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Refund Anticipation Loans

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Every day on the way home, we pass the Liberty Tax Statue of Liberty waving at us. I never have quite figured out why the Statue of Liberty wants me to do my taxes, but I get the idea that they want me to come in and find out. The last time we passed them, […]

Are You Ready to Pay $3 (or more) Per Month to Use Your Debit Card?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Front page in today’s WSJ was an article about how Bank of America is planning to start charging their customers $5 per month when they use their debit cards. Other banks are testing such fees. Why the new fee? According to the article, the fee is in response to a part in the Dodd-Frank Financial […]

Today’s Funny: Debt Collectors Want a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Monday, June 13th, 2011

What a tough job… Debt Collectors Ask to Be Paid a Little Respect

Meet Mr. Shah…

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I wanted to highlight this story that was included in the article I mentioned in my previous post. Morari Shah, a 59-year-old Miami entrepreneur and real-estate investor, is among those taking a radical approach to reducing debts. Since late 2008, he and his wife have slashed their total debt from nearly $1 million to zero […]

9 Reasons to Say “No” to Credit in 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Interesting piece I found on Investopedia this morning: 9 Reasons to Say “No” to Credit. Their nine reasons: 1. Financing your purchases doesn’t teach self control. 2. Financing your purchases means you aren’t sticking to your budget. 3. Credit card interest rates are expensive. 4. Credit card interest rates increase when you can’t pay off […]

“Beauty Matters in Life and Loans…”

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I’m working my way through Meir Statman’s interesting book, What Investors Really Want: Know What Drives Investor Behavior and Make Smarter Financial Decisions. In chapter three of the book, the author makes the following statement: Beauty matters in life and loans alike. Beautiful applicants are more likely to get loans and pay lower interest rates […]

20 Keys for Successfully Negotiating Your Way Out of Debt

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

This afternoon I received a very interesting and timely book, The Road Out of Debt: Bankruptcy and Other Solutions to Your Financial Problems*, by Joan Feeney and Theodore Connolly. This book is a great resource for anyone dealing with debt. Chapter 2 offers up 20 Keys to Successful Negotiating with Creditors along with a few […]

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