FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When Debt.com polled more than 1,200 adults about their holiday plans, nearly two-thirds said they will spend less this year. We expected it was due to the pandemic’s effect on the economy and personal finances, but almost 60 percent said their reasons were non-economic.
Thirty-seven percent said, “I feel less pressure to buy gifts because of virtual celebrations,” while 23 percent said, “I don’t expect loved ones to spend much on me due to the pandemic.” Debt.com chairman Howard Dvorkin has a name for this: Grinch logic.
“I’ve spent nearly three decades counseling Americans on how to save more and spend less, but that’s nearly impossible to do during the holidays,” Dvorkin says. “No matter how blunt they are about their debts, they’ll blow their holiday budget. Why? Because Americans fear only one thing more than going broke. They fear their friends and family will think they’re cheapskates. Everyone wants to be Santa Claus, and no one wants to be the Grinch.”
The National Retail Federation said holiday spending topped $1,000 per consumer last year. Debt.com’s survey shows most respondents expect to spend half that:
- Almost 73% will spend less than $500
- 18% said up to $1,000
- 6% said up to $1,500
- Only 2% will spend over $1,500
Nearly one-third of people polled said they would spend the same as last year. That’s a significant drop when you consider holiday spending has increased every year since 2010, according to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data.
Some of the spending cutbacks are travel related:
- 18% will celebrate virtually exclusively
- 31% will celebrate in-person
- 51% will do a combination of both
Thirty percent of those polled said they will spend less due to lost income and 11 percent said they lost their job. Follow Debt.com’s smart holiday spending tips to stay out of debt this holiday season:
- Plan and budget. The recommend holiday spending amount is between .5 to 1.5 percent of annual take home pay. So, if a person takes home $60,000 per year, they should spend no more than $900 on the holidays.
- Don’t procrastinate. Not only are people more likely to overspend if they shop last minute, but it also makes an already stressful time of the year even more so.
- Price check with your phone. If a gift is over budget, use the phone to find a better price elsewhere before buying. Many stores have price-match policies if you find a better deal.
- Use smart online shopping habits. If a person’s debit card number is stolen, the thief can take money directly from the accounts. It’s safer to use a low-interest credit card and pay it off in full.
- Use rewards before they expire. Many credit cards offer discounts and free gift cards that can be used for holiday gift giving while saving people money.
For more tips, visit Debt.com’s saving money section.
About: Debt.com is the consumer website where people can find help with credit card debt, student loan debt, tax debt, credit repair, bankruptcy, and more. Debt.com works with vetted and certified providers that give the best advice and solutions for consumers ‘when life happens.’
Credit360’s Credit Repair Services Now Includes Full Credit Audit
One of the nation’s finest in personal and business credit solutions has expanded its services.
MIAMI, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Representatives with Credit360 announced today that its credit repair services now includes a full credit audit from the three credit bureaus, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.
“We’re very excited about this,” said Andre Coakley, Founder & CEO of Credit360, a company with an elite team of credit experts that know exactly what techniques will assist individuals and businesses with increasing their credit scores to meet their goals.
Features of the full credit audit include:
Full Credit Audit – Equifax, TransUnion, Experian
No Monthly Fees – Charged Only After Removal
Our Pricing Is Simple, Pay After Deletion
Advanced Tactic Disputes and Strategies
Comprehensive Credit Audit every 45 days
Unlimited credit items disputed for one year
24/7 Online Portal Access from Smartphone
Free Coaching and Education
Assistance with Structuring Lines of Credit
Support with Card Spending and Tradeline Building
The company’s full credit audit offering comes on the heels of the Credit360 offering credit repair services in Orlando.
“We are very excited to now offer our life-changing credit repair services in Orlando,” Coakley said. “We are here to help you achieve your optimal credit profile by making the credit repair process convenient, individualized, and effective.”
Credit360’s specialized credit repair processes, credit expertise, and guaranteed customer service, company representatives say, make it the best in the industry.
Coakley explained that Credit360 has had the opportunity to help thousands of Americans correct their credit reports. In fact, Credit360, Coakley stressed, is a company that puts its money where its mouth is and only charges a fee when items are deleted, removed, or repaired from individuals’ credit reports.
“With our services, you will no longer have to use other expensive credit repair companies that charge monthly and don’t even produce results,” Coakley promised, before adding, “We are so confident in our advanced disputing tactics that we will allow you to pay for your deletions after you actually see our results and we even give you a 100 percent money-back guarantee to back it up just so you can relax.”
Coakley went on to reiterate that Credit360 is an elite team of credit experts that know exactly what techniques will assist customers with increasing their credit scores to meet their goals.
“With our services, most of our clients see deletions within the first 45 days of enrollment and usually see an average increase of 93 points throughout their program cycle,” Coakley said.
In addition, the company also recently launched its Business Credit Program.
“Our Business Credit Program works directly with small business owners to help them get approved for new business funding and business line of credit options,” Coakley said.
Coakley went on to note that the individual business credit record is the primary way that companies evaluate whether to do business with a particular company – and on what terms.
Business credit includes a variety of data points about your business, such as the date it started, the skills and experience of your top leaders, the number of employees, and annual sales. This type of information, Coakley noted, is listed in the business’ credit profile, along with scores and ratings that are derived from the business’ past behavior to predict its future behavior.
“We have relationships with a number of business financing institutions and know each of their individual requirements and criteria, so we can help you become eligible for the best business line of credit as quickly as possible,” Coakley revealed, before adding, “Don’t let a bad business credit score or other factors prevent you from gaining access to the business funding you need most.”
The types of credit that Credit 360 can help businesses access include:
Store Business Credit with Dell, Apple, Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, BP, Chevron, Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, Office Depot, Ikea, and with most other major retailers.
Fleet Credit for fuel and auto vehicle repairs for your primary vehicle, and a fleet of commercial vehicles.
Cash Credit including Visa and MasterCard accounts you can use in most locations worldwide
Auto Vehicle Financing to purchase or lease your primary vehicle or a fleet of vehicles in your business.
About Credit 360
Credit360 was established to assist individuals in restoring their personal credit and in offering a complete line of business credit solutions. Credit360 is a financial services firm specializing in credit restoration and business consulting services.
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ACTION13: How to protect your credit score
Credit Repair experts say the economic shutdowns are causing credit scores to fall for a lot of people.
One way to possibly stave off a hit to your credit is a through a forbearance.
A forbearance is where the lending agency agrees to let you pause your payments for a period of time, and it will not count against your credit.
This works for both credit cards and home mortgages.
But keep in mind, you have to be caught up on your debts to get a deferment. So, if you are going to miss a payment, reach out to your bank or lender sooner rather than later.
“Reach out to your bank. Work with your bank,” said Robert Pfister with 755 Credit Score. “Work it out. Banks usually help you when you reach out.”
755 Credit Score also says you can get a free consultation.
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Walters: California’s Vague New Financial Regulation Law
Assembly Bill 1864 didn’t get much media or public attention as it zipped through both houses of the Legislature on the last day of the 2020 session.
Superficially, it appeared merely to reconfigure the state’s financial regulatory agencies into a new entity called the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.
However, those in California’s vast financial industry were paying lots of attention because the bill creates an entirely new regulatory regime with broad powers, including fines of up to $1 million a day, to police financial players that hitherto have had little oversight.
The official rationale for the legislation is that President Donald Trump’s administration neutered the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, so the state must step in with an equivalent to guard against predatory financial practices that harm consumers.
The new California Consumer Financial Protection Law gives the reconstituted agency authority to go after “abusive practices” whose definition in the law is fairly vague. Thus, the agency itself will define the term as it also decides which businesses will face its scrutiny.
It appears that the new law will affect firms involved in debt settlement, credit repair, check cashing, rent-to-own contracts, payday lending, student loan servicing and financing for retail sales. However, its primary target seems to be financial services offered by non-banks, particularly what are called “fintech companies” that offer bank-like services via the Internet without maintaining physical offices.
The Vagueness of the New Law Was Encapsulated in What Gov. Gavin Newsom Said
Fintechs, many of them based in the San Francisco Bay Area, have blossomed in recent years as part of the digital economy, competing with traditional brick-and-mortar banks. Their disruptive nature is not unlike the challenge that technology-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft pose to taxicabs and buses.
Late-blooming changes in AB 1864 exempted traditional financial firms that are already regulated, such as banks and credit unions, from the new consumer protection law, leading some analysts to conclude that its unstated aim is to help them stave off competition from new kids on the financial block.
The vagueness of the new law was encapsulated in what Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a signing ceremony. The new law and the new department, he said, will “create conditions for innovation to flourish in a way where we can steward that and we can just work against its excesses. So we support risk-taking, not recklessness.”
Newsom also signed two other financial protection measures, one that requires debt collectors to be licensed beginning in 2022 and the other creating a Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.
A Question That Only Time Will Answer
Although the new state law is said to mirror the Dodd-Frank law, it contains at least one significant difference. When federal regulators levy fines for what they consider to be bad conduct, the money goes into the federal treasury. When state regulators impose their fines of up to $1 million a day, the money will be retained by the new agency to finance more activity.
Will that give the new agency a financial incentive to skip over minor consumer issues and go after big companies? It’s a question that only time will answer.
Significantly too, the new investigative and regulatory mechanism contained in AB 1964 specifically does not usurp the authority of the attorney general to also target companies under the state’s equally vague “unfair competition” law.
From its inception a decade ago, Dodd-Frank has attracted criticism from business executives for regulatory overkill. Will California’s new version be less controversial? We won’t know until the new agency puts some definitional meat on its bones.
CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary.
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