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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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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What backs credit cards?

I'm admittedly a novice when it comes to finance, so this may be a stupid question... Are credit cards backed by actual money? To clarify, when I get approved for a credit card with a $10,000 ...
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Can creditors force sale of shares to pay debt?

Can creditors force us to sell our shares in order to pay or reduce debts owed or perhaps put a court order in place in order that we use any income from them to reduce any debt? (We are in the ...
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Is it better to use cash when cards offer discounts

I am new to budgeting and managing my own finances and have a simple question. Is it better to use cash when credit or debit cards offers discounts. The city I live in, some shops and services offer ...
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What happens to consumer debt if a country defaults on its debt?

What happens to consumer debt if a country defaults on its debt? Also, how will a debt default by a country affect government-backed loans such as mortgages and student loans?
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Is it totally legal to refuse the payment of mature commercial paper debt?

I was reading up about commercial paper on investopedia. It says that commercial paper is a form of short-term unsecured debt. It then goes on to say that Commercial paper is not usually backed ...
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What I can possibly do about the future once my student loans are paid off and I have no savings?

I attended a private institution in the USA for higher education and as a result I pay monthly student loan payments so expensive they rival my rent payments. I try not to think very hard about this ...
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“Pay to Delete” letter for removing an entry from my credit report. Legit?

I am negotiating with a collection agency over payment of around $2500. Talking on the phone with them, it seems that I can't get an unequivocal "yes" to delete their entry from my credit report on ...
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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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How to pay bills for one month while waiting for new job?

I recently, and unexpectedly, lost my job. Because I had summers off (no paychecks either), I've been using my credit cards for most purchases, saving what cash I had saved from the previous year to ...
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Does there exist a kind of loan where no part of principal is paid, while interest is still paid?

I know that when debt is being re-paid, one pays interests along with repayment of some parts of debt principal. However, I am wondering a case where no part of debt principal is re-paid while ...
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What to do when institutions stopped lending you money?

I know the question seems confusing, but this is a real life event. My friend lived beyond his means for a few years, combined with half year of unemployment his Credit Card Debt went to the roof. ...
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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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Is debt almost always the cause of crashes and recessions?

It seems every great crash, the underlying fundamentals always point to an ever increasing debt until it becomes unsustainable and bursts. How true would you say is that statement above?
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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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Employer will refund me the cost of college, should I risk going further into debt?

I’m currently working towards paying off my debt. It’s something I despise. I had some emergency hospital bills come in this year. That and I have two new cars that I bought and they have turned out ...
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How would a collection against me affect my credit

I went to a new city two weeks ago and rented a 2011 Civic in the meantime. On the last week of the rental, someone hit my car in the front bumper in a parking lot. The damage was a 2 by 3 inch dent ...
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Paying off student loan or using that money for a downpayment on a house

I am 22 years old, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and I am a recent graduate. I approximately owe 22,000 dollars in student debt (all federal student loans at a fixed rate). My job pays me around 50,000 ...
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Can the IRS freeze a business Bank account?

My credit score is really bad, it used to be in the high 700s but is now about as bad as you can imagine. I owe a lot of debt including IRS, credit cards, banks, loans, etc. I now need to start a ...
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Can a jobless person get a home equity loan if he has other sources of income such as stock dividends?

Suppose a jobless person has a fully paid property. He wants to take out a home equity loan. Will the bank reject his loan application due to his lack of salary income as a jobless person? This person ...
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Extended family investment or pay debt and save

I'm 25 and my wife is 24. My extended family is about to start a new investment fund, where every member basically contributes an amount between $50-$100 (amount per person) monthly. The purpose is to ...
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Should I save for my children's university education in Canada, or am I better off paying off loans and gaining debt room?

Looking at the financial aid system in Canada, it seems that significantly more aid is available for those who do not have savings or lack the ability to directly pay for their education. As a member ...
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Putting debt out long when interest rates are low?

This is something I heard once from a caller on a financial radio program. What does it mean and what is the logic behind this statement?
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When applying for a mortgage, can it also cover outstanding debts?

When applying for a mortgage, can you also add some extra on (£10k) to cover car finance? Or is there any benefit of keeping them separate?
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Any US Gov program for under water mortgages when still making payments?

I am trying to help out one of my friends that is in a financial bind. Several years ago he purchased a house because he could build up more value then if he kept renting. At the time it looked like ...
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Grad student - Pull money from 401k, or get student loan?

I went back to school after a few years in industry. The PhD has a stipend, but it doesn't quite go far enough. I'm dipping into savings each month. I'm looking for a little extra cushion. I have a ...
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Can I pay a collection agency in a way that will improve my credit score?

Finally, I've got cash in the bank. But this comes after a few years of building up a credit card debt of about $5,000 and not paying it off. A collection agency has come after me. I'm sure my ...
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Under which conditions does it make sense for a Canadian investor to put their mortgage in their RRSP?

Canada allows investors to use their retirement fundings (RRSPs) as part of a loan to themselves, which can fund the buying of a house. When does it make sense to take advantage of this?
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What debts are both partners liable for in a 'community property' state?

I've just come across this article over on the mintlife blog and noticed that I do live in one of the ten community property states. I'm not overly familiar with this particular concept (keep in mind ...
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How to Dispute a Medical Bill that Went to Collections

I had a 2-hour ER visit for a biking accident at an out-of-network location in 2014, and provided the insurance information at check-in. Four months later the hospital and the doctors (charging ...
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How can someone with a new job but no credit history get a loan to settle another debt?

I was recently hit with a large personal debt, something that can't go against my credit score, but might if it ever went to court/collections. However, it came unexpectedly, and I am now looking for ...
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Settle credit card debt now or wait

Several years ago, I had 3 credit cards. After having financial issues (job loss and several other unfortunate events), I was not able to keep up with the monthly payments. I stopped payments on all ...
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Is it better to spread debt out on multiple credit cards or consolidate it to just a few?

Is it better to spread out my credit card debt so that each of my cards is at around 30% of my limit or is it better to consolidate it all to just one or two cards even if these end up being at close ...
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What to do with this cash- pay off ONE card, or pay down a few?

I've got a $5k payment coming through with about $12k in CC debt, over 4 cards. 1 card is at $3000 (total line is $4k), 14.8% interest rate, another at $3450(total line is 4.5k), 19.3% interest rate, ...
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How long does it take to have no credit history?

In considering my 5-10-20 year goals recently, one of them is to not use debt - whether credit card, mortgage, car loan, etc - even on a monthly basis. I currently am young, single, and have no debt ...
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How do I calculate the benefit of contributing to 401K vs paying off consumer debt?

I have a ~$15,000 loan with a 6% interest rate. My company matches half of my 401K contributions up to 6%, and I am in a 25% tax bracket. I currently contribute 15% of my income to my 401K. How do ...
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Should I consolidate loans and cards, or just cards, leaving multiple loans?

I will start off by saying that I suck with credit cards. I just can't manage them, and if I have access to them, I end up impulse spending money. I should not need to; I earn great money, but I seem ...
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Does paying off a car loan increase or reduce a persons credit score?

I know that closing credit card accounts reduces the number of open credit lines, and paying off a car loan would also reduce the number of credit lines. I have had the car loan for over 3 years, it ...
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How to start a business when you owe the IRS and Everyone else?

My history: In 2006 I was doing pretty well, my online ventures were doing around $30k profit a month however I am a programmer and did not run the business side of it well at all. (taxes, forming a ...
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Repaying Debt and Saving - Difficult Situation

I apologize ahead of time if this is too simple a matter for this Stack Exchange. My mother has been in a sticky financial situation for a while now, and I was hoping to get a little bit of help, and ...
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Debt Consolidation, trade down car, or both?

I'm a recent graduate, working full time (started in January). I have an average of 21.318% APR across 5 credit cards with a debt totaling $11,137, at $302 monthly min. CC #1: $2493 at 13.4%, $62 ...
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How can I build up my credit history when I have nearly none

I am trying to build up my credit, but I'm not sure how to. Currently, I only have 2 minor things on my report. Both are not necessary good. I owe $75 to a company(which I plan on paying now that I ...
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Taxes on debts forgiven in a record TV giveaway

Last night, John Oliver shattered the record for biggest TV giveaway in history, giving nearly 9000 people nearly $15M in forgiven medical debts. When Oprah gave away cars in the previous record ...
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College Debt/Collections

I graduated from a community college in Alabama 10 years ago on scholarship. I receive a call from an attorney a few months ago regarding unpaid tuition/fees from this particular college.He is ...
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How to interpret this paragraph from a credit card company

A credit card company has sent me an offer of a balance transfer with 0% interest until November 2017. Their Q&A section has this question: Q: If I take advantage of this offer, will it affect ...
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How could USA defaulting on its public debt influence the stock/bond market?

Ok, let's face it... US public debt is high and people are starting to wonder if the country might default on its debts. How would this hit United States' stock market, its bonds, or its currency? ...
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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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How can I manage my Credit Card Debt in Australia?

35K in credit card debt and personal debt (17K Credit Card 16% interest rate, 18K Personal Debt,Variable Rate 5yrs & 8mths remaining). I used the advice in Battling the credit car debt in ...
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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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