Everyone from retail chains, to individuals with medical and credit card debt, and even entire cities can file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is sometimes the only way out of debt and while it may have negative short-term effects, it provides a solution to a problem that so many of us will struggle with at some point in our lives. Financial experts and attorneys define the most common debt as “unsecured”. An example of very common unsecured debt is accrued credit card and medical debt. As we know, This doesn’t always happen as a result of a direct mismanagement of our funds. Life can throw us curve balls in the blink of an eye and put us into financial trouble quickly. A perfect example of this our country’s current crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic. There are also things to consider when deciding whether or not to file bankruptcy such as how it may impact your credit, how long the process takes, and the debt thresholds each type of bankruptcy requires. As every situation is different, so let’s discuss each of the most common types.
There’s no denying the enormous economic impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on American households. Keeping up with fixed expenses such as mortgage payments, electric bills, and car payments has become a major stressor for many. For some, companies are willing to extend due dates, lower interest rates, or even discount the amount owed. That being said, what options are there for student loan borrowers to help during this pandemic? Fortunately, there are options whether your loan is Federal, Private, or through your employer.
The global pandemic, Coronavirus, took every country by surprise, however a large number of countries were proactive to cover their citizens during this period of uncertainty, one of which was the United States of America. The American Government enacted the CARES Act which amongst others, provided stimulus payments to its citizens. The Act was a welcomed initiative to alleviate the hardship that the pandemic posed but a major downside was that it was insufficient and restrictive in its application.
In 2019, decluttering was all the rage. Marie Kondo and The Minimalists became household names. However, did you know that decluttering is also an important thing to do with finances? Many people are overwhelmed by their own financial situation because they either do not understand it or it is just…messy. One of the easiest things you can do to help yourself is simplifying your financial life.
It may seem fruitless to teach small children how money works, but that could not be further from the truth. Helping children to understand the value and purpose of money can lead to a lifetime of sound financial decision-making. However, finance can be a bit of a tough sell to a 5-year-old. Keeping it interesting is an essential aspect of teaching kids anything and finance is no different!