Posts Tagged: ‘consumer credit’

WARNING: Personal Loans with No Credit Check a Bad Idea

March 21, 2016 Posted by kingcade

Lenders who do not require credit checks seem too good to be true.  That’s because they are. These offers are as predatory as payday loans. “Installment loans,” are also something consumers need to beware of.  These loans come with extremely high interest rates, often more than 200%, and lenders do not consider a borrower’s ability to repay the loan.  A paycheck and a bank account are usually all you need to qualify, because lenders withdraw payments electronically, often relentlessly.

It’s no wonder borrowers frequently default or get trapped in new loans.  Consider this: One lender advertises a $2,600, 18-month loan at 187% interest.  That would mean a borrower would repay almost $8,000!

Borrowers usually have low incomes and limited access to traditional forms of credit, according to studies by the Center for Responsible Lending.  Installment loans may seem like a good alternative compared with payday loans, but the exorbitant interest rates make them more harmful in the long run.  Some lenders tack on additional fees, like credit insurance, that drive up the cost of these loans even more.

The increase of these predatory loans have gotten the attention of the U.S. Defense Department that recently expanded regulations to cap the interest rate on all loans at 36% for military members and their families.

There are safer alternatives to no-credit-check loans and installment loans.  If you are in need of cash and have poor credit, your local credit union is a good option.  Most credit unions offer small-dollar loans of $500 and above, and they are often willing to work with you to make the payments affordable, even if you do not have the best credit.  Many also have starter credit cards or loans to help you build a credit history. The interest rate charged by a federal credit union is capped at 18%.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all 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.

Related Resources: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/no-credit-check-installment-loan/

Credit Card Debt on the Rise

February 10, 2016 Posted by kingcade

While the economy indicated signs of financial hardship in November 2015 with low spending, consumers were spending more confidently in December and January with credit card debt increasing at its fastest pace in more than seven years. Outstanding consumer credit, which includes all credit outside of mortgages, increased by an annualized $21.27 billion in December. Economists had only predicted consumer credit would rise $16.5 billion.

Revolving credit, which is mostly credit card debt, rose by $5.84 billion after rising $6.36 billion in November. Since last year, revolving credit rose 5.1 percent. This is the fastest gain since October 2008.

So where were consumers using their credit cards in the fourth quarter? Amazon.com accounted for a vast majority of credit card use, bringing in 51 percent of the total retail sales growth in the fourth quarter. The online retail giant also accounted for 42 percent of total retail sales growth for the entire year. However, companies such as Apple iPhone indicated sales were flat worldwide in December. Apple also forecasted its first yearly decline in sales in 13 years.

Non-revolving credit, including auto and student loans, increased $15.43 billion, up from $7.66 billion in November. However, economists anticipate auto sales will plateau or fall in 2016 from fourth quarter levels.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for 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.

Errors on Consumers Credit Reports- More Common than You Think

July 23, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Consumers are struggling to keep their credit scores up in this economy, and it appears the credit reporting agencies are not making it any easier. The three major credit agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion produce billions of credit reports per year and of this mass amount of reports, an estimated 25 percent contain errors. The errors can be as minor as an incorrect name or birth date.

Consumers are filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, but changes to the system are slow to come. The complaints are citing a breach of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The large amount of errors on consumers’ credit reports is especially troubling, as these are not only accessed by companies issuing credit cards, but also by banks, employers, insurers and many others.

The credit agencies reportedly hired a number of foreign workers to produce credit reports and pay them as little as $0.57 per hour. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been made aware of this issue and is expected to take major steps in addressing the problem sometime this month. It is likely that lawsuits will be filed against some of the credit agencies due to this problem. Consumers are urged to keep a close eye on their credit reports and to report any errors to the Federal Trade Commission.

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

South Florida Ranks Number One in Credit Card Delinquencies

May 31, 2012 Posted by kingcade

CredAbility, a non-profit credit counseling agency, conducted a study of 25 metro areas in the United States to determine the financial standings of major cities across the country. According to the study, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties ranked highest in overall consumer credit card delinquencies. South Florida also ranked fourth of the 25 metro areas with the highest number of bankruptcy filings during the first quarter of 2012.

Much of the credit problems in South Florida can be attributed to lenders handing out credit cards to freely during the recession. Many South Floridians used their credit cards as spending money as they suffered pay cuts and job losses. Over time lenders began taking steps to hold borrowers to higher standards and not lending out money as freely as before. The financial problems for many South Floridians are not expected to ease up until the job market becomes more secure, which could take a couple more years.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-worst-credit-rating-20120515,0,2146740.story?track=rss

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced 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, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Consumer Bureau to Propose New Rules for Mortgage Servicers

May 15, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to propose a straightforward approach to loan administration that should benefit consumers and servicers, which are the firms that loan owners hire to collect payments, disburse taxes and insurance, and chase after delinquent borrowers.

The Bureau hopes to finalize the new rules by this summer and have them take effect by January 2013. However, it is likely that mortgage servicers will be given another year to incorporate the rules into their companies’ practices, which means the actual changes might not be seen until January of 2014.

Below is a list of the new rules that will be set in place by the Bureau:

• Mandatory issuing of monthly statements that are understandable to the loan holders. Mortgage servicers would be required to issue broken down loan statements each month that are detailed and easy for loan holders to understand.

• Required interest rate fluctuation warnings. A statement must be issued on what the current rate will be and the options for the loan holders if they are unable to afford the new rates.

• Mortgage servicers must give notice before purchasing “force-placed” insurance on the property.

• It will be required that the property has fire insurance and in some cases where it is not, the servicer must purchase its own as collateral on the property.

• Servicers will be forced to credit accounts immediately as they are paid by the loan holders. This has been required as a result of many consumer complaints that servicers are holding onto the payments for so long that an additional late fee is tacked on, costing consumers more unnecessary money.

• Servicers would be forced to practice with fewer errors made. Customer service from mortgage servicers will be more accessible and available if the consumer believes a mistake has been made on their account.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-lew-20120506,0,7793027.story

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