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CFPB Finishes Payday Lending Rule, Hopes to End ‘Debt Traps’

Payday loans are often very dangerous to consumers because their high interest rates make it easy for debtors to fall behind on their payments. Naturally, New York bankruptcy cases often include payday loans. Consequently, a few years ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began drafting a rule that would regulate payday lenders while not . . . → Read More: CFPB Finishes Payday Lending Rule, Hopes to End ‘Debt Traps’

ProPublica Finds Significant Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy Outcomes

Ideally, debtors’ circumstances and not their ethnicities should influence bankruptcy chapter choices. According to a ProPublica study from September, however, the United States falls far short of that ideal. In a series of articles, the advocacy group’s researchers discuss the significant racial disparities in debtors’ chapter choices and outcomes: Specifically, black debtors tend to file . . . → Read More: ProPublica Finds Significant Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy Outcomes

Bankruptcy Reform Reduced Filings, Increased Insolvency, Foreclosure

The Wall Street Journal article I referred to in my post on what debtors should do when they’re too poor to afford bankruptcy filing fees cited a pair of articles by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that I missed. In 2015 the branch explored the effects the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Protection and Consumer . . . → Read More: Bankruptcy Reform Reduced Filings, Increased Insolvency, Foreclosure

Can Bankruptcy Make You Smarter?

Intuition tells us that debt causes difficult health problems, and in recent years researchers have carefully established this fact. One study even found that debt can kill people: As many as 12,000 Americans died because of debt during the great recession. Scientists are also exploring the effects of poverty on cognition, and the results are . . . → Read More: Can Bankruptcy Make You Smarter?

Record Consumer Debt Coincides with Higher Credit-Card Delinquencies

In mid-August The Washington Post ran an article in its business section warning of the perils of consumer debt returning to record high levels. “Haven’t we learned?” it moans. The better question is, “So what?” It appears the author has not learned that population growth, higher incomes, different debt compositions, and low interest rates should . . . → Read More: Record Consumer Debt Coincides with Higher Credit-Card Delinquencies

Prepetition Debts and Paying Bills in Bankruptcy

Debtors in New York bankruptcy sometimes misunderstand the difference between paying a prepetition debt that they intend to discharge and paying their regular bills while in bankruptcy. The difference is important because debtors can stop paying some debts in bankruptcy, but neglecting the wrong debt can result in the same consequences as though the bankruptcy . . . → Read More: Prepetition Debts and Paying Bills in Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy vs. Paying Down Debts With Savings

Not all debtors who file New York bankruptcy do so with no assets, no job, and no secured debts. For these debtors, a straight chapter 7 bankruptcy will suit them perfectly. Other debtors, though, may have more at stake. They may have savings, for instance, that offer a choice: file bankruptcy or try paying off . . . → Read More: Bankruptcy vs. Paying Down Debts With Savings

New York Fed: Higher College Costs Translates to Less Homeownership

The New York Fed is apparently very interested in the effects of college costs on young Americans’ home buying. The central bank branch explored the topic of student loans leading to lower homeownership rates in April, but in July it looked at it from a different angle: how public university tuition costs relate to homeownership. . . . → Read More: New York Fed: Higher College Costs Translates to Less Homeownership

Bankruptcy: Safer Than a Multi-Level-Marketing Company

People with teetering finances frequently seek alternatives to New York bankruptcy. It seems to be a sensible thing to do, but wherever there are people who need to make quick money, there will be others who will sell them what they want to hear—and nothing else. One example you may have heard of is multi-level-marketing . . . → Read More: Bankruptcy: Safer Than a Multi-Level-Marketing Company

Bankruptcy Is a Better Solution to Debt Than Suicide

A few weeks ago a married New York City couple wrapped up their affairs and leapt from their ninth-story chiropractic office. They carried small plastic bags in their pockets containing identification and notes. One pointed to a “financial spiral” that made it impossible for them to live with their “financial reality.” Reporters discovered that they . . . → Read More: Bankruptcy Is a Better Solution to Debt Than Suicide