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Defaults increase for store credit card payments

For many people in Nashville, store-brand credit cards have led to debt that is increasingly difficult to manage. Delinquency rates on these types of cards have reached their highest level in seven years, according to Equifax, the credit reporting agency. The percentage of accounts in default for at least 60 days has risen to 4.65 percent, an increase from 4.08 percent in March 2017. This is the highest level of default on these types of credit card accounts have seen since early 2011.

Credit scores and the impact of bankruptcy

Tennessee residents whose credit scores have been negatively impacted by their substantial debt may not see a significant impact on their scores if they file for bankruptcy. However, depending on the type of bankruptcy that is filed, it may be 7 to 10 years before they may be approved for new credit accounts such as a home loan.

How to recover quickly form bankruptcy

According to a report from Lending Tree, 43 percent of Americans who filed for bankruptcy had a credit score of 640 or higher a year after their filing. That number increased to 65 percent for those who were two years removed from a bankruptcy. One of the most effective ways to rebound after a bankruptcy is to pay bills on time. It shows lenders that a person has learned from his or her mistakes.

How credit card debt impacts personal finances

According to a report from Experian, the average credit card debt in America is $6,354. In Tennessee, the average credit card debt is $5,975. On average, Americans carry 3.1 credit cards to go along with 2.4 retail cards. While many people use credit cards to accumulate rewards points or other perks, it is a good idea to pay the balance off each month. The report found that 43 percent of those who have a balance carry it from one month to the next.

Bankruptcy's real impact on loan pricing

When people in Tennessee are struggling with insurmountable debt, they may consider personal bankruptcy as an option to find relief and escape from a crushing financial situation. However, they may also be concerned about the impact of bankruptcy on their credit and ability to borrow in the future. While 700,000 Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2017, there can be serious impacts, including a reduction in one's credit score.

Bankruptcy and problem debt 101: Is my house too expensive?

It is not uncommon to find yourself facing debt that you know you can't afford to pay off. Many people end up in financial trouble because of a divorce, an illness, a job loss or something else outside their control. But others end up buried in debt and consider bankruptcy because they aren't living within their means.

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