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5 Mortifying Reasons Mortgage Applications End Up in the 'Reject' Pile

An interesting article in Realtor.com explains why mortgage applications are sometimes denied.  According to the article a recent Federal Reserve study concluded that one out of every eight home loan applications (12%) ends in a rejection.  T… Read More
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Bankruptcy Filings among Elderly Increased Exponentially over Last 25 Years

According to an article posted today in the New York Times by Tara Segal Bernard, “[f]or a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.” Ac… Read More
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Experts predicting increased ilIiquidity and link it to the climate that led to the 2008 crisis

According to a recent report by Morgan Stanley “market liquidity across assets is in decline” and  “low liquidity were the fundamental triggers of the 2008 crisis.”  Those bankruptcy practitioners that had first hand e… Read More
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Law360 Satisfaction Survey finds that student loans are burdening lawyers too.

According to Forbes magazine, “student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt category – behind only mortgage debt – and higher than both credit cards and auto loans and according to Make Lemonade, there are more tha… Read More
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America is heading for a level of income inequality that hasn't been seen since 1928

Economists have noted that the level of income inequality between the top 1% and the rest of the country is approaching levels last seen in 1928, which, of course, was just before the tragic financial meltdown that pre-dated, or even caused, mas… Read More
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New Bankruptcy Rules Proposed for Student Debtors

This article in U.S. News and World Report provides a useful summary of some current efforts to address burgeoning student loan problem.  Well worth the read. Read More
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Inflation-adjusted Wages Slipping in Second Quarter

According to a recent report, median weekly earnings of the nation’s 115.8 million full-time wage and salary workers were $876 in the second quarter of 2018 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.… Read More
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Is a Recession on the Horizon

According to an article in the Business Insider, a key metric for the onset of a recession is leaning towards a downturn. In this case, the yield on 10-year US Treasury notes declined for a fifth consecutive week and is close to the yield on a 2… Read More
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Merchant Cash Advances – A Trap for the Unwary

Small business owners should think carefully before taking out merchant cash advances, which is a form of financing that is heavily marketed. Small businesses, like any other business, need cash to run. It can be difficult, though, for some small bus… Read More
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Rising home values are nudging more Chicago-area homeowners to tap the equity in their homes via lines of credit.

There appears to be an increase in consumer debt that is reminiscent of the near-collapse of 2008-2010. A recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business (reprinted below), reports that consumers are using increases in home equity to secure further… Read More
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