Credit Card debt in America, the sequel. (Will it be worse than the original?)

We’ve all seen a movie and then looked forward to the sequel. Usually, the second film isn’t as good as the first, and we leave the theater somewhat disappointed. But, sometimes, part II is even better than the original, and we walk out thoroughly entertained.

So, when we talk about the horror film of credit card debt in the United States, American consumers are ...

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Hey Sacramento – what’s in YOUR wallet? Income, employment, real estate, and other consumer financial statistics for Sactown.

Turn on the TV news, read the headlines or social media, or even pick up your daily newspaper and you’ll probably encounter a lot of talk about the economy. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you read about financial statistics like our U.S national debt, unemployment rates, and even homeownership rates. But ...

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Hey Sacramento – what’s in YOUR wallet? Examining the average credit score, debt, and consumer spending in Sactown.

We regularly hear about financial statistics like national debt, unemployment rates, and even homeownership levels in the U.S. Whether it’s on the TV news, in the newspaper, or via news reports online, it seems like we can’t escape data about our economy – and the individual consumers in it. However, there is one ...

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Fight! Fight! FICO and Vantage Score duke it out over which scoring system will be used for mortgage lending.

Fight! Fight!

A brawl has erupted, and everyone’s circling around to watch. But instead of being schoolyard fisticuffs, this imbroglio is over which credit score lenders will use for home loans.

For as long as we can remember, lenders used FICO scores to decide whether a borrower qualified for a mortgage loan, which was then sold to the credit giants Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

But ...

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American Shopping Holidays; 25 Facts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Last year, about 137 million Americans – about half of our adult population – flocked to malls, shops, and their favorite retailers on Black Friday. They’re spending big bucks, as U.S. consumers will throw down about $61.4 billion in sales this year, up from $41 billion in 2008. (In total, we’re expected to spend about $682 billion this holiday season!)

The name “Black ...

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How often should you check your credit?

When was the last time you checked your credit? Was it six months ago? The last time you refinanced or purchased your home? Or even years ago, so far back you’re not even sure?

Well, just like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, getting your oil changed, and filing your taxes, you should be checking your credit report carefully at regular periods.

However, ...

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In Debt we Trust?

I came across a statistic the other day that gave me pause and made me reflect upon what so many people are doing wrong when it comes to their finances.

According to recent surveys, about 50% of Americans die completely broke.

Even worse, most people pass away not only with a net worth of zero but addled with significant debt. In many cases, that debt ...

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