Posts Tagged: ‘credit card debt’

Household Debt Continues to Climb- Here’s the Categories that have seen the Biggest Jump

April 18, 2018 Posted by kingcade

As a nation, household debt is continuing to increase.  Debt is increasing in all major categories, except for auto loans during the last quarter of 2017.  The two categories with the most significant growth were mortgage debt, which increased by more than $3,000 per household and credit card debt that went up by $250 per household.

The growth in credit card debt can be partially attributed to holiday spending. The last quarter of 2017 credit card debt per household stood at $15,983.  Mortgage debt totaled $178,037 per household.

Credit card debt often comes with high interest rates, which means carrying debt month to month can create significant financial stress.  Carrying this debt for many years can cause thousands of dollars in interest to accrue.  Some quick tips to pay off credit card debt include: Finding out your total balance, doing a balance transfer to stop the accruing interest and powering through the balance (i.e. – take advantage of the interest-free period of your new card).

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If you are struggling with insurmountable credit card debt or 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

New Poll Reveals the Majority of Millennials are in debt, Postponing Major Life Events

April 10, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Nearly three out of four millennials in the U.S. are in debt and according to a new poll credit card debt is the most prevalent type of debt among the group- not student loan debt.

A quarter of millennials — those 18 to 34 years old — are more than $30,000 in debt, including 11 percent who are over $100,000 in debt.

Debt has resulted in savings taking a backseat for many millennials and has caused a third, or 34 percent, to hold off on buying a home.  Debt has also affected the millennial generation family structure.  Fourteen percent of millenials have delayed marriage due to their debt and 16 percent have postponed having children.

Here are some additional findings from the NBC News/GenForward survey:

  • Sixty-two percent of millennials owe more in debt, than they have in a personal savings account
  • Three in 10 millennials have less than $1,000 in their personal savings, and only 1 percent have over $100,000 saved.
  • A quarter, 24 percent of millennials, have no personal savings.
  • Two-thirds of millennials, or 67 percent, said they would have difficulty paying an unexpected bill of $1,000 right away.
  • Credit card debt is the most prevalent type of debt among the group, while just two in 10 millennials say they have a mortgage or home loan.
  • Only 22 percent of millennials are debt free.
  • Fourteen percent of millennials have delayed getting married due to debt, and 16 percent have delayed having children.
  • Debt has caused a third of all millennials, or 34 percent, to hold off on buying a home and 31 percent to delay saving for retirement.

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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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Are you paying off your credit cards the right way?

March 26, 2018 Posted by kingcade

If you have multiple credit cards you are making payments toward, paying off the cards in the right order can make all the difference in how quickly you get out of debt. Turns out most consumers are using a repayment strategy that takes longer and costs more than it has to.

Here are some quick tips to help you tackle credit card debt the right way:

Go above the minimum.  When you receive your credit card statement, it will include the minimum monthly payment you are required to make.  This is typically 2 to 5 percent of your entire balance.  Paying only the minimum will have you avoid late fees and keep you from being reported to the credit agencies, but that is about it.  Depending on the interest rate of your credit cards, paying only the minimum could keep you in debt for 30+ years!

Avoid balance-matching.   According to a recent study, many consumers are allocating their credit card payments in proportion to the balances on each account.  For example, bigger payments are going towards cards with bigger balances, while smaller payments are going towards cards with smaller balances, also known as “balance-matching.”  The problem with this strategy is it avoids the interest rate entirely, which is a determining factor in how long it will take you to pay off the debt.

Utilize the debt avalanche method.  This is the optimal payment method and requires making additional payments to your highest-interest cards, first while making only the minimum payments to your lower interest credit cards.  Once your highest-interest credit card is paid off, move to the next highest-interest card, and so on, until your debt is eliminated.  This debt elimination strategy ignores the balances and uses only the interest rate to determine how to allocate payments.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are struggling with out of control credit card debt, 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

U.S. Credit Card Debt Exceeds $1 Trillion for the First Time

March 14, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Consumer credit card debt in the United States has exceeded $1 trillion for the first time, according to a recent study by WalletHub.  The average U.S. household owes $8,600 on credit cards. Florida is in the top 5 states with the highest credit card debt burden, according to CreditCards.com.

Financial experts attribute this increase to consumer confidence.  In the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, consumers added $67.6 billion while the charge-off rate remained at historic lows.  Charge-off rate refers to the percentage of credit card users whose unpaid balances credit card companies are unable to collect.

Household indebtedness in the fourth-quarter rose to $13.15 trillion from $12.96 trillion in the third quarter, an increase of 1.5 percent. Mortgages accounted for the largest component of household debt, according to a quarterly report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

In addition, the average credit score for U.S. consumers has declined.  It is now 675, just four points lower than the average in 2007, according to consumer credit reporting agency Experian.

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If you have any questions on this topic or 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 McMaken, 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

New Data shows 43 Percent of Credit Card Holders Have More Than $15,000 in Debt

March 8, 2018 Posted by kingcade

According to the Federal Reserve, credit card debt is the highest it has ever been in the U.S. In December, American’s had a total of $1.029 trillion in credit card debt. This means the average household had $8,732 in credit card debt. A survey conducted by Student Loan Hero reported that 43 percent of credit card holders surveyed had more than $15,000 in credit card debt and 58 percent had at least $6,000 of credit card debt for more than a year.

The Federal Reserve also reported that the average interest rates on credit cards are approximately 14.99 percent, which makes it much more difficult for Americans to pay off their debt.

Carrying a consistent credit card balance is detrimental to your financial well-being. One option that is often overlooked by cardholders is getting a credit card consolidation loan. According to Student Loan Hero, only 52 percent of cardholders that have more than $6,000 in credit card debt have consolidated.

Below are three ways credit card consolidation loans may help you.

  1. They typically come with lower interest rates than credit cards do, meaning you are paying less in the long run.
  2. Installment loans set firm repayment plans, unlike credit card companies. This means you are more likely to pay off your debt when making your minimum payment each month.
  3. They combine your payments. This comes in handy if you have debts across multiple credit cards.

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If you have any questions on this topic or 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 McMaken 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 McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.