Questions tagged [debt]

The debt tag refers to all situations where money is owed to another party, often a bank or other financial institutions. This tag covers how to get out of debt, how much debt to carry, and other borrowing related questions.

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Shouldn't the “credit score” prevent Americans from going deeper and deeper into personal debt?

I'm not from the U.S but I know about the dreaded "credit score" that haunts Americans. I've seen a lot of documentaries and videos on YouTube with people that can't get a loan to buy a house because ...
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What happens with a credit card account in Germany after the card is blocked/closed?

I have an everyday account in a bank in Germany and a Visa credit card account in the same bank. At the end of each month the negative credit card balance is automatically balanced by an automated ...
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Online Sugar daddy offers to pay off Credit card debt [duplicate]

I was chatting with this guy and told him I was an artist. He offered to pay my credit card debt. I told him my parents were already paying it but h insisted that he would pay it off for me and that ...
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Should I take out a personal loan to pay off credit card debt?

My spouse and I have about 40K in credit card debt, in addition to a mortgage payment and student loans. We have been working hard to pay off this debt and have been moving in the right direction. ...
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Risks involved in debt funds and recessions?

I have following questions related to various risks in debt funds: Are gilt funds safe during recession? I feel yes as they invest in government bonds, even though though they involve some inherent ...
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Is it legal to use cash pulled from a credit card to pay the monthly payment on that credit card?

I've got a buddy who is having problems with credit card debt. He had a small business go sour on him and ended up with about 35K of debt that's he struggling to keep under control while looking for ...
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US debt and its creditors [closed]

What does it mean when people say that China and others own US debt and are US creditors?
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Options to repay high interest credit card debt

I have about $14,000 in high interest credit card debt. I am curious as to the best options to attack this issue. CC1 - $9,500 @ 19% CC2 - $4,100 @ 21% I have about $8k in savings I am not willing ...
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Advice for paying off student loans and auto loans now that I have my first 'real' job

I'm hoping for some advice on which loans I should focus on paying off first. I'm 28 and just got my first 'real' job about 2 years ago after 8 years of schooling. I've paid off all my credit card ...
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Strategy to pay off revolving debt while building reserve savings fund?

We currently have about $16K cash. I'd like to have $30-35K+ for a ~6 month reserve. This will be a "single giant reserve fund" that will pay for large and/or unplanned expenses, frivolities like ...
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Why can convertible debts remove some risk?

After I read some articles on convertible debt, I have gained a lot of confusion. When the company (who issues the debt) is doing well, it's kind of like options. But when the company is doing bad, ...
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Can someone else put up the collateral for a loan?

We were talking today at work and I am curious... Say an individual (Mary) is looking at a 20k bank loan. Mary has no assets to secure the loan. Could some else (Joe) (parent, friend, sibling,whoever) ...
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I won USD 50K! Now what should I do with it?

I won a sweepstakes and will be getting USD 50k...it is verified that it is legitimate although no taxes have been taken out so I will have to claim this income on my taxes next year, they will send a ...
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Can you build credit history without getting a credit cards or taking on debt?

As far as I know I have no credit history as I have never had a loan or credit card. I buy things using a debit card tied to my credit union bank account and prefer not to have a credit card at all. I ...
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Which debt(s) to minimize first to improve credit most quickly?

Current score is ~650. Looking to improve my credit as effectively as possible, as I'm looking into houses after getting married next summer. I'm coming off of a tougher employment patch so very much ...
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How hard is it to sell a home which is currently mortgaged?

I'm looking to buy a house for the first time. I've done some homework, and from what I can tell... Buying a house via mortgage in Kentucky is somewhat cheaper than renting an apartment. I need to ...
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Should I prioritize my 401(k) over my student loans?

Lately things have been a bit tight. Between student loan payments, my HSA, my 401(k) and bills my account balance isn't going up or down, its stagnant. I am wondering if I should decrease my savings ...
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My parents claim they cannot pay for my college education; what are my options?

I have divorced parents, one makes a lot more money than the other, but that one (who makes more money) claims due to court rulings he pays a lot of money to the other parent and that they are wasting ...
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Leaving USA with Credit Card debts

My girlfriend is a US-Spanish dual citizen. She has been racking up credit card debt. 60K (7 credit cards). She used to make payments for a long time but she just lost her job and can't anymore. I ...
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Investing in a Roth IRA with a Personal Loan?

Okay this might be a dumb question but here it goes. Does it at all make sense to invest in a Roth IRA contributing the max by taking out a loan? So say I take out a $6k loan at the beginning of the ...
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Mortgage Due Date versus Late Payment Penalty - Can the loan company call me daily?

My mortgage is due on the 1st. I was told paying a week after the 1st to match my paychecks wouldn't be a problem. In fact each and every statement has a date where if I pay after that date, I owe a ...
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Should I pay on student loans in deferment or continue to snowball other debts?

My wife and I both have steady full-time jobs that pay pretty well while also having a good amount in student loan debt. We have other debts too, like a mortgage, credit cards and a car loan. We ...
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Should I take up offers to settle with credit cards

I have been getting offers to call and seek assistance to settle with credit cards. I have so far not considered these but have I missed a trick? Should anyone ever consider these under any ...
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When is the best time to begin the settlement discussion with credit cards to avoid bankruptcy?

I've read a variety of strategies on timing on settlement discussions with credit cards. The common one seems to be to try after first late payment, and then try again after the next. I have not had ...
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Who can truly afford luxury cars?

I never really thought about money until one day I checked how much I made compared to the rest of America. The calculator said my household income is in the top 20%. Kind of funny to me, because I ...
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Debt Consolidation

I currently have a loan that I am paying on that has a 31k balance, with an APR of 9.24. I also have a credit card with a 6300 balance, and the APR is ~17.9%. I have an offer for a consolidation ...
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Chinese Brother-in-Law in Debt Trouble - What can Chinese Citizens do to Manage?

My brother in law built up a large amount of gambling debt two years ago. I guess in an attempt to save face, he hid a portion - 75,000¥ ($11,187) from his family thinking he could pay it off himself. ...
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Is there a way to simulate credit score for settlement vs bankruptcy?

I'm considering either settlement or filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for about $110k in credit card debt. However, it seems like both options will stay on your record for 10 years and also decimate ...
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When to make Credit Card payments on large balance with interest

Consider the following scenario: A credit card has a balance of $5000 that cannot be paid off at this time. Every week I earn $500 that is deposited to my bank. My monthly minimum payment is $200. ...
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Student debt in arrears from living overseas- what to do?

I have been living overseas for 3 years and did not inform the student finance company (stupid, and totally my fault!) and they have recently sent me a letter asking to confirm my employment status- a ...
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How to calculate value of paying down mortgage and removing PMI vs higher interest debts?

How do I calculate which of these is more advantageous to do with a windfall?: pay down my mortgage to the point where PMI will be removed pay off a higher interest loan Assume the amount required ...
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Declaring bankruptcy vs just not paying off large credit card debts (no home, no car or large assets owned)

So I'm considering just letting my credit card debts go unpaid till they close. (The goal was to find some way to pay it off but I need to consider the worst possible case) The reason why I'm ...
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Collecting on a judgement

I was awarded a judgement in a civil court against a company for a fairly large amount (ie 10,000+). The company is Canadian, and in the same province, but not local to my city of residence. Due to ...
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Is it possible to pay off a friend's debt without them being taxed on it?

I'm in England. Let's say my friend has £45,350 salary, and a credit card debt of £5,000. Were I to pay that debt off for them, would that £5,000 from me count as income, increasing their tax bill? ...
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Should I pay off a credit card or a collection balance first?

I have a collection and a credit card with roughly the same balance. I received a bonus and I am able to pay off one of them completely. Which is more beneficial to pay off first?
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F-1 Visa expired - Unable to repay private student loan. What to do?

I was an F-1 student and I graduated with MBA from a top 15 B-school in 2016 and had taken a loan of $85000 (without co-signer). Since my H1B didn't kick in I was forced to quit my job and leave the ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

I am 35 years old, single, and live in the US. My income is 78K to 80K after taxes and insurance. I pay $1,500 for rent+utilities, $150 for phone bill, $450 for auto loan, $300 for auto insurance (...
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Improving credit: what should I do about very old debt; ignore, settle, or pay it in full?

I have about $6,000 of very old debt. It went into collections about 3 years ago when I was in college. Today I have a good job, and I am thinking about the future. I am now interested in improving ...
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What are my options for this high interest student loan?

I have about $13,000 in private student loans that I took out nearly 10 years ago before I knew better. To make a long story short, I graduated about 1.5 years ago and began paying these loans. All ...
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How can I prepare for my US student debt?

I'm a student at Drexel University. Drexel is a notoriously expensive school, and I pay roughly $35,000/yr in tuition, after awards. What's more, it is a five-year school. Currently, I'm in my fourth ...
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What is rolling over debt?

I've been hearing this term quite a bit and I don't really understand what it means. Is it any different from re-financing?
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What should I do with my credit card debt?

I have almost $20,000 in credit card debt and, though I have stopped accumulating it for quite a while now, I'm trying to figure out the best way forward. Can someone please offer advice based on this ...
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High credit card debt strategies - while doing R&D and trying to launch your own tech startup

In 2016, I made a series of hasty startup decisions to put large business purchases on my personal credit cards - that's around 80% of my current $150k in open credit card debt. For the most part, ...
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Open Credit Card Debt and Salary needed to not go bankrupt

I'm in a strange situation with close to $150,000 in open credit card debt and currently can't make the next payment. (While they were initially low-ish APR's. They are all at 16-27% APR or higher.) ...
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What would the formula for loan payoff with daily compounded interest and paid 5 days per wk?

I'm interested in calculating the impact of making payments on my student loans daily (5 payments per wk). For example my current loan is 50,000$ @ 5.05% interest compounded daily. The term of the ...
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Why can't US students borrow at US-bond rates for studies?

Inspired by this question: How can I prepare for my US student debt? I can see the interest rate is a staggering 9%, is it true students can't aquire more cheaper finance? And if it is true, why? ...
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Should I cash out some of my retirement to pay credit card debt?

I'm very recently divorced and have accumulated the following credit card debt, both during my marriage and during my separation, when I struggled to get by while paying both a mortgage and rent on my ...
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Withdrawal from Roth IRA?

I am thinking of withdrawing all of my money from my Roth IRA as of now. I currently only have a balance of $2536 and have only $283 in investment returns. I know, how there will be some taxes ...
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How do I know what and how much my debt is?

I had excellent credit, large amount of savings, and opened a wine bar. As money drained, and debts accrued the landlords got selfish and I didn't have the funds to fight it in court (at the time), ...
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If I carry a lot of debt and few assets, how should I make out a will?

How should I word my will if my debts outweigh my assets? I don't want to leave any family members stuck with a huge bill when I finally pass away, so what should my will say? Clarification: This is ...