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Are Merchant Cash Advances a Scam?

When your business is struggling, you may be tempted to find the quickest and easiest way to get working capital. But beware of financing options that sound too good to be true. Merchant cash advances (MCAs) are one example of an option that business owners may turn to when they’re to get out of financial […]

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Should You Hire a Lawyer if a Credit Card Company Sues You?

Struggling with credit card debt can be stressful enough. Being sued by your credit card company can feel downright scary. Plus, you might not know what to do next. One of your options is hiring a credit card debt lawyer. But you might be wondering if doing so is necessary — or worth it. You […]

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What Are Credit Card Processing Loans?

If you’re looking for financing options for your small business, you might have come across something called “credit card processing loans.” They could help you get the funds you need to keep your business functioning. But there are also some big risks you should know about before borrowing any money.  So before you agree to […]

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How Long Does Debt Settlement Stay on Your Credit Report?

If you were recently in over your head with debt, you may have negotiated a debt settlement with your creditors. That likely provided much-needed financial relief. But now, you might be wondering how that settlement affected your credit score — and how long it will stay on your credit report. Here’s what you need to […]

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Should You File for Bankruptcy: Pros and Cons

Dealing with thousands of dollars in debt can feel like a hopeless situation. Fortunately, several options are available to help you get it under control, including bankruptcy. However, filing for bankruptcy isn’t a quick fix for your debt problems. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the pros and cons of bankruptcy so you can make an […]

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13 Protections in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

If you have a past-due debt in collections, it can be nerve wracking to deal with debt collectors. Especially if you aren’t sure what your rights are. Fortunately, there are debt collection laws in place to protect you from unscrupulous practices. A big one: the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Read on to learn […]

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What a Debt Collection Agency Can (and Cannot) Do

When you fail to pay back a debt, the original lender will usually try to collect it themselves. However, if it goes unpaid long enough, they may decide that it’s unlikely that they will ever recover the debt. At that point, the debt gets marked as a charge-off on your credit report, and the lender […]

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Why Your Credit Score May Drop after Paying off Debt

Paying off a loan or credit card balance is a big accomplishment. But you might not feel like celebrating if you check your credit score, only to find that it’s dropped after knocking out that debt. After all, your creditors want to be paid back, so why would you be penalized? Before you get too […]

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Can You Consolidate MCA Loans? (And Why You Might Not Want To)

If you’re struggling with merchant cash advance (MCA) debt, you may be tempted to look into a way to consolidate MCA loans to get some relief. Merchant cash consolidation might seem like a helpful way to manage your current debt and make it out with your business intact. But these transactions can ultimately make things […]

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