What We're Reading: April 2018
Here's what we're reading in April 2018
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Here's what we're reading in April 2018
A steady diet of the NYT articles on bankruptcy and credit.
A steady diet of NYT articles on personal bankruptcy .
Active discussion of news of the day by bankruptcy law professors and lawyers. A good source of links to newsworthy events in politics and finance that affect the world of credit and bankruptcy.
Another discussion by law professors. Good source for caselaw and rules developments, as well as legislation.
An excellent, well-organized archive of timely articles on economic data affecting the debt and credit industry. The link below is for Credit Card news, but be sure to hover your cursor over the News & Analysis link for a list of other areas you can search:
This is a one-hour radio documentary and website about bankruptcy in america from American RadioWorks and Marketplace from American Public Radio
See also: "The boom in going bust" -- a report by Marketplace reporter Chris Farrell on a day in bankruptcy court.
This AmericanLife/NPR present one of the clearest explanations of how the housing crisis happened. One hour long.
Feeling bad about your bankruptcy?
The banking industry has made a calculated science of reaping billions of profits from distressed debtors. By casting a wide net to grant credit to everyone, the real "sweet spot" for banks is the distressed debtor that is caught a never ending cycle of penalties, fees, and exorbitant interest rates (that would have been illegal a generation ago)
The issues covered in this 2004 documentary are still current, and worth watching. It's an excellent recounting by PBS and The New York Times of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling almost 20 years ago opened the door to abusive lending practices and the rise of the modern credit card industry. After watching this, you'll understand why your credit card company is probably based in South Dakota or Delaware.
PBS: Frontline Video and Articles
NY Times: Articles
Excellent report on how lack of regulation allowed "usury" to no longer be a crime, and allowed predatory lenders to sell financial snake-oil all without regulation.
Describes how the inevitable logic of human greed, left unregulated, led banks to make billions by peddling financial snake-oil to naive, cash strapped consumers to sign the equity in their their paid-for houses as collateral for loans they would never be able to pay.... And now whole neighborhoods lie abandoned and falling into ruin, resulting in further loss of wealth base in communities that can ill affford it.
So much for the invisible hand....
A lot has been written lately about whether bankruptcy makes sense for people, in light of the economic downturn, including these articles:
Don't like the law? Change it! Vote the rascals out.
Click here to see how your Senator voted on bankruptcy "reform" (BAPCPA) in 2005, and how your Representative voted.
See National Consumer Law Center, bankruptcy news page.
And here's a BusinessWeek article and blog entry about how credit card disputes that go to arbitration rule for the credit card company 99.9% of the time.
(October 15, 2008) Read about people who waste lots of money and regret not filing bankruptcy in the first place... more...
"The Payday Loan Reform Act drags the payday loan industry out of the darkness and into the anemic firefly flicker of nominal oversight. (04:16)"
Started by Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig.
You can follow the credit bubble as it pops and splatters its way through our financial institutions at http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases, where the Federal Reserve posts monthly reports that track the effects of the credit crisis on America's financial infrastructure.
If the flow of money is the fuel of American capitalism, then these reports are the fuel gauges. The Fed's unglamorous reports give us hard data on how much money is coursing through the American economy.
You can get other important numbers and information from non-governmental sources, including: