Feb 16 2010

The Only Certain Bet in this Market is paying Down Debt. Credit Card Rates Rise as Other Interest Rates Drop. $866 Billion in Revolving Debt Still Remains.

The global economy remains on unstable footing as we see debt problems slam the European markets with Greece in the current spotlight.  Yet the problem of debt is not unique to Greece itself and it is fascinating that the world is only focusing on one country.  The average American over the past four decades has […]

Jan 19 2010

Credit Card Companies Pulling Back Credit Offers to American Households: Those Zero Percent Offers have now Turned into 30% Offers with Annual Fees. Banks have over $2 Trillion in Excess Reserves yet are unable to Offer a Decent Credit Card Rate.

Credit cards are ubiquitous like air in the American economy.  Virtually every American that can qualify for a credit card has one (or many) in their wallet.  Credit card companies have flooded the market with millions of plastic rectangles that have now come back to bite many American consumers.  If we rewind back to the […]

Dec 19 2009

Credit Card Debt up to 15 Percent of Annual Household Income. Average Credit Card Debt in 1980 was $670 and Today it is up to $7,800. The Slimy World of Credit Card Lending.

Credit card companies have made it their passion to ensure that every eligible American has access to a credit card.  They have also created a financial labyrinth with traps in every corner from tricky financial statements to interest rates that would make loan sharks blush.  The credit card has become some form of financial rite […]

Dec 8 2009

The New Economic Misery Index: Five Sectors that Show Financial Pain for Americans. Food Stamps, Bankruptcy, Credit Access, Employment, and Housing.

Talking with a few colleagues I was reminded about a misery index used in the 1970s to measure the real feel of the stagflation hitting the country.  Today, we have a more insidious version of economic crisis because what is good for Wall Street is counter to what is good for the average American.  There […]

Dec 3 2009

FICO and the Credit Card Financial Prison: How a Three Digit Credit Score Reflects Consumerism and not Financial Independence.

Americans carry $900 billion in credit card debt.  Approximately 75 percent of all those eligible for credit, those that are 18 years or older, have a credit rating score at any given time.  This mysterious three digit score named a FICO Score is the basis for loans, interest rates, and should reflect your ability to […]

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