Why Did My Credit Card Interest Rates Go Up?

Why Did My Credit Card Interest Rates Go Up?

If you notice that the credit card interest rates have gone up, then congratulations!  You are one of a small group of people that even check the rates on their cards.  Many people believe that interest rates are something they have no control over, so they do not even look each month to see what… Read More →

Why Store Credit Is Not Always the Right Answer

Why Store Credit Is Not Always the Right Answer

The holidays are right around the corner and the stores have already started promotions to get customers to sign up for store credit cards. In most cases, stores will allow you to receive a discount if you sign up to get a credit card. This may sound very tempting, but when you consider the situation… Read More →

Changes to Hawaii Laws on Credit Card Debt

Changes to Hawaii Laws on Credit Card Debt

How has Hawaii law on credit card debt changed? And what changes are on the horizon? Hawaii Garnishment Laws Hawaii prohibits the garnishment of unemployment benefits, Social Security disability income, Social Security retirement benefits and pension payments to civil employees. Hawaii does not permit the garnishment of life insurance proceeds or disability benefits. The living… Read More →

States begin suing major banks like Chase over faulty credit card debt collection cases

As recently reported in this New York Times article, the attorney general of the State of California recently sued JP Morgan Chase for its shoddy practices in suing consumers on their credit card debt.  Many of the same shady tactics found at the root of the foreclosure crisis are being discovered in thousands of credit… Read More →

State Pension Fund $8.4 Billion Short

If you’re like us, you hope to retire some day and you worry about how to make that happen.  Today, the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s leading article reports that the state’s largest public pension fund, Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), “is in its worst shape since at least 1980 with an $8.4 billion shortfall.”  However, the state… Read More →

Bankruptcy Filings Expected to Increase in 2013

Simply put, rising consumer confidence is leading to households opening their wallets and increasing their credit card and auto loan debt burdens.  This, combined with the expected housing foreclosure pick up, has caused forecasters to predict an 8% increase in bankruptcy filings in 2013.  The following is from usblawg.com: “Judge Julia Gibbons, chair of the… Read More →

Average Credit Card Debt Rises for Hawaiians in May

According to data compiled by Creditkarma.com, Hawaiian consumers’ credit card debt rose in May to an average of $7,250.  (Article here) This is an increase on April’s total and is the second highest total in the nation.   Additionally, Hawaii’s upward trend in credit card debt is running against the national downward trend.  Average credit scores… Read More →