requested directly from Professor [more...]

Date: 2009-09-17 20:50:58

Forgiven Debt Isn't Really Forgiven At All

By Kate Luther If you've been struggling with the rest of the economy, chances are you've been forced to rethink your financial priorities. And as a result, credit cards are often the first thing to go. The good news is that once you get behind, many credit card companies will offer to "settle" your account, some for as much as just 40% of your original balance. And if you're looking at a large chunk of credit card debt, making it go away for 40% of its value sounds like a pretty good deal. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-22 13:00:09

Shop For Groceries Online, Not Paying Off Credit Cards @ The Carnivals

free credit scores by telling us all about Credit Karma! Money Smart Life: Henry confesses to being a credit card expert with a secret. Gen X Finance reminds us that market conditions shouldn’t derail our investment strategies. With the current damage the market has done to our portfolios, can we really avoid being fair-weather investors? [more...]

Date: 2008-07-16 23:00:00

Reforms Make It Harder To Give Credit Cards To College Students

Due to the latest credit card alterations that are starting up next year, card issuers will have a strenuous time getting teenagers on college campuses to apply for credit cards without their parents’ knowledge. As students arrive on campus, card issuers will be there to meet them at many schools. “Issuers will try to continue to market to college students between now and the time the legislation takes effect,” said Bill Hardekopf, chief executive of LowCards.com, a site that tracks cards. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-13 15:21:17

How to Safely Build Your Credit History

I’ve heard from several high schoolers and early college students asking for advice on how to build up their credit history in a safe and ... and such, but I don’t know where to start. I’m worried about getting way into debt like some people ... (credit bureaus) that are in the business of collecting the information for credit reports - Experian [more...]

Date: 2008-09-23 20:00:35

The Situation of Credit Card Regulation

Situationist Contributor Adam Benforado recently published the following op-ed, titled “Time to Rein in Tricks of the Financial Trade,” in Cap Times . * * * I have a confession: I teach contract law, and I do not understand everything in my credit card agreement. If business law professors are getting lost in the fine print of consumer financial products, we have a fundamental problem. Back in the early 1980s, the average credit card contract filled up a single page. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-28 04:01:16

Will the Homebuyers Tax Credit be Extended

Just last week I posted an entry to my blog with last minute tips for people hoping to take advantage of the expiring first time homebuyers credit . However, as the deadline to claim the credit gets closer and closer, more experts are predicting that Congress will pass some type of incentive extension within the next few weeks. In fact, there are reportedly over 5 bills currently being considered by the Senate and House of Representatives. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 20:43:00

And You Thought Credit Cards Companies Here Were Vicious? [Credit Cards]

America's painfully slow economic decline is partly fueled by almost $1 trillion of revolving credit card debt, an albatross our imperial credit card companies are all too happy to export. Most of the world's ... countries." "Industry experts" worry that the 100 million credit card users in China and Turkey may [more...]

Date: 2008-08-11 01:45:45

Posts about Foreclosures as of July 12, 2009

The Benefits to Restoring Your Credit Rating Can Last A Lifetime – bestonlinecarfinance.com 07/12/2009 by Darrell Price If you have ever gone through a bankruptcy, suffered a devastating foreclosure or applied for a loan and have been turned down, you know the importance of having clean credit. If you are looking to repair your credit and increase your rating, the process can be a little overwhelming at first. This article will hopefully give you a starting point. [more...]

Date: 2009-07-12 12:03:55

Helpful Ways To Save Money In Hard Times

The credit crunch is continuing to beat thousands of people out of their homes - people who once lived the American dream ... of our lives now, whether we like it or not, and as we watch the shocking reality of the credit crunch ... up your credit card If you find it hard to deal with credit and feel that you cannot pay off [more...]

Date: 2008-11-07 12:56:35

Consumer Credit Debt Consolidation – The Best Options

Amazon.de Widgets The practice of taking out a single loan in order to pay off all previously existing loans is referred to as consumer credit debt consolidation. The reasons that people choose this debt elimination option are to secure a lower interest rate, and also for the simple convenience of having to pay only one loan at the end of each payment period.Collateral is traditionally required in these types of loans due to the borrower’s tarnished credit history. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-22 21:49:03

Managing Your Credit Cards Responsibly

September 27, 2009 | By Tawana Rashing In Finance | by Tawana RashingCredit cards can easily go from being your best friend to your worst enemy. If your credit is any good at all, you probably get a ton of pre-approval notices from different companies. They?re offering you the world in a credit card ? no APR, huge credit limits, awesome purchase bonuses and more. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-27 17:25:27

56,000 More Victims of Heartland Breach

About 56,000 members of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union have been notified that their debit card accounts were exposed to fraud. It is the latest casualty of last year's breach of Heartland Payment Systems, one of the country's largest credit card processors, where information from more than 100 million credit and debit card transactions was exposed. Not until the end of May did Suncoast discover that some of its customers who use Visa Check Cards could be in danger. [more...]

Date: 2009-06-18 23:04:00

What’s in a credit history?

Sep 29th, 2009 | print |  email  | Post a comment  |  Listen to the Article - Dana El BaltajiThe Union of Arab Banks (UAB), a community of Middle East-based financial intuitions, has called for the establishment of a central credit bureau and risk management firm for banks in the region, reported Gulf News on Monday.“A unified credit bureau will strengthen the GCC financial sector and lead to greater transparency in the regional economies. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 10:24:23

Easy No Credit Check Loans

September 20, 2009 | By Preston West In Blogging | For those people with low credit scores or low wages, “No Credit Loans”, are an excellent alternative. Although this loan is linked with much higher interest rates it is an option for those with few choices. Because the loans are usually paid back over a shorter amount of time the huge interest rate may not be a deterrent to borrowing funds. For people that need quick cash for a short term, this could be ideal. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 22:50:50

When you should use a credit repair agency.

Credit has become a very important part of peoples live in todays age. If you have bad credit you are familiar with having closed doors to loans, bank cards, credit cards, car financing and mortgages. Now all is not lost and you have the option to start fixing your credit. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:23:10

When you should use a credit repair agency.

Credit has become a very important part of peoples live in todays age. If you have bad credit you are familiar with having closed doors to loans, bank cards, credit cards, car financing and mortgages. Now all is not lost and you have the option to start fixing your credit. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:23:10

Consolidate credit card debt with debt consolidation - Loan Modification not the answer

Amazon.de Widgets Consolidate credit card debt with debt consolidationThe move by the FTC comes as federal and state officials plan to expand a crackdown on mortgage-related scams to other schemes that prey on debt-ridden consumers.. Try Credit card debt consolidationCan’t Pay Your Bills? You’re not alone. Today, millions of Americans are having difficulty paying their debts. Most of those in financial distress are middle-income families with jobs who want to pay off what they owe. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-23 18:54:41

Your Credit Report Card

Mark Frauenfelder is the co-founder of my favorite sites, Boing Boing (which is a “directory of wonderful things”). Mark’s also a GRS reader. He dropped me a line the other day to tell me about a new project he’s been following. Today, Credit.com is launching a free new online financial tool called Credit Report Card . This tool is designed to provide users with a quick snapshot of their credit reports. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:00:31

Credit Card Fairness For All

Last year the House of Representatives passed a bill of rights for credit cardholders that didn’t make it through the Senate ... . Credit card contracts are scared things. In America today these documents rank with the Ten ... with credit card issuers have a serious flaw. They lack fairness. They don’t give both parties [more...]

Date: 2009-01-04 16:26:33

How and When to Cancel a Credit Card

Update: After feedback from readers, I’ve made some clarifications to this post. My recommendations have not changed, but I’ve tried to emphasize the effect closing a credit card can have on your credit score. My recent two-part series on responsible credit card use (Five [more...]

Date: 2008-09-16 12:00:22

Express Auto Transport: Be on the lookout for Credit Card Fever

In the middle of a year, which saw the most awful of a credit crisis, it is probably not important to speak about how one should stay away from having a huge debt on one’s back. It would be right to say that we have seen the best and worst of credit. Credit cards [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 22:18:28

Difficult Credit Troubles May Find Aid In Consumer Credit Counseling

Quite a lot of options exist for those who have a dilemma running their cash including something called consumer credit counseling services. A person can turn to this kind of help if they have a dilemma with debt collectors, the incapacity to set up and preserve a workable financial plan or he or she seems to be unable of saving funds for retirement. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:00:51

The Fed Should Buy Down Consumer Credit Card Rates - Fast

Lets say I owe the bank behind my credit card  1k dollars and Im paying  10pct interest because the best I can do is a little bit more than the ... that I have my credit card  with and charge it 5pct plus some warrants to in turn loan that money back ... with to help save people’s homes, are many of the same banks that are pounding credit card holders [more...]

Date: 2008-10-24 23:38:36

Credit Crisis - Signs of Progress

Are the various central bank liquidity facilities and capital injections having the desired effect of unclogging credit markets and restoring confidence in the world’s financial system? This is precisely what the “Credit Crisis Watch” is all about – a regular review of a number of measures in order to ascertain to what extent the thawing of [more...]

Date: 2008-12-26 12:00:33

Debt Managment and Debt Consolidation Loans For Bad Credit

Amazon.de Widgets What is debt consolidation but a way to financial freedom with positive actions to bring about resolutions of high interest rates, late fees, over the credit line fees, etc. and see ones balances decrease instead of increase with positive impact on the credit rating. The question is frequently asked by consumers who find that answers to accumulating debt are on the wire and something has to be done. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-22 05:45:34

So What's Replacing Boarded-Up Payday Lenders? Credit Unions! [Credit Unions]

Consumers in Washington D.C. have apparently flocked to credit unions since the district outlawed payday lending last year. Payday lenders whined that lending without 300% APRs was utterly unaffordable, but credit unions ... percentage rate of up to 18 percent. Unlike payday loans, in which borrowers sign over part [more...]

Date: 2008-07-27 14:15:43

Needing Help!!

As I have mentioned in my earlier posts that I am now having a major difficulty in handling my credit card bills ... consolidate their credit card debts and also reduce interests; thus giving each families ... of not sending us money, I already incurred over dues and consistent follow-up calls from credit card [more...]

Date: 2008-06-23 11:44:44

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My wife suffers from sleeping sickness Ask an expert: Narcolepsy is making it increasingly difficult for my wife to hold down a job ... bonds GO Consumer advice Shopping Your rights Buying and selling a car Holiday GO Credit & loans Get out of debt Bankruptcy Credit cards Picking loans Credit checks GO Insurance Home [more...]

Date: 2008-09-24 14:17:36

10 Tips on Saving Money

Tip 1 ” Although credit cards are a convenient way to pay for things they can lead to trouble if you cannot afford to keep up with the total repayments. Interest on credit cards is often offered at an extremely low rate for the first few months and increased dramatically therein after. Debt can quickly spiral out of control and become unmanageable for many people therefore it is sometimes necessary to consolidate all of the debt into one manageable package by engaging in one small low cost loan. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-19 11:18:31

How to Resolve Credit Bureau Reporting Errors

Photo courtesy of neoliminal A couple months ago my wife and I started a passive search for a new home ... idea to check your credit report to make sure things are being reported correctly.  Inaccuracies ... on a new home. Skeletons In Your Credit Closet? Often times consumers have legitimate, negative [more...]

Date: 2008-10-23 11:00:30

Beating Collectors With Credit Repair

You may encounter a reasonable, mild mannered collector someday, but do not hold your breath. Collectors are trained to be emotionally effective. This means aggressive. They will keep you on the phone as long as they can in an attempt to bend your will to theirs. Their goal is to get money out of you, whatever it takes. Unfortunately, in their effort to dominate, they often step over the line of legality, and hence arises the need for credit repair techniques to neutralize their wayward conduct. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-25 15:17:42

Citi Sues Morgan Stanley Over Credit Default Swap

Citigroup sued Morgan Stanley on Friday for breach of contract, saying the Wall Street firm owed it $245.4 million for protection it bought on a loan, Reuters reported.Citibank bought a credit default swap from Morgan Stanley & Co. International in 2006 on a $366 million revolving credit facility it provided to an issuer of collateralized debt obligations, according to the complaint filed in U.S. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-28 08:04:52

Why Monitoring Your Credit Score Is More Important Than Ever Before

Are you considering the process of repairing your credit? One of the most important things you can do, apart from getting errors and mistakes removed from your credit report, is to keep your credit... Writers Wanted: Join Our Blogging Community Today! [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 19:25:22

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Can pension be linked to mortgage? Ask an expert: My husband is seriously ill and I fear the worst ... Income bonds GO Consumer advice Shopping Your rights Buying and selling a car Holiday GO Credit & loans Get out of debt Bankruptcy Credit cards Picking loans Credit checks GO Insurance [more...]

Date: 2008-09-24 14:17:36


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Date: 2009-09-26 08:58:39

N.J. man learns modifying mortgage to cut payments may impair credit rating

by Moe Bedard on September 29, 2009 · 0 commentsin American Nightmare To confuse consumers even more, not all lenders follow the guidelines.That may change on November 1, when lenders can use a new code to report them as a “loan modification under government program.” The code will clarify which borrowers have taken modifications, but because the modification process itself is not streamlined, it won’t be the only worm squiggling out of the can.The bigger impact on credit scores may depend on how [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 13:48:05

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