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Fewer Bankruptcy Filings May Not Necessarily Indicate an Improving Economy

After a steady increase over the past several years, the number of bankruptcy filings in the U.S. is finally on the decline, although this may not necessarily indicate that the economy is improving. ...
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Los Angeles Dodgers File for Bankruptcy

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in a Delaware court on June 27 th, making it the third baseball team to file for bankruptcy in the past three years. Upon filing, the team was cleared to ...
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Star Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Files for Bankruptcy

Geoffrey Zakarian is a celebrity chef in his own right. He participates in four programs on the Food Network, including "Chopped", and has operated a number of high-profile restaurants over ...
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Disorganization or dishonesty? Lenders are making it difficult to get straight answers

As it is, mortgages are complicated. They become far more complicated when borrowers fall behind on their payments. Banks routinely transfer the notes underlying a property. Fees and charges stack up, ...
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Texas Congressman Files for Bankruptcy

Representative Rubén Hinojosa, a Texas congressman who is currently on the House Financial Services Committee, filed for personal bankruptcy earlier this year. According to court documents, ...
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Lawsuit Loans: Unregulated and Presenting Serious Risks for the Injured

The business of lending to plaintiffs has increased over the past 10 years, with estimates that the industry is now lending more than $100 million every year. In most of the U.S., lawsuit lending ...
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Will the big banks ever be held accountable?

Many Americans are aware that banks have been less than fair in their handling of foreclosures. They foreclosed when they could have modified. They filed false court documents. Though there were ...
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Lessening the Impact Bankruptcy Has on Your Credit Score

Although it is certainly true that bankruptcy may negatively affect a filer's credit score, sometimes for years after the discharge, there are steps that a debtor can take to lessen the impact. ...
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Banks Rushing to Foreclosure 99% of the Time

Sheila Bair, former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) revealed some interesting information and opinions during her exit interview with The New York Times. Bair called ...
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Home sales are strong in Las Vegas - but why?

Although home sales are currently on the rise in the Las Vegas area, this is mostly due to distressed sales, whether bank-owned properties or short sales. Considering the high number of delinquent ...
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Homeowners' Associations Taking Active Roles in Foreclosures

It is estimated that one in five American homeowners is subject to homeowners' associations. Homeowners' associations levy dues, which may range anywhere from $200 to $500 per month, to cover ...
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Comprehensive Debt-Reduction Efforts Abandoned By House Speaker

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) abandoned efforts to reach a comprehensive debt-reduction deal, stating on July 9th that, in spite of efforts to reach a debt reduction agreement, the White ...
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Vegas Restaurateur Andre Rochat Files for Bankruptcy

Andre Rochat, chef and longtime Las Vegas restaurateur, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 8 th, along with three of his businesses. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a form of bankruptcy that involves a ...
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Teens Are Finding It Difficult To Land Summer Jobs

Before the job market took a turn for the worse, it used to be that teenagers found summer jobs with relative ease. Even high school drop outs didn't have to spend too long looking for employment. ...
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Texas Attorney General Files Lawsuit against Debt Collector Encore

Encore Capital Group Inc has been sued by the state of Texas based on allegations that the debt collector was using deceptive and illegal tactics to collect debts from consumers. Texas Attorney ...
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Debt - A Way of Life for College Students in America

Through the past decade, debt has become increasingly common for college students throughout the U.S. According to FinAid.org, the amount of student loan debt among graduating college seniors averaged ...
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Mounting Student Loan Debt Weighs Heavily on College Graduates

For the first time last year, student loan debt actually outpaced credit card debt. It is estimated that student loan debt will top one trillion dollars this year. The increase in student loan debt ...
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Foreclosure Backlog May Provide Unexpected Relief to Homeowners

Due to the backlog of foreclosure cases throughout the U.S., it appears that homeowners may be experiencing some unexpected relief. Nationwide, new foreclosure cases and repossessions are down by ...
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Easing terms on at-risk loans - are the big banks finally listening?

With millions of property owners throughout the U.S. defaulting on their mortgages and facing foreclosure, two leading lenders are helping borrowers who are not even in default by easing the terms of ...
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Bankruptcy Filings Down in First Half of 2011

According to a report by the American Bankruptcy Institute, U.S. consumer bankruptcies have fallen 8% in the first half of 2011, as compared to the same time period in 2010. Last year, bankruptcy ...
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Why even bother with overdraft protection?

Most consumers are relatively familiar with the concept of overdraft protection, and many have experienced firsthand the fees that may be incurred when one spends more than is in their checking ...
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Credit Scores and Mortgage Loans

It has become increasingly evident that a borrower's FICO score is one of the most important issues to be considered by financial institutions that underwrite mortgages. One's FICO score, or ...
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Unpaid Medical Bills and Your Credit Score

Medical debt presents may present a particular problem for consumers. This type of debt is significantly different than other types of debt that a consumer may need to deal with, such as credit card ...
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Brief Analysis of Credit Card Spending Over the 2010-2011 Holiday Season

At the beginning of March 2011, Experian released interesting data regarding credit card spending over the 2010-2011 holiday season. Though the average debt on credit cards decreased by 4% compared ...
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Denied and Delayed Loan Modification Applications

Has your application for a loan modification been denied or delayed by your lender? It's an unfortunate reality that some homeowners desperately in need of a modification have found themselves ...
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