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6 steps to debt mismanagement

Climbing out of debt can be daunting, but you'll never succeed by following this path. Read more

Latest Debt Management Headlines

Pay stepdaughter's $5K bill online?

Dear Credit Card Adviser, My stepdaughter owes $5,000 on her credit card. My wife has access to her online credit card account and she's an authorized user. Can I use my savings account information to pay it off online?...Read more

6 ways to scare off lenders

You pay your bills on time and never miss a payment. If you're still having trouble with credit, something on your credit report could be scaring lenders. Everyone knows the big gremlins that haunt credit reports: items such...Read more

10 common debt questions

If getting out of debt and staying out of debt were easy, everyone would do it. With over $3 trillion in consumer debt outstanding, that's clearly not the case. Here are some answers to readers' most common questions on dealing...Read more

Divorce during Ch. 13 bankruptcy?

Dear Bankruptcy Adviser, My spouse wants a divorce. We are in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan. It would have to be revised and accepted to provide alimony. The original plan is for four years with no extra money to spare,...Read more

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What does 'charged off' mean?

Dear Debt Adviser, A few years back, I had a credit card as well as a credit line with a store. I had an outstanding debt for some time, though I was eventually able to pay it. Now, on my credit report, those debts appear... Read more

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Debt Management Basics

Refinance into home equity loan?

For a niche group of homeowners with plenty of equity, refinancing a first mortgage with a home equity loan could make sense, now that mortgage rates have gone up. It truly is a niche group: homeowners with equity who plan...Read more

10 debt consolidation myths

When Norm Bour was 24, credit was so hard to come by he couldn't get a gas station company credit card without begging. While it's important for you to get a handle on your debt, how you go about it is just as important....Read more

15 signs of serious debt trouble

You know you need to seek help from a credit counselor when ... It may sound like a comedy routine opener, but for lots of people, it's definitely not a laughing matter. Many who are weighed down with debt opt first for self-help,...Read more

Are you a candidate for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal remedy, and as such only an attorney can properly advise you on the process. However, as far as being a candidate for the legal process, that is another question. My experience has been that the decision...Read more

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