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Walking Away

underarmour For years people who find themselves over their heads in debt have filed for bankruptcy. So many, in fact, that approximately 1 out of every 191 people declared bankruptcy in 2002. It’s a big legal sounding word, but what does it mean?

What are the different types of Bankruptcy?

Who is filing?
There has been a steady upward trend in the number of actual filings, from approximately 300,000 in 1980 to a whopping 1.7 million non-commercial bankruptcies in 2005. Statistics show that around 31.9% are couples; which means that approximately 2,242,300 individuals walked away from their debt last year in one form or another.

Change to this system began in October of 2005 that will require those who wish to file for bankruptcy to prove their financial hardship before allowing them to do so. The hope is that this will cut down on those who are using the system as a money management strategy.

Why are people filing?
When you took Independent Advantage, we talked about debt being a relationship you enter into voluntarily. You and the creditor both agree to abide by the terms of the agreement. They lend you money and you pay it back, with interest if it’s not paid in full each month. You don’t have to spend their money.

We also discussed the use of unsecured credit, the most popular being credit cards. Carrying large balances on too many credit cards can stretch your future income to the limit. It can take just one event such as loss of employment, an accident or a major illness, to make repayment impossible.

You learned how to carry debt in a responsible manner. When using your credit cards you need a plan for repayment. Don’t charge another purchase until you’ve paid off the previous one.

You may also remember that we discussed the importance of preparing for such emergencies. A good rule of thumb is that you have 3 months worth of income in reserve (savings)…just in case.

Lastly, please remember that bankruptcy hurts everyone. Our economy, individual businesses, and consumers like you and me.

Borrow with care