Posts By: Owlbert {Einstein}

Earlier this year, the Department of Education and the Treasury Department released the results of their third annual financial literacy challenge, a test administered to high school students throughout the country. The average score this year was 69%, a sign that today’s students are ill prepared for the financial responsibilities that they’ll face as young…

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No-interest credit card offers are increasingly common these days, and while they may seem incredibly attractive, here are a few things to consider before rushing into one of these deals. While you may get 0% interest for a few months, maybe even a year, do you have to pay any fees during this period? Read…

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The best debt help we can offer is to teach consumers to manage their credit effectively. One key to this end is to review every statement you get. Too often, we pay the bill and file it away without taking a few extra minutes to review it fully. Credit card companies do occasionally make errors,…

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People seeking credit counseling advice are often curious about cancelling credit cards. We’ve written frequently about how closing accounts isn’t necessarily good for your credit score, but once an account is closed it can’t be used to accumulate more debt, making credit counseling that much easier to achieve. Whether cancelling credit cards is or isn’t…

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Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, debt collectors are required to identify themselves in any communication with a debtor. This rule prevents collection agents from tricking consumers into returning calls or other communications without knowing the nature of the communication. There are also privacy protections built into the FDCPA that prohibit collectors from disclosing…

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We recently linked to the FTC’s advice for consumers who are “Knee Deep in Debt,” which includes a recommendation that consumers seek credit counseling if necessary. In giving this advice, the FTC cautions readers that “just because an organization says it’s “nonprofit,” there’s no guarantee that its services are free, affordable, or even legitimate.” Indeed,…

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