In today’s challenging economy, and with some banks struggling with unpaid consumer loans, more banks and credit card issuers are willing to negotiate, cancel, and eliminate some of a customer’s credit card debt. Many of the policies being implemented by lenders call for them to more more flexible. This is happening as they would rather receive some of the unpaid debt rather than have a consumer default or potentially go into bankruptcy.
If you are experiencing a financial emergency or are having serious trouble with paying your debt or bills, you need to approach your bank or credit card company and ask them if you can to pay off less than the full amount due. There is never any hard or downside to asking.
In this economic climate, there have been instances in which banks have been willing to eliminate up to 70 percent of a consumer's debt. Why are they doing this? Trust us, they are being selfish, and it is for their sake, not for your sake. Banks are becoming more fearful that the economic downturn will continue to get worse in the future. Or that the recovery of the economy will be even slower than it is now. So they are negotiating more deals and many have decided to take what they can from you, while they can get it.
Banks and credit card companies even considered eliminating and negotiating outstanding debt on a mass scale. The Financial Services roundtable, which is made up of hundreds of the nation’s biggest banks, including the major major lenders such as Chase and B of A, recently joined with the Consumer Federation of America to try to come up with a broad credit card loan modification program that could be applied across the board. It would be available to tens of thousands of people and would help struggling families reduce their financial burdens.
However, the proposed plan required approval from government regulators, and the various federal government regulators unfortunately said no. So what credit card companies decided to do is they are now negotiating with their customers one at a time to forgive and reduce their debts. Numerous programs are being offered. Locate information on solutions from credit card issuers and banks, and find more ways to get help. Click here.
However, not just everyone can have their debt reduced. Usually you need to be at least 90 days behind on your credit card bills, and you usually need to have a credit report that shows missing payments and that falling behind on your bills is not typical for you to do. Also be aware that even if the bank won't eliminate part of your credit card debt, the company may be willing to take smaller steps like lowering your interest rate or waiving late fees to help you.
You can also work with a number of credit counselors for help with the process. Many counselors have tremendous success in getting some of the terms of your credit card loan revised. Or you can try to get on the phone yourself to negotiate your debt.
Yes, it is great news for certain debtors that banks and credit card companies are willing to negotiate and help you reduce debt. But keep in mind that this is not always that easy to do. However, also be aware of the downside if you try this, and that is your credit score may be impacted.
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