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A New Year's resolution: Eliminate debt

Jan 3, 2012
My husband and I have made pretty bad and spontaneous financial decisions that have brought us a lot of debt. Our plan for 2012 is to get out of debt and start saving more, since we depleted our savings in the past 2 years. I would like to know how to start getting rid of this debt in the smartest way and how to save significantly at the same time. Carla, Boston, MA
Posted In: Savings, debt, Credit card

A law degree and student loans

Dec 28, 2011
I have both private and federal student loans from undergrad and law school... I was wondering if you have any advice as to how best to manage this debt? I'm 28 and single so my financial obligations are otherwise relatively minimal for now, but due to my debt-to-income ratio, I've been unable to really lay away much in the way of personal savings in the 3+ years I've been out of school, let alone start saving for retirement. I'd really appreciate any advice you might be able to give to someone in my situation. Thank you! Kira, New York, NY
Posted In: Retirement, Law, career, student loans, debt

Consumer credit hits two-year high

Dec 7, 2011
The amount of money consumers owe in credit -- excluding mortgages -- grew by $7.7 billion in October, hitting a two-year high.
Posted In: consumer, debt, credit card debt

The clock is ticking for the super committee

Nov 18, 2011
A number of outcomes are possible when the super committee hits up against their deadline next week. Many are hoping that they will at least do the bare minimum to avoid another downgrade.
Posted In: super committee, debt

Holiday shopping: Will you choose debit or credit?

Nov 18, 2011
The debate over credit versus debit has been raging for years. Guest blogger Gerri Detweiler gives three reasons on each side of the argument.
Posted In: Credit card, debit card, debt, budget

The root of Italy's problems

Nov 14, 2011
Berlusconi may be gone, but Italia's problems persists. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how Italy got into the mess it's in today.
Posted In: debt, italy, bonds, default, Berlusconi, Monte, credit, euro, Eurozone

Harrisburg implodes -- what other municipalities are in danger?

Oct 12, 2011
When I was a lad I decorated my room with a poster of a nuclear mushroom cloud, with "Harrisburg is Everywhere" written in big letters across the...
Posted In: bankruptcy, debt, harrisburg, Marketplace Daily Pulse, municipality, News Brief, The Breakdown: Economy

A priority on reducing debt

Sep 30, 2011
Question: I am a 38 year old single parent and I have a huge amount of personal debt. I have student loans ($80k), credit card debt ($22k), a car...
Posted In: debt, Getting Personal

Fund Roth or target debt

Sep 29, 2011
Question: I'm in the middle of a debate with myself as to whether my wife and I should continue to aggressively pay off a variable 4.5% HELOC or if...
Posted In: debt, Getting Personal

Before There Was Money, There Was Debt

Sep 29, 2011
Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a new book by anthropologist, author and general provocateur, David Graeber. It gives a long and global view on th...
Posted In: david brancaccio, David Graeber, debt, economy 4.0

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