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  • Bankruptcy is your superpower.

    Bankruptcy is your superpower.

    Every September 20th on National Bankruptcy Day I like to remind people about their bankruptcy superpower, in a whimsical way. People who file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy get a fresh start that lets them make financial decisions faster than a speeding bulle…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Sep 20, 5:19am -
  • My Small Business is in Trouble! What Should I Do?

    My Small Business is in Trouble! What Should I Do?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated small (and medium and large) businesses. Closures. Limited hours. Fewer customers. And while on-line ordering may work well for some companies, you can’t fix a plumbing problem, or install drywall, or serve an o…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 6:46am -
  • Top 6 Steps to Rebuilding Credit

    Top 6 Steps to Rebuilding Credit

    I recently conducted a poll of bankruptcy attorneys across the country for their recommendation on how to rebuild credit after bankruptcy. It was not a scientific study, but the results are sound, beneficial, and simple to implement.  Anyone can do…
    - 99 days ago, 16 Jun 20, 7:01am -
  • How do I get the title to my car?

    How do I get the title to my car?

    When you borrow money against a vehicle the lender places a lien on the Certificate of Title.  This is called taking a security interest, where the vehicle becomes collateral, guaranteeing you will repay the loan.  A security interest allows the li…
    - 20 Nov 19, 1:49am -
  • Veterans & Bankruptcy: Do I Lose My Benefits if I File Bankruptcy? NO!

    Veterans & Bankruptcy: Do I Lose My Benefits if I File Bankruptcy? NO!

    Do you ever wonder how bad rumors get started?  Bad headlines don’t help. Congress is considering the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act.  Part of the HAVEN Act will correct an injustice suffered by many U.S. vets who receive…
    - 29 Jul 19, 9:14am -
  • Consumer Commission – Student Loan Proposals (Part II)

    Consumer Commission – Student Loan Proposals (Part II)

    Last week, we outlined the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy’s proposals to improve the fresh start in bankruptcy by expanding the discharge of more student loans.  But the Commission recommended Congress make other changes to help people burd…
    - 25 Apr 19, 11:06am -
  • Consumer Commission – Student Loan Discharge Recommendations

    Consumer Commission – Student Loan Discharge Recommendations

    The American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy issued its final report last week.   This is the first in a series of articles about those recommendations.  To see more information about the Commission, follow this link. As…
    - 18 Apr 19, 3:30pm -
  • Can I File Chapter 13 if I am Self Employed?

    Can I File Chapter 13 if I am Self Employed?

    Can you file a Chapter 13 debt consolidation case if you are self employed? Yes, you can but expect the process to be more difficult, burdensome and expensive than it would be if you are a salaried employee. Chapter 13 works best when your income...
    - 5 Mar 19, 8:17am -
  • Judicial Estoppel: Medical Malpractice Claim Survives Omission From Bankruptcy Schedule A/B

    Judicial Estoppel: Medical Malpractice Claim Survives Omission From Bankruptcy Schedule A/B

    A chapter 7 trustee was allowed to pursue a medical malpractice claim that the debtor had failed to list in her papers, even where the trustee and the debtor had agreed to split the lawsuit proceeds. In this New Hampshire case, Alward v. Johnston, 20…
    - 27 Jan 19, 9:11am -
  • GasBuddy = Gas Savings

    GasBuddy = Gas Savings

    Now more than ever clients and ordinary people are trying to save money any way they can.  People will seek out obvious ways to save such as eliminating eating out or for me, stop coffee purchases. But what about looking for not so obvious ways...
    - 7 Jan 19, 6:48pm -

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  • Back to School Financial Prep for Students

    Back to School Financial Prep for Students

    Did you know that the average household in America pays almost $700 in preparation for going back to school? That money covers a wide range of purchases,including supplies, technology items, clothing and shoes. Depending on your age and your family…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 11:09am -
  • 10 Proven Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

    10 Proven Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

    We’ve heard the insurance tagline over and over: “Switch and save money today.” Every insurance company claims to have the best deal. But, how can you get a good deal while maintaining the appropriate amount of coverage? We’ve got you covered…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 11:24am -
  • 12 Jobs Working with Animals That Pay Good Money

    12 Jobs Working with Animals That Pay Good Money

    Love the idea of working with animals, but don’t have the resources or desire to go through vet school? You can still put your love of pets or wildlife to work in your career. Here are twelve jobs working with animals that can pay the bills for any…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 20, 12:55am -
  • 10 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

    10 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

    Credit cards are a great tool for building credit. They’re easy to use, offer flexibility, and sometimes even reward you for using them. Most also directly impact your credit score and are used by many people to begin building their credit profile.…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Sep 20, 12:01am -
  • Need a Little ExtraCredit? We Can Help

    Need a Little ExtraCredit? We Can Help

    We all know that we learn and change as we go through different stages of life. But did you know that our credit score changes right along with us? So the attention and care we give to our credit score needs to change, too. You probably have a score…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Sep 20, 11:22am -
  • Is Venmo a Safer Online Payment Options Than Competitors?

    Is Venmo a Safer Online Payment Options Than Competitors?

    Total Venmo payments rose from $6.8 billion in the first quarter of 2017 to $31 billion in the first quarter of 2020. That’s more than a 350% increase for the rising P2P payment app. P2P stands for person-to-person, and payment apps like Venmo spec…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Sep 20, 12:01am -
  • Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

    Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

    When you think “credit score,” you probably think “FICO.” The Fair Isaac Corporation introduced its FICO scoring system in 1989, and it has since become one of the best-known and most-used credit scoring models in the United States. But it is…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • How Often Can You Check Your Credit Score, and How Do You Get It?

    How Often Can You Check Your Credit Score, and How Do You Get It?

    Are you trying to keep a closer eye on your finances? Or maybe you want to get an auto loan, but you want to make sure your score is in good shape? Either way, you might be wondering if you’re checking your credit score too much. Honestly, there re…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Women Are Affected More by Coronavirus

    Women Are Affected More by Coronavirus

    This article appeared on The Female Economist and is republished here with permission. There’s no denying the fears that we all face right now—from changes in our personal lives to the economic downturn and the healthcare crisis. Data shows that…
    - 23 days ago, 31 Aug 20, 12:01am -
  • Back to School Finances for Parents: How to Finance Your Child’s Education

    Back to School Finances for Parents: How to Finance Your Child’s Education

    Before COVID-19, August meant most parents were gearing up to see their kids off to school and return to the normal schedules offered by fall. In 2020, you may be gearing up to handle school at home, take on a hybrid situation, or send your kids to s…
    - 27 days ago, 27 Aug 20, 12:01am -

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  • 3 ways to Get Life Insurance Faster

    3 ways to Get Life Insurance Faster

    There are two main complaints when buying life insurance. One of them is the price, the other is how long the whole thing takes. In a fast paced world, who has time to wait to get insurance coverage? There are some quick ways you can trim down the pr…
    - 20 Mar 18, 1:07pm -
  • 3 Steps to Start your Small Business like a Professional

    3 Steps to Start your Small Business like a Professional

    You’ve got the dream, you’ve got the drive, and you’ve got the ability. You’re ready to get your small business up and running. Or at least you think so. Even the most talented individuals can overlook key aspects of starting a small business…
    - 6 Jan 18, 10:46pm -
  • To Save Energy or Not Save Energy, That Is the Question

    To Save Energy or Not Save Energy, That Is the Question

      You’re caught in the middle of a conundrum. You want to save money on your car insurance, but you also want to save the environment, and the two do not go hand in hand exclusively, as you’ve discovered. For many people, saving money is the win…
    - 10 Jun 17, 11:13pm -
  • 6 Things To Know Before Choosing To File Bankruptcy

    6 Things To Know Before Choosing To File Bankruptcy

    If you’ve come upon some hard financial times, one option that might have occurred to you is filing for bankruptcy. This is an action that many people have taken to help with their financial troubles, but unfortunately, not all of those people knew…
    - 14 Feb 17, 12:34am -
  • Making the Most of Your Career in Finance

    Making the Most of Your Career in Finance

    Are you feeling stagnant in your current position? Are you looking for ways to take your finance career to the next level? The time has never been better. Millennials and their younger counterparts are poised to flood the professional sector, meaning…
    - 7 Feb 17, 9:10am -
  • How Hiring an Accountant Can Transform Your Finances in 2017

    How Hiring an Accountant Can Transform Your Finances in 2017

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “…In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Never is this phrase more applicable than in the world of finance.  Whether you are a big business, small venture, or an individual, finan…
    - 11 Jan 17, 11:14pm -
  • Spread Betting is a Time-Efficient Way to Make Extra Money While Building Your Business

    Spread Betting is a Time-Efficient Way to Make Extra Money While Building Your Business

    Building a business is tough and time-consuming. There are lots of ways to do it, and no two businesses are just alike. But there are some common themes for almost every entrepreneur. For one, money is tight. You don’t have any extra money to spare…
    - 5 Sep 16, 10:04pm -
  • Three Skills that You Need to Be a Successful Forex Investor

    Three Skills that You Need to Be a Successful Forex Investor

    Forex can appear to change on a whim, a value rising or falling dramatically within an incredibly short timeframe. This appearance is erroneous. Forex is not a game of luck. The currency markets change due to thousands of intertwining external factor…
    - 26 Aug 16, 9:52am -
  • With some Luck, You Can Put Debt Where it Belongs: In the Past

    With some Luck, You Can Put Debt Where it Belongs: In the Past

    When it comes to serious budgeting and personal finance, luck is the last thing you want to rely on. Budgeting is all about prediction, you know, and luck is – by its nature – unpredictable. But sometimes it steps in, making things take a favorab…
    - 17 Aug 16, 10:25am -
  • Investing and Trading – Contrasting and Complimenting

    Investing and Trading – Contrasting and Complimenting

    Except for finance professionals in the investment world, most of the rest of us assume that investing and trading are one and the same thing. It is not rare to find someone using the two words interchangeably in a statement as if they are synonyms.…
    - 19 Jul 16, 11:58pm -

NASDAQ: Banking and Loans

  • Bank of America (BAC) 1st Quarter Earnings: What to Expect

    Bank of America (BAC) 1st Quarter Earnings: What to Expect

    Shutterstock photo The fear investors once had regarding a potential global growth slowdown, which caused a slump in financial stocks towards the end of 2018, has seemingly been forgotten. That, and concerns surrounding the slower pace of rising i…
    - 15 Apr 19, 8:14am -
  • Why We're Keeping Our Finances Separate Even After We Get Married

    Why We're Keeping Our Finances Separate Even After We Get Married

    While some may think that having separate finances puts a marriage on the fast track to divorce — cough, Dave Ramsey, cough — my fiance and I are planning to keep ours mostly apart when we get married in December. Since we are already living t…
    - 2 Apr 19, 8:33am -
  • What Your Bankability Says About Your Business's Sustainability

    What Your Bankability Says About Your Business's Sustainability

    If your small business is bankable and you need a loan, you'd go to a bank. But if you aren't and are considering online alternatives, be sure you fully understand the requirements of those
    - 11 Mar 19, 1:46pm -
  • Medical Bankruptcy Is Killing The American Middle Class

    Medical Bankruptcy Is Killing The American Middle Class

    Adobe stock A new study has found that a horrifying 530,000 families turn to bankruptcy each year due to medical bills they can’t pay. In the end, it’s easier to declare bankruptcy than to allow oneself to drown in medical expenses. That’s…
    - 14 Feb 19, 10:52am -
  • Alternative Lenders Firms Are Economic Multipliers. Here's Why

    Alternative Lenders Firms Are Economic Multipliers. Here's Why

    Stock market indices may have stabilized, but you wouldn’t guess it by speaking to small business owners around the country. For the first time in eight quarters, a  Florida Chamber of Commerce survey  of small business owners found that econom…
    - 12 Feb 19, 1:46pm -
  • Trump Is Deregulating Banks: Here's What That Means for You

    Trump Is Deregulating Banks: Here's What That Means for You

    During his 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump promised to roll back the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which stiffened the regulations placed on banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Trump managed to get movem…
    - 12 Feb 19, 8:47am -
  • Revisiting Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities with an Expert Lens

    Revisiting Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities with an Expert Lens

    The Institute for Innovation Development ‐ as part of our ongoing series of interviews exploring niche markets and innovative viewpoints from active asset managers ‐ recently talked with Craig Sedmak and Thomas Harney of Ladder Capital Ass…
    - 7 Feb 19, 10:46am -
  • The 2019 Banking Report Just Released: Americans Could Be Saving More - They Just Don't Know It

    The 2019 Banking Report Just Released: Americans Could Be Saving More - They Just Don't Know It

    Shutterstock photo Most Americans have bank accounts. But whether they have a good understanding of those accounts is up for debate, as findings from a new GOBankingRates survey suggest. GOBankingRates surveyed more than 1,000 Americans to learn…
    - 17 Jan 19, 8:36am -
  • The Benefits of Fintech Partnerships in Emerging Markets

    The Benefits of Fintech Partnerships in Emerging Markets

    By Andrés Abumohor In many emerging market economies, individuals cannot fulfill banking requirements, such as providing a credit history or collateral, in order to access lines of credit. This is true for a majority of small businesses in emergin…
    - 16 Jan 19, 10:55am -
  • This 'Tiny' Fee Will Cost Over $10,000 in Your Lifetime -- Here's How to Avoid It

    This 'Tiny' Fee Will Cost Over $10,000 in Your Lifetime -- Here's How to Avoid It

    With so many banks and types of accounts to choose from, it’s no wonder many Americans don’t know how to select the best bank option for them. GOBankingRates surveyed over 1,000 people to find out more about American banking habits and preferenc…
    - 15 Jan 19, 8:39am -
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  • Ultra-Long Bonds Look Like A Solution But Are Just Another Symptom of the Real Problem

    Ultra-Long Bonds Look Like A Solution But Are Just Another Symptom of the Real Problem

    One of the most common mistakes among investors, businesses and consumers is the assumption that whatever conditions prevail at any given moment will persist forever. That belief is largely responsible for the fact you and me, the public, tend on ave…
    - 29 Aug 19, 9:26am -
  • Per Capita World Debt Has Surged To Over $200,000

    Per Capita World Debt Has Surged To Over $200,000

    Global debt is officially $184 trillion, which is 225% of global GDP. This is $86,000 for every person in the world, which is 2.5 times annual income. We estimate that official figures are understated by a factor of 2.5, so debt is actually $460 tri…
    - 24 Jul 19, 1:45pm -
  • The Five Risks of Retirement

    The Five Risks of Retirement

    Shutterstock photo Retirement should be a happy time in life. In fact, recent “happiness” studies have shown that general happiness levels have a U-shape. They tend to bottom out in mid-life and then rise again to ultimately peak in old age. I…
    - 24 Apr 19, 2:20pm -
  • Ballooning US Deficit Is A 'House of Cards'

    Ballooning US Deficit Is A 'House of Cards'

    More than once has President Trump boasted that his administration has accomplished an “economic turnaround of historic proportions”; but the sheer magnitude of the bill for his economic policies is beginning to become frighteningly clear. Indeed…
    - 12 Apr 19, 6:48am -
  • The Biggest Problem In The Cashless Revolution

    The Biggest Problem In The Cashless Revolution

    Shutterstock photo Cash is cumbersome, dirty and increasingly too tangible for our digital desires. And while we’ve already given it up to a fair extent for the credit and debit card--it still means we have to wait in lines, and that’s so 1990…
    - 5 Apr 19, 8:22am -
  • I Discovered the Downside of Credit Card Rewards

    I Discovered the Downside of Credit Card Rewards

    Do you read all those great articles about traveling for free or close to free? Me too. Most impressive to me were all these stories about families traveling by using miles they earned as rewards for using their credit cards. They made it look so eas…
    - 4 Apr 19, 8:32am -
  • How To Talk To Yourself About Retirement

    How To Talk To Yourself About Retirement

    Shutterstock photo Retirement planning is an important topic for anyone who has been in the workforce. But when it comes to personal finance, saving and investing, knowing the right approach and executing that plan can be a daunting task. But i…
    - 3 Apr 19, 7:58am -
  • Why We're Keeping Our Finances Separate Even After We Get Married

    Why We're Keeping Our Finances Separate Even After We Get Married

    While some may think that having separate finances puts a marriage on the fast track to divorce — cough, Dave Ramsey, cough — my fiance and I are planning to keep ours mostly apart when we get married in December. Since we are already living t…
    - 2 Apr 19, 8:33am -
  • What Your Bankability Says About Your Business's Sustainability

    What Your Bankability Says About Your Business's Sustainability

    If your small business is bankable and you need a loan, you'd go to a bank. But if you aren't and are considering online alternatives, be sure you fully understand the requirements of those
    - 11 Mar 19, 1:46pm -
  • Medical Bankruptcy Is Killing The American Middle Class

    Medical Bankruptcy Is Killing The American Middle Class

    Adobe stock A new study has found that a horrifying 530,000 families turn to bankruptcy each year due to medical bills they can’t pay. In the end, it’s easier to declare bankruptcy than to allow oneself to drown in medical expenses. That’s…
    - 14 Feb 19, 10:52am -

Nolo's Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure

  • We’ve Moved!
    New posts from our bankruptcy, debt, and foreclosure experts are now located on Nolo’s blog at blog.nolo.com. Choose either “Bankruptcy & Debt” or “Foreclosure” from the right side of the page to see the latest posts in those areas.The pos…
    - 19 Feb 15, 2:00pm -
  • Nolo Author Leon Bayer to Be Featured on KALW’s Your Legal Rights
    Your lawyer won’t call you back?  Missed a deadline? Failed to appear in court?  Doesn’t seem to have the expertise to handle your case? Or maybe you just don’t agree with your lawyer’s advice? Find out your options if you are having troubl…
    - 20 Nov 14, 12:57pm -
  • Official Bankruptcy Forms Will Change on December 1, 2014

    Official Bankruptcy Forms Will Change on December 1, 2014

    The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (how’s that for a mouthful) is responsible for revising and updating the official bankruptcy forms – those are the forms that you must use when you file for bankruptcy. In the p…
    - 19 Nov 14, 3:54pm -
  • Ocwen Caught Backdating Mortgage Letters

    Ocwen Caught Backdating Mortgage Letters

    According to a recent review of Ocwen Financial Corporation, a major mortgage servicer, by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ocwen may have backdated thousands of letters it sent to borrowers who were trying to save their homes fro…
    - 3 Nov 14, 2:40pm -
  • Tips for Getting a Great Reaffirmation Agreement in Bankruptcy
    Would you like to negotiate a reaffirmation agreement in Chapter 7 bankruptcy so you can keep secured personal property for less? Below are my tips for getting a great deal when reaffirming car loans and debts for jewelry, furniture, major appliances…
    - 3 Nov 14, 2:12pm -
  • Bankruptcy Means Test Median Income Figures to Change on November 1
    The United States Census Bureau recently published new statistics on the median income for individuals and families in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.  On November 1, 2014, the median income numbers that you must use when filin…
    - 30 Oct 14, 2:27pm -
  • Will I Lose Everything I Bought With Credit Cards If I File for Bankruptcy?

    Will I Lose Everything I Bought With Credit Cards If I File for Bankruptcy?

    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon,  I am getting ready to file bankruptcy. What happens to all the stuff I bought using my credit cards? Every single thing I own was bought during the past ten years using…
    - 29 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • Help! I Got Notice That an Old Judgment Has Been Renewed

    Help! I Got Notice That an Old Judgment Has Been Renewed

    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon,  About five years ago I moved to Nebraska from California. I just got a notice in the mail that a judgment obtained against me about 20 years ago has been renewed. It p…
    - 15 Oct 14, 12:26pm -
  • Forgive us our debts…and give us discounted lawyer fees, too.
    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon, I want to file bankruptcy. My case is simple. I’m in my 20’s, I make next to nothing, and I own next to nothing. My debts are less than $15,000 on mostly old credit c…
    - 12 Sep 14, 2:51pm -
  • Fake Arrest Warrant for Unpaid Debt

    Fake Arrest Warrant for Unpaid Debt

    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon: I just received an arrest warrant for an unpaid debt. I had no idea I could be arrested for something like this.  I am scared. What should I do? Here is a copy of what I…
    - 29 Aug 14, 10:26am -
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