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The Perils of Credit Card Debt

Apr 17, 2008
Credit card debt is one of the leading types of debt in the US and in many parts of the world. It is responsible for a majority of all bankruptcy cases. It is an unsecured debt because it does not have any value to support the debt except for the borrower's credit history. Therefore, it presents risk to the lender. Every year chapter 7 cases discharges about $20 billion. About one-third of these cases belongs to a group of debtors that owe a minimum of $50,000 in credit card debt.

This demonstrates that managing this kind of debt is not an easy task. In addition, you continue to let the outstanding amount to pile up, it will come a time where you can't pay on time.

Usually, the interest is expressed as an annual percentage rate that is charged on the credit being used. You can treat this as a fee for the convenience of borrowing money. This fee is the price you pay for the ability to spend money today that would otherwise take time to accumulate.

Failure in paying promptly will force you to bear a high interest rate of 14%. Interest on credit cards varies widely. In some situations, the interest can escalate to as high as 29%.

If you want to get out of debt, then you need a solid strategy. However, what if you can't even afford to pay the minimum monthly instalment? The you have to find some creative ways to amass the money. But most of the times, you would end up with more debt because of you borrow money to settle your financial commitment.

You can manage this debt but it depends on how much risk you are willing to take. It also depends on the creditors. If you don't feel under pressure, then perhaps you can wait until a third party take over the credit.

You can reinstate your account with lower interest rates through re-againg. You can consult your lawyer about it.

The other method is to calculate a monthly payment that you can commit. Make sure you don't stretch the repayment period too long, preferably between 4 and 6 years. Then check some debt consolidation loans that can match your requirement.

Many small business collapse because of this debt. Therefore, you should try to clear whatever money you owe the credit card companies. Bringing the balance forward will accrue higher interest rates.

As a personal debt, you may face the risk of losing personal assets such as your home or car. Therefore, it is better to eliminate it before it becomes unmanageable.

Credit card debt is the primary cause that drives so many people to fall into this financial trap. With the card, many people find it easy to spend for the value which is equivalent to an immediate loan for both purchases and cash advances. Almost every thing that they buy, they use credit. It is one of the most costly debt you ever accumulate in your life. Don't let it destroy your financial life.
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