The number of personal bankruptcies filed in the first nine months of 2010 was an 11% increase over last year.
Starting this week, debt settlement and other for-profit debt relief companies will have to start toeing the line.
A low- or no-interest loan may blind you to the financial burden you're placing on your future self.
Those who enter the job market now could face lower earnings for many years.
The bad news: He got laid off. The good news: It happened AFTER he'd cleared his consumer debt.
The default rate on federal student loans is higher than it's been in years. For former students, default is no picnic.
Among the clues: Are you afraid to open your credit card bill or look at your receipts? How often do you overdraw your account?
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