Debt Management

Recognizing the Difference between Secured Debt and Unsecured Debt

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Secured debt and unsecured debt: have now, pay later.

The US economy relies heavily on the use of debt by consumers, so businesses use loans and lines-of-credit to entice customers and enable them to purchase their goods. Due to the cost of certain items, such as houses and vehicles, consumer debt is almost always a factor for buyers making certain purchases. For the most part, the use of debt works out fine for both parties in a transaction. However, with so much debt in use, there are countless situations where a loan goes awry. The nature of debt, either secured or unsecured, becomes a factor in resolving problems.

Ways to Come Back After Bankruptcy

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Filing for bankruptcy is a difficult choice for any hardworking person. Illness, layoffs, and other life events can make bankruptcy the only choice when bills are piling up and debt threatening to crush your other finances. After the storm clears, it’s time to rebuild your financial life. But building up a positive future can be daunting after this major change. Here’s how you can come back after bankruptcy with a few simple tips.

5 Financial Goals That Must Make Your Resolution List

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List of New Year's 2017 Resolutions to improve personal finances, retirement plan, pay off credit cards, create a budget, and save more money. Party horn blower, Christmas ornaments, streamers, and snowflake ornament add festive feel to this image. Shot in studio with Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera.

Every New Year brings another round of resolutions that probably see a slow demise by the end of January. However, if there is one resolution you must stick to this new year, then it should be in the financial segment. Retirement planning, social security, etc., are things you must not take lightly. Let us look at 5 financial goals that you should make in 2017:

Best Advice to Dig Yourself Out of Debt

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Debt can ruin your life. It sounds like a platitude to most, but it is the truth. Borrowing money is rarely a good idea. For young people, borrowing to get through school, get reliable transportation and buy a house all seem like necessities. If you are facing the prospect of being long on debt and short on assets, here are some ways to manage debt to help you towards a positive outcome.

4 Loans That Can Help You Stay Financially Stable

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If you are having trouble paying your bills or otherwise keeping up with your financial obligations, it may be a good idea to take out a loan. Having extra cash in your bank account can help you avoid late charges and other fees that could easily cost more than the interest on a loan in the long run. What are some loan options that you may want to consider to keep yourself financially afloat during a cash crisis?

How to Avoid Falling For Credit Card Scams

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Although seeking financial security may not sound very exciting at first, there are few things more thrilling than achieving financial freedom. Breaking the endless cycle of living paycheck to paycheck and being debt-free is possible with dedication and valuable financial advice.

However, it’s important to consider scenarios that pose a risk to your financial goals. For instance, loan, repayment, and credit card scams can all drain your bank account and begin contributing to your debt without your knowledge. Check out these tips on how to avoid falling for scams and begin to achieve financial freedom.

A Debt-Free Life Is A Stress-Free Life

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For obvious reasons everyone wishes for a debt-free life. Nobody wishes that after toiling at work for hours, giving overtime and compromising your family time for your profession, you end up trying to make ends meet and feel bound by financial liabilities. Loan repayments are a great nuisance and can be a source of great mental stress. However, no problem comes without a solution and if you amend your lifestyle in a way that will enable you to lead a debt-free life, you are sure to reap the benefits. Following are the benefits of being away from the clutches of debt.

How Can Minimum Payments Hurt Your Finances?

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Many credit providers will give you the option to make a minimum payment to satisfy that month’s bill. As long as you meet that amount, you won’t be hit with late fees and you won’t experience a negative impact on your credit so long as you are not utilizing a large amount of your available credit. This is meant to give you an alternative to paying the entire bill (or a large portion) every month. However, making minimum payments on your credit accounts might end up doing more harm than good for a few reasons.

Money Magic: How to Think About Your Family’s Financial Future

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Everyone understands the importance and necessity of making money, but how you handle the income you earn, and how you think about money in general, can have a significant impact on ensuring your family’s financial future. Becoming wise to some money managing habits is important to keep you on track and to improve your financial future.