debt settlement

Waiting to Inherit: Not a Sound 'Financial Plan'

An estimated two-thirds of baby boomer households will receive an inheritance at some point, with a median amount of $64,000, according to an AARP study. I recently received an email from a reader who has fallen deeply into debt in anticipation of her legacy -- and is now worried that her bailout may not be at hand:

Mired in Debt? Here's How to Dig Out Safely

Many Americans are desperate to relieve their overwhelming debt burdens. Often they turn to unscrupulous settlement firms, which only make matters worse. But there are plenty of better options for whipping your debt into a manageable condition.

Losses Mount at Debt Settlement Firms

It's the biggest consumer harm issue you've never heard of: Next month, new regulations will put an end to a nasty form of debt settlement scam, but consumers are already beginning to report the loss of thousands of dollars from supposed escrow accounts that had been set up to pay their bills.

America's Thriving Poverty Business

Business is booming for companies that reap profits from the growing number of Americans with their backs to the financial wall. Former New York Times reporter Gary Rivlin's new book Broke, USA dives into the world of pawnshops, payday lenders and the rest of the "poverty business."