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Which debts can be discharged?

Filing bankruptcy does have some debt exclusions, but these bills and loans are usually covered. Read more

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IRA safe if I default on card?

Dear Credit Card Adviser, I have a credit card that I am unable to pay off. I have retirement accounts with the same bank that issues the card. If I default on my credit card, how will it affect my retirement funds? --...Read more

Debt consolidation loans survive

You may be tempted to consolidate your credit card and other high-interest debt into a mortgage with much lower payments. The offers are widespread. But is this a wise financial decision? Today's debt consolidation mortgages...Read more

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

Debt Adviser

When is debt off credit report?

Dear Debt Adviser, How do I find out the timeline on my debt? I know after six or seven years the debt is taken off. I would like to know if there is a way to see if it is gone. -- Mark Dear Mark, Now you see it, now... Read more


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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