What a debt counsellor does for you

We understand that many people who are in financial crisis struggle with getting the right information. Not because they lack intelligence, but rather because they lack experience and simply don’t know where to begin looking for help. After all, financial crisis is not a common occurrence in one’s life: it’s an anomaly, an unusual, one-time event. Read more

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

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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More on understanding how debt works in Canada

December 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Bank's Profits, Debt Management, debt relief, Videos 

Vancouver Island’s own Bill Abram talks about how the private Canadian banking system is enslaving the public through debt and interest on that debt to our government who has the right to create it’s own money through the Bank of Canada. Understanding how money works is the first step to alleviating guilt when it comes to finding debt-relief solutions.

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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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While the Canadian economy struggles, the Big Five Banks see a profit of $22 Billion

December 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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In the news today: “Big banks made $22.4B in 2011.” In a nutshell:

  • Canadian Bank profit in 2011 was  $22.4 billion, 15% more than the last year.
  • Last years profit was “only” $19.5 billion.
  • One of the predominant contributors to growth was loans; the other was retail growth.

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