In declaring bankruptcy, you are robbing banks — of fake money

January 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Good god if a twelve year old gets it, surely the rest of us can!

When you take a loan from a bank, the banks literally invent that money. When you pay interest on that loan, banks are getting what I call sweat money (money that you have worked for) in return for their invented money.

When you can’t repay your loans, there are the loan collectors who are very good at making you feel like shit about not being able to pay back imaginary money — which, typically by the time they are knocking at your doors, is mostly interest that you are repaying. You’ve probably already paid an amount equal to the principal.

The government, probably because they know it’s a scam, has created an out, commonly known as Bankruptcy. Many people associate bankruptcy with embarrassment and shame, even though it’s quite accepted as a corporate strategy.

We’ve got to get over that. Bankruptcy is a legitimate way of making debt go away. Yes, there are costs, both monetary and lifestyle. But nothing that compares to hanging on to the debt till your dying days. With Bankruptcy, there is a definitive end to the pain. With debt repayment in full, especially when you don’t have the means to repay for whatever reason, you can live under duress for a long long time.

There are also in between ways to resolve your debt. Banks won’t tell you about these options. If you get a good consultant (such as myself) or a good Credit Counselling rep or a good Trustee, you can get all the facts.

Do yourself a favour. Get informed. It can, literally, save your life.

What are my debt-relief choices?

Below are some of the debt-relief choices that are available to you. While we cater to Vancouver Island and the Greater Victoria area, this information is applicable Canada-side. We do strongly recommend that you consult and independent debt counsellor for debt-relief advice, be it through this website or elsewhere, to get the information that best applies to you. Read more

Bankruptcy and the big question: Other debt-relief options

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Though it is true that bankruptcy provides you with that fresh start, you should consider the other debt relief options before filing bankruptcy. Bankruptcy can help you discharge almost all of your debts but at the same time it hurts your credit too. As a result, it becomes hard for you to get any form of new credit after the discharge of bankruptcy. So, it would be best for you to consider how to become debt free without you having to file bankruptcy. Read more

The truth about unsecured debt

December 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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There are (technically) two types of loans you can make. Understanding the difference is quite important if you want to achieve relief from debt. One is “secured”, meaning that you’ve put up a major asset (like your house) as a security against the loan. This means that if you default on that debt, the creditor can then cash in against that security.

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Debt chart

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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You may have heard tell that the magic of investing lies in compound interest. Understanding how compounding interest works is important when you begin looking for debt relief options, because it will help you see that it’s misleading, and offers a stupid return on their initial loan. If you are rebuilding your credit, here’s good reason to avoid these “products.”

Compound interest is when they charge interest on interest, when the interest charged on the principal is then added to the principal. In a sense, it’s charging (or earning) interest on interest). Banks and credit card companies are full of this kind of magic. Here is a chart detailing the number of years required to pay off a credit card balance. It assumes 19% interest and a minimum monthly of 2.1% of the outstanding balance. Usually credit cards require a minimum monthly payment between 2.0% and 2.5% of the outstanding balance. Source: CNN Money

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