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How Will Declaring Personal Bankruptcy Affect My Business?

“I’m only 29 years old, but I purchased a car with a high-interest rate and am now behind in my payments and may have to declare bankruptcy. I finally settled down in Georgia after moving from one state to another trying to find the right career....

How I Paid Off $14,000 in Just Over a Year

If you have a large income or the ability to create an extra disposable salary, getting out of debt can seem easily in reach. But not everyone has the time or capacity to take on another job, or increase their income through other means. So, how...

Get the Most From Your Financial Advisor

“You probably think I’m stupid,” one of my clients said to me.  I paused before I answered. She was in the middle of a divorce and had learned that she was on the hook for more debt than she realized. This client was also unclear on her...

Is This Key Ingredient Missing From Your Debt Repayment Plan?

I remember sitting in the window seat flying from San Diego back to my digs in New York City. I’d been in a bit of a financial fog ever since I graduated from college, and though my parents had always instilled in me, “Never carry a balance on...

What Can We Do About My Husband’s Student Loan Debt?

Our family is suffering from my husband's overwhelming student loan debt. He took out a loan for graduate school, and when there were no jobs after graduation, deferred his loan payments then went into forbearance. As a result, his private lender...

Don’t Want Your Identity Stolen? Better Do This

Linda Foley of San Diego didn’t think twice about filling out the tax forms her employer handed her. That is, until a credit card company called her to confirm her change of address — and she hadn’t moved. That’s when she learned her employer had...

How I Paid Off $440,000 in Debt

I’ve just de-boarded a multi-year financial roller coaster from hell.  In 2005, when my career as a creative director and tech writer took off, I was an über consumer, and things were good. Credit, and a lot of it, was available to me with...

4 Hacks to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

Losing points from your credit scores is all too easy — and getting them back is hard. But if you know how credit scoring works, you can hack the process to rehabilitate your numbers faster. Here are four effective strategies to do just that. Pay...

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