Dec 5 2009

Bankruptcy Filings up 100 Percent from 2007: Americans Financially Unable to Meet Current Debt Payments. 85 Percent of Chapter 7 Filings are Classified as No-Assets.

The U.S. Courts released data last week closing out the 2009 fiscal year.  In the release we find that bankruptcy filings are up 100+ percent from 2007.  No other economic vehicle shows deeper signs of financial strain than bankruptcy.  Bankruptcy is the end of the road for many Americans.  Although businesses file for bankruptcy as […]

Oct 29 2009

How 56.5 Million Households Live: $52,000 Median Household Income in 2009 Crushed by a Decade of Debt. A Decade of Lost Wages and Financial Debt Servitude.

The recent American Consumer Survey had some thought provoking data regarding the typical American household.  Wages over the past decade have been stagnant.  At least that is what is propagated in the common datasets but in reality, not only has income not grown it has actually declined.  The U.S. dollar during this time has been […]

Aug 7 2009

The End of the Peak Credit Era: 3 Quarters of Contracting Consumer Debt. Credit Card debt Contracts on a Year over Year Basis for First Time Ever.

There is a small silver lining in the unemployment report released on Friday.  The positive side was the amount of people being fired slowed down in July (if you can call an annual rate of 3 million layoffs positive).  However, there is still a major reluctance for firms to hire.  We still have 26,000,000 unemployed […]

Jul 23 2009

Credit Card Companies Placing Financial Landmines for American Consumers: How I lost my 4.99 Percent Fixed Rate and got it Back.

Americans have a love affair with credit cards.  Many Americans have more credit cards in their wallets than they do dollar bills.  When 8,000,000 credit cards were yanked from circulation many consumers realized that this was a new era of austerity.  Credit card debt otherwise known as revolving debt, peaked in September of 2008 at […]

Apr 19 2009

Credit Cards and Auto Loans: $2.5 Trillion Outstanding Consumer Debt. If you can’t find a Qualified Borrower or Buyer still lend the Money.

One of the many problems that led up to the economic crisis was easy access to debt.  This included easy access to home loans, auto loans, and credit cards.  You would have a hard time finding a reputable source that would argue otherwise.  Yet in the latest release of consumer credit data from the Federal […]

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