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October 29, 2012

Getting Help with Debt While Avoiding Settlement Scams

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Steve Rhode published a very helpful article in the Huffington Post earlier this month. He offers advice on how to best manage your debt without getting scammed in the process. Selecting the right debt-relief option and debt-relief provider for you is going to be one of the most important things you do in your life. You owe it to yourself to spend some time and follow this guide, step-by-step.

Step 1: Homework- To make sure you are first armed with a general understanding of all of your debt-relief options I’d suggest you first read “How to Get Out of Debt: The Honest and Unvarnished Truth” and “The Truth About The Success Rates, Failure Rates and Completion Rates of Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement, and Bankruptcy.”
Step 2: Check Out All Options- Use the free How to Get Out of Debt Calculator to review your options. The calculator will give you a rough idea of the pros and cons of each major solution.
Step 3: Tip Toe Contacts- Start contacting a few debt-relief companies that provide the solution you believe is right for you based on what you learned above. Talk to at least three.

Read the original Huffington Post Article.

January 13, 2011

New Laws Impacting Debt Settlement Industry

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According to the Mortgage News Post, many mortgage brokers were shifted to selling debt relief when the sub-prime mortgage sector went south.  It’s been more than two months after the start of new federal rules designed to curb abusive practices of shady debt settlement companies.  New debt relief law advocates continue to complain that consumers are still being duped into signing up for these erroneous debt settlement programs.  The industry best known for late-night television commercials promising to help consumers negotiate credit card debt for pennies on the dollar has changed since the new rules took effect.  Consumer advocates are saying that the new laws haven’t necessarily led to positive changes for consumers seeking true debt relief.

Critics and industry observers say the new federal rules have led debt settlers to either: “Today, we are seeing the debt settlement industry morph into other areas,” says William P. Binzel, senior adviser and counsel for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. He represents nonprofit credit counseling agencies that help consumers create plans to manage their finances and pay off what they owe over time in debt management plans rather than make deals to reduce the principal amount of debt.  Their nemesis over the past several years has been the debt settlement industry — which has collected upfront fees and payments from consumers with the promise of negotiating settlements with creditors to reduce the principal by as much as 50 to 70%.  Unfortunately, as many consumers found, debt settlers often did not fulfill their promises and kept the fees and money paid to them by their clients, who still owed the original debts.

As of Oct. 31, 2010, for-profit companies that use telemarketing to attract clients cannot charge fees until after they have negotiated settlements with credit card companies and other creditors, according to the new Telemarketing Sales Rules drafted by the Federal Trade Commission. The rules also restrict the amount of fees that can be charged and ban ads that tout impressive settlement success rates unless they have evidence to prove those claims.  “All those guys that were getting customers and collecting fees and not providing any services … in the new world, they just by definition cannot exist,” says Andrew Housser, a member of the board of The Association of Settlement Companies (TASC), an industry trade group.

July 12, 2010

6 Ways to Reduce Debt

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The debt relief industry has both credible and shady debt management companies.  Yes, there are debt settlement companies that engage in fraudulent, deceptive and abusive practices that pose a risk to consumers, according to a federal investigation of the industry. In its investigation, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that some debt settlement companies provided fraudulent, deceptive, or questionable information to its consumers, such as claiming unusually high success rates for their programs – as high as 100 %. However, the Federal Trade Commission and state investigations have typically found that less than 10% of consumers successfully complete these debt settlement programs.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, if a company promises to erase your debt for pennies on the dollar, be skeptical. Debt negotiation can be risky, and it can have serious, long-term consequences for your credit report and your ability to get credit in the future. And if another company include credit repair, alarm bells should go off.

Here are six tips from the Consumer Federation of America on how to get real debt relief:

1. Try to resolve your debt issues with your creditors one on one. You may be in a position to able to get your credit card interest rate reduced, late charges forgiven, and your monthly payments reduced.

2. Contact a nonprofit credit counseling service for advice. It may be possible to work out a plan through the credit counseling service to pay off the debts over time. To find the nearest nonprofit credit counseling services, consumers can contact the National Foundation for Credit Counseling or the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies.

3. Know your rights. Ask your Attorney General’s Office if state law limits the amount or timing of debt settlement fees in your state. Find your state AG at

4. Read the fine print. Walk away if the contract doesn’t contain the promises that were made to you, or if the contract contradicts what you were told.

5. Look for services that charge a fee only after the service actually negotiates debts.

6. Take immediate action if you can’t make your home loan or auto payments. (In some cases, debt settlement services can’t address home mortgage or secured auto loans.) Contact your lender to discuss loan modification options. immediately to try to work out new payment arrangements.

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May 10, 2010

Democrats Pushing Debt Settlement Bill

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Last week, Democrat Senators Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced the “Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act.” This debt relief bill would limit the fees that a debt settlement company would be able to charge a consumer for debt settlement services. If passed, the new law would mandate written disclosures before debt reduction services were performed and include a provision for the right to cancel for a full refund. These new laws are intended to impact debt service like subprime loans have been impacted by the Dodd-Frank Bill.

According to a press release from the Council of Better Business Bureaus, BBBs across the nation have received more than 3,500 complaints about debt settlement companies since the beginning of the recession in 2007.  Many consumers complained that the debt settlement programs did not work.  Some people even accused the debt settlement companies of increasing their debt.  Credit card debt settlement can leave consumers liable for a lawsuit from a credit card company, in addition to having wages garnished.

A number of consumers who quit the program say they were not refunded for payments they had made.  The debt settlement bill comes after a hearing last week during which the U.S. Government Accountability Office testified about the results of a covert investigation into the debt settlement industry’s practices. It found that most companies it mystery shopped charged an upfront fee before any services were performed, and nearly all of them told the undercover callers to stop paying their creditors. In some cases, a consumer’s payments into the program would go entirely toward fees for up to four months.  Certainly debt settlement can be a successful financial tool for consumers to get out of debt, but it should be a last resort. The FTC explains the pros and cons of various debt relief options in this fact sheet, “Knee Deep in Debt.”

The Better Business Bureau warns of the following red flags for unscrupulous debt settlement companies:  High upfront fees.

  • Guarantees of debt reduction by specific amounts.
  • Claims that the process will be swift or easy.

The original article was written by Leslie McFadden for

February 1, 2010

Debt Relief Great 1st Step in Credit Repair

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One of the most effective steps in credit restoration is debt consolidation.  Debt consolidation loans were very popular with homeowners until the credit crunch of 2008.  Millions of consumers who were burdened by credit card debt we now seeking alternative solutions to eliminate their credit card debt. Almost every day sees a new posting somewhere about debt consolidation, its benefits.

As many people have experienced personally, credit repair can be time-consuming and paying a credit repair company for their services can be costly. So if you’re already behind, trusted credit repair companies will most likely suggest you look into debt relief if debt consolidation loans are not a viable option. Due to the challenging landscape of credit repair, it is critical for your finances to be stable and monthly bills to be paid on time to prevent further damage.

Does Debt Settlement Harm Your Credit?

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Does debt settlement affect your credit negatively?
Yes, quite often debt settlement will make your credit scores drop, at least during the months you are building your account for the debt negotiations.  However, consumer credit counseling, bankruptcy and most debt management programs will also damage your credit, but in most cases, consumers can get their credit to rebound quickly after debt settlement.  It is amazing what credit repair can do to rebuild your credit profile.

As soon as you have the ability, I recommend starting a savings plan. Saving even a little bit each pay-period enables you to stop using your credit cards for the unexpected expenses that can arise frequently. Saving is essential to grow your wealth and prevent consumer debt. Check with your bank to set up an automatic transfer to savings via payroll deduction or direct deposit.

Read the complete article > Debt Settlement Solution or Scam? The debt relief article was written by Jeff Morris from the US Debt Relief Firm.

January 29, 2010

Debt Relief Services for Affiliate Marketing

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The debt relief industry continues to expand with debt settlement, debt management, consumer credit counseling and bankruptcy filings rapidly soaring.  The Debt Relief Business and specifically, the attorney based debt resolution model is considered the new and preferred way of helping consumers settle their credit card debt.  Early on, we’re talking maybe a year and a half ago most sales offices believed that their dreams had been answered after the subprime mortgage meltdown, as promoting loan modification was the easiest money they’d ever seen.  Alongside modifying, loan officers, credit repair affiliates, mortgage brokerages and accountants alike became debt settlement affiliates with multiple net branches, but limited to green states.

The Federal Reserve announced more low rates for mortgage refinancing for all 50 states! $6,500 Tax Credit for First Time Home Buyers seeking FHA Home Loans.

Today, and with even greater confidence, the loan modification professionals see the debt relief business as the way to go and are quickly moving to promoting debt settlement, synonymous with debt resolution except debt resolution is performed by attorneys.  Attorney Based Debt Resolution also has several advantages to the debt settlement processing model, including the ability to service consumers in 48 states.

September 21, 2009

Consumers Warming up to Debt Settlement for Credit Card Debt Relief

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Debt settlement and the debt negotiation industry has grown significantly in this weak economy.  The available credit has all but dried up for American consumers seeking unsecured credit lines yet the interest on their credit card debt continues to rise.

With incomes decreasing nationally and the unemployment teetering at 10%, many consumers no longer have the ability to pay back their unsecured creditors that hold their credit card accounts.  Most of these people are delinquent on their credit card bills and very few qualify for a traditional debt consolidation loan, because if they own a home, they likely lost their equity during the housing crisis.

Consumers are considering bankruptcy, credit counseling and debt settlement that negotiate reduced credit card balances if funds are offered to pay off the credit card debt.  More and more people are comfortable with the debt settlement, because it allows them to become debt free in 12- 18 months.  Credit can be reestablished quicker after debt settlement than a bankruptcy, because the chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies are reported by Trans Union, EquiFax and Experian for seven to ten years.

August 31, 2009

New Consumer Protection Laws to Reform Debt Settlement Loan Modification and Mortgage Industries

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In an effort to curb fraud and eliminate scams, State and Federal regulators are moving swiftly to reform the mortgage, debt relief and loan modification industries.  As the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act continue to make their way through Congress, it is clear this potential mortgage lending and settlement legislation could be just the beginning of an onslaught of future regulatory reform lawmakers will use to help protect consumers even more aggressively. The bill would fundamentally change the home lending market, placing tighter restrictions on nonprime mortgage lending. Perhaps more importantly, it would require mortgage lenders to establish what the bill calls a “duty of care” in proving borrowers could repay a loan and that mortgage refinancing gave them a net tangible benefit.

At the same time, banking and mortgage industry regulators are feeling much more empowered under the Obama administration than they were during the previous one. More stringent regulatory exams, a rising number of enforcement actions and the growing number of financial institution closings during the first quarter of this year are evidence of this fact.

These new rules are very different from those of previous years that required a simple update to a loan document or disclosure. Instead, these changes will demand mortgage lenders change the way they do business, revising and improving operational and compliance risk management processes entirely.  The myriad of federal and state anti-predatory lending laws are one subset of consumer-focused regulatory requirements lenders must comply with, but they present some of the most confusing and complex compliance changes facing mortgage relief companies and lenders.

August 17, 2009

American Consumers Charged the Credit Card Debt

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Richard Geisst, a Manhattan College finance professor and former investment banker published a new book, “Collateral Damaged: The Marketing of Consumer Debt to America.” In the book, Geisst traces America’s credit history and finds it riddled with sleepy regulators, congressional nit-wits and sinister financial firms making euphemistic lures to consumers. “A credit card offers $10,000 of credit, not debt. It has a friendlier ring,” he writes.

Consumer debt is at an all-time high, exceeding $2.5 trillion, or $8,000 per person, making it as American as apple pie and apparently equally tasty. But The Great American Debt Machine, as Geisst calls it, is hardly new. Sears established its consumer credit operation nearly 100 years ago, and automobiles have been sold “on time” since 1916. The American debt machine really began roaring in the ’20s, when consumer debt doubled. But fewer than 20% of the population bought anything on credit then.

Credit cards hit the scene with Charg-It after World War II, followed by Diners Club and American Express. Diners Club and American Express required payment in full, however, so their credit card holders couldn’t get in over their heads. Plastic as we know it began about 50 years ago, with Bank of America’s BankAmericard (now Visa) letting card holders finance purchases over time, paying interest on unpaid balances.

Geisst says there are several significant factors beginning in the 1980s played a major role creating the current financial chaos:

o •Variable-rate credit cards and adjustable-rate mortgages shifted credit risks from lenders to borrowers.

o •Financial firms gleefully packaged and traded their debt, making credit easier to obtain than at any other time in history.

o •The Tax Reform Act of 1986 abolished the deductibility of interest, except for mortgages, leading to a stampede toward home-equity loans, on which interest remains deductible, to finance credit card purchases.

In the ’90s, Geisst says, Congress and community activists encouraged excessive lending to low-income groups, expanding the subprime mortgage market. And a 1998 tax law increasing tax-free capital gains on residences to $500,000 per couple “proved to be an irresistible lure for those who thought they could flip their homes for a profit after two years.”

Debt cravings turned to crisis this decade, Geisst writes, as lenders packaged debts and cleared them off their books; regulators relied on bond rating companies to do their work; mortgage originations hit a record $4 trillion (over 13% were subprime also called bad credit mortgages); and bank card customers used plastic to pay for $4.34 trillion worth of purchases. “In order to achieve the American Dream, average American families were going into more debt given the low growth in incomes, factoring in inflation,” the author writes. But Geisst puts excessive blame on consumers without evidence of bad behavior. He maintains that large numbers of homeowners used home-equity loans to run up credit card charges, but he concedes that no statistics confirm this. And the author says the “average American has over 13 credit cards.” In truth, consumers have only about five cards on average, 42% of card holders don’t carry balances and about a quarter of Americans have no credit cards.

How to stop the insanity? Geisst calls for mandatory debt counseling for borrowers who pay only minimums on credit cards; tighter restrictions on tax-free residential capital gains, consumer credit and mortgage approvals; and new laws reinstating state usury ceilings, punishing predatory lenders and creating a Consumer Financial Protection Agency like the one the Obama administration has proposed. Government regulation may help stem America’s debt problems, but the recession will probably do even more to make consumers and lenders more cautious. Book Review and Article was written by Richard Eisenberg.

Credit Card Debt Charge Offs Rise

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A recent article released new info that charged off credit card debt in the U.S. continues to rise for credit card companies like Capital One.  Most analysts believe that the credit crunch will continue as home foreclosures, delinquencies, charge-offs and debt settlement cases keep rising. Finance giant, Capital One reported that they charged off $524.9 million in U.S. credit card debt in July, which is equal to an annualized net charge off rate of 9.83%, the highest charge-off rate of the year. It is also up from June’s rate of 9.73%. Read the complete credit card news post >Credit Crunch and Tightened Home Financing

June 4, 2009

Debt Settlement Debt Management or Bankruptcy

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For those consumers who can no longer to afford minimum credit card payments, Ethan Ewing, president of offers tips to help consumers understand their odebt relief ptions for help, including: “Now that credit card reform legislation has passed, it’s a great time for consumers to take control of their debt,” said Ewing . “To do so, consumers need to understand the available debt relief options.”

Debt settlement. A debt settlement company works on consumers’ behalf to lower principal balances due, often obtaining savings of 50 percent of the total debt. The firm does not make monthly payments to creditors, but rather negotiates with the consumer’s creditors while the consumer accumulates funds for the settlement. Debt settlement firms charge consumers a fee for their services, typically a percentage of the debt enrolled or a percentage of the debt reduced.

Consumers who persist with a debt settlement plan can resolve their debts in two to three years at significantly lower cost than that of a debt management plan. Debt settlement typically provides better repayment terms than a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing and does not leave a permanent bankruptcy judgment on one’s record.

Debt settlement may have a negative impact on credit ratings and profiles and is best suited for consumers in serious financial hardship who cannot afford to make minimum payments on bills and who cannot afford the higher monthly obligation typical debt management programs require.

Debt management. Debt management companies, also known as credit counseling agencies, maintain pre-arranged agreements with credit card companies to lower interest rates on a consumer’s existing debt to a creditor-issued “concession rate.” Debt management companies collect a monthly fee from consumers, as well as revenue from the credit card companies called “Fair Share” payments.

In debt management plans, monthly payments decrease, but principal amounts owed do not. Consumers who are able to continue with the payment plans typically can pay off debt in approximately five years. Debt management plans also require higher monthly payments than debt settlement programs, and are best suited for individuals who are facing a less-severe financial hardship than a typical debt settlement customer.

Bankruptcy. Bankruptcy Attorneys concur that BK’s can leave a severe negative impact on a filer’s credit rating for many years. Credit repair is not as easy as some debt counselors may lead you to believe. Under bankruptcy reform enacted in 2005, it is harder and more expensive to obtain than it used to be. Under the new law, fewer people can eliminate most consumer debt by filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, taking more people to Chapter 13 filings. Chapter 13 requires consumers to pay back debt on a repayment plan (which can take up to five years), while still suffering the negative repercussions of a bankruptcy on their credit reports and public records. Generally considered a last resort, consumers considering a bankruptcy filing should speak to a bankruptcy attorney licensed in their state.

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Debt Settlement is Hip

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Debt negotiations have become the hip choice for savvy consumers looking to rid their lives of adjustable rate credit card debt. In a recent article, Hector Milla offers suggestions for debt management. He recommends choosing a debt settlement company that has experience negotiating with the finance companies that hold the notes on credit card debt. In the article he reminds us about the pressure that comes with high cost variable rate credit card debt that can get out of hand almost over-night.

When financial obligations begin to mount and it looks like you have no options for becoming debt free, consider debt settlement if you do not qualify for bill consolidation or a second mortgage. A debt settlement company can assist you in improving your financial state by managing and renegotiating outstanding credit card debt. Debt Relief News provides the industry tips and legislation that affects credit, debt, bill collection and bankruptcy laws. > Read original debt negotiations article online.

April 13, 2009

Voice Broadcasting Provides Hot Live Transfer Leads

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A former California mortgage broker operating a growing loan modification company and recently tested “Press 1” leads for foreclosure prevention and was pleased with the live transfer features.  The mortgage relief outreach reported better than average results from poor credit internet loan mod leads and direct mail marketing.  In addition to mortgage, the lead generation companies have reported high conversion ratios with credit counseling and debt settlement companies as well.

The former mortgage lending company is now diversifying their marketing with Voice Broadcasting method and it is a communication technique to reach more number of customers in a simple way. 

The loan modification company likes the efficiency of voice broadcasting leads and says they can be cost-effective with good mortgage data. This lead generation system enables easy management for the loan modification leads. The voice broadcasting leads are available from companies like the Lead Planet and Experian.  Read more at Live Transfer Leads Offer High Conversions When Voice Broadcasting.

March 9, 2009

Better Business Bureau Talks Bill Consolidation, Debt Negotiation and Debt Elimination Programs

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Consumers continue to get hammered by debt settlement and loan modification offers from lending companies to help get them out of debt.  When times are tough, these financial offers look appealing, but are they really the best for you?

Consider offers of debt negotiation, debt settlement, and debt elimination are three different options available to most consumers. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to ensure they understand these critical differences before enlisting the help of a company to manage their debt or they could end up making their current financial situation worse.

The unemployment rate in the United States rose from 7.2 to 7.6 % in January according to the U.S. Department of Labor and more families are struggling to make ends meet. While the unemployment rate continues to rise, so do complaints filed with BBB against companies that claim to help consumers manage their debt. In fact complaints against debt consolidation and negotiation companies rose by almost 19 % in 2008 over the previous year.

“Consumers are bombarded every day with ads and e-mails offering services to manage or reduce debt and it’s hard to know which offer will work for them, let alone if the company can be trusted,” said Kathy Barrett, President. “Families in debt may think their situation can’t get any worse, but trusting the services of some debt negotiation, consolidation or elimination firms can actually lead to increased debt and bigger headaches.” Article was submitted by Tammy Dankovich.

Mortgage Modification Affect Credit Reports

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Maintaing affordable home loans with mortgage modification plans remains a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s housing relief programs for distressed homeowners. Obama’s mortgage relief team allocated $75 billion for an initiative that would reward loan servicing companies for reducing mortgage payments for five years, after which they would rise to today’s current mortgage interest rates which,  remain in the glorious 5% range.  How long will that last? Nobody really knows…

By now, most homeowners understand that a foreclosure judgment is a “significant ding” that will reflect in the credit score and perception of manual underwriting for many years to come. Being delinquent on your home mortgage payments is a serious issue, but if you or your loss mitigation company are already negotiating with your lender, it certainly doesn’t hurt to attempt to get the lender to remove the delinquencies. It’s amazing how powerful a letter from the creditor says that they “made an error in reporting.” But several readers recently wrote to Lisa Sitkin, in an effort to get clarification on the impact of loan modification and the long standing credit implications. If the lender doesn’t agree, consider credit repair.

Borrowers should also request that prior past-due derogatory comments on the credit reports be changed to reflect new current status after the mortgage loan modification. Read more at Credit Hit from Wave of Loan Modifications?

March 8, 2009

Jason Cardiff Promotes Debt Consolidation

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KMG, President, Jason Cardiff addresses what homeowners should do if they can’t qualify for a loan modification. Cardiff talks about debt settlement and bill consolidation and the positive impact one of these debt negotiating programs can have on a family’s cash flow. KMG does not provide debt consolidation loans or negotiate with credit card companies, but they do manages several comprehensive lead generation campaigns leads to many of the nation’s top debt settlement companies and mortgage lenders.

-Live Transfer Bill Consolidation
-Exclusive Debt Relief Leads Online
-Direct Mail to Consumers in Debt
-Press 1 Campaigns Increase Conversion Rates

February 10, 2009

Generation Debt with 60 Minutes Examining Consumer debt

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Watch “Generation Debt” a 60 minutes Video Spotlighting Consumer debt

This video highlights the growing concerns of mounting consumer credit card debt. Watch this In depth analysis by 60 minutes of Gen Y and their credit card use.

February 9, 2009

US Consumer Credit Falls Fourth Time in Five Months

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In a recent Bloomberg article, discussions of consumer debt declining woke up many debt-ridden families to wonder what they were doing wrong.  The pace of borrowing by US consumers fell in December for the fourth time in five months as the deepening recession and restrictions on bank lending crimped purchases.   Consumer credit fell by $6.6 billion, or 3.1 % at an annual rate, to $2.56 trillion, according to a Federal Reserve report released today in Washington. In November, credit decreased by $11 billion, more than previously estimated and the biggest drop since records began in 1943. Many Americans are losing their homes to foreclosure, but as their spending habits decrease, so have their debts.

Borrowing may shrink further with banks continuing to make it harder to get loans as they grapple with mounting losses and write-downs. Demand for credit is also sliding after consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 % of the economy, posted a record six months of declines.   “The situation is ugly and will only get uglier,” said Richard Yamarone, director of economic research at Argus Research Corp. in New York. “Businesses are slashing jobs at an accelerated pace, and consumers are retrenching just as fast. The economy is in a freefall, and the severe contraction in credit underscores the crisis.”

Before today’s release, economists forecast consumer credit would drop $3.5 billion in December, according to the median of 30 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey. The Fed initially reported a $7.9 billion decrease in consumer borrowing in November.   Get more debt news as it posts.

Rebuilding Your Credit

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Millions of Americans continue to struggle with high rate debt and liabilities they can no longer afford.  Bad credit happens when average men and women fall behind on their credit card bills and other debt payments because of unemployment, lack of employment, or the unavoidable challenges of life.  If you have gotten yourself in this state of affairs, it is a good idea to take command of the situation rather than letting your bad credit to get worse. In this article you’ll learn the most to the point method of regaining control over your bad credit and on the road to zero debt.

1.    Get Your Equifax, Experian and/or Transunion Report. Some balance carriers are merely a few billing cycles behind on their credit card bills due to financial hardships, and they may have forgotten about several unpaid bills that are bringing their fico score south. A few of us have gotten ourselves so far back in credit card bill payments that we have lost track of what is due!