Archive for: ‘January 2014’

Trending Now: Consumer Spending on the Rise, Personal Incomes Remain Flat

January 31, 2014 Posted by kingcade

The Commerce Department has reported that consumer spending increased 0.4 percent after rising by a revised 0.6 percent in November. Consumer spending recorded its strongest gain in three years in the fourth quarter, helping lift the economy to a 3.2 percent annual growth rate.

However, income was unchanged last month after rising 0.2 percent in November. This is a possible reflection of the end of jobless benefits for approximately 1.3 million long-term unemployed last month. Weak income growth combined with strong spending means less savings for Americans. The saving rate – the percentage of disposable income households are saving – fell to an 11-month low of 3.9 percent in December.

Both inflation measures remain stuck below the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target. That suggests that the Federal Reserve, which is gradually reducing the amount of money it is supplying the economy, will hold interest rates near zero for a while.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Five Common Debt Traps and how to avoid them

January 29, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Consumer debt stands at more than $3 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Below are five of the top debt traps Americans face and how you can avoid them.

1.) Job loss.Unemployment is steadily improving; but the level still remains above 7 percent. Unemployment or underemployment is the number one reason people seek financial counseling. Having an emergency savings fund totaling three to six months’ living expenses can help bridge the gap between jobs, if necessary.

2.) Medical costs. An unexpected illness can be emotionally and financially devastating, even for those with health insurance. It’s tempting to choose lower healthcare coverage to bring down a monthly premium. But those who forgo needed medication to mediate costs can face substantially higher emergency and ambulatory costs. Those with chronic health conditions or medication needs should consider a plan that’s more all-inclusive.

3.) Credit card overuse. When expenses increase and income decreases, many turn to credit cards to cover the difference. When managing credit card debt, pay off the cards with the highest interest rates first.

4.) Loss of a partner. Whether going through a divorce or losing a spouse to an illness, the loss of a partner can be financially devastating. Many times, this loss cannot be predicted. Paying down debt and building savings can provide a cushion if tragedy strikes.

5.) Student loans. The average student loan balance among borrowers is more than $24,000 and 66 percent of all bachelor’s degree recipients incur student loan debt. In some circumstances, student loan payments can be postponed through deferment or forbearance- sometimes these can even be forgiven. Federal lenders also offer extended payment and loan consolidation programs, which can extend the term of the loan and lower your monthly payments.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Toni Braxton Bounces Back after Bankruptcy

January 28, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Just months after resolving her bankruptcy troubles, R&B singer Toni Braxton has purchased a $3 million home, according to TMZ.com. She landed in financial trouble, again in 2010 when she filed for bankruptcy a second time listing debts of between $10 million and $50 million. She settled the case by paying $150,000 last July and now appears to be back on track financially.
Braxton’s recently purchased home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms and is in the same region as pop star Justin Bieber’s home in Calabasas, California.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

NFL Quarterback Vince Young Files for Bankruptcy

January 22, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Former NFL and University of Texas quarterback Vince Young has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Houston federal bankruptcy court listed Young had estimated assets between $500,001 and $1 million and liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million. The 30-year-old is fighting two lawsuits stemming from a $1.8 million loan obtained in his name during the 2011 NFL lockout. The original loan amount has grown to $2.5 million with interest. A court has granted a judgment against Young to Pro Player Funding, the company that made the loan. Pro Player Funding has made several attempts to enforce the collection of the judgment, but those efforts remain pending.

Young was a first-round pick by Tennessee in 2006, and he reportedly signed a five-year deal with $25.7 million guaranteed. He reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that was worth up to $5 million in 2011. Young was on Green Bay’s pre-season roster in 2013, but did not make the team.

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If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Homes in Foreclosure Hit 6-year Low

January 21, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Foreclosures are on the decline, according to the latest evidence from RealtyTrac. The U.S. housing market continues to emerge from a deep slump, aided by rising home prices, steady job growth and fewer bad loans. More homeowners are keeping up with their mortgage payments, leading fewer homes to enter the foreclosure pipeline.

Foreclosures totaled 747,728 last year, which is down 33 percent from a year earlier and is the lowest annual level since 2006. As of December, more than 1.2 million properties nationwide were in some stage of the foreclosure process or owned by banks, but not yet sold. That is a decline of 19 percent from a year earlier and 44 percent below their peak of more than 2.2 million homes in December 2010, Realty Trac said.

Florida continues to remain the nation’s foreclosure hotbed and had 306,018 homes in some stage of foreclosure or owned by banks in December. That amounts to a quarter of the national total.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.