Every weekday, I’ll send my latest stories, ideas and exclusive interviews straight to your inbox. This daily investment newsletter delivers free independent financial forecasting and commentary along with carefully selected products and services that we think might interest you. And I’d like to share what I’ve learned, and continue to learn, for free. So record the conversations and try to get them angry. They use fake names like "Dick Brockman" and they say things like "In five days we have to go to court and seize all of your assets." Again, in some states this is illegal to say. One thing you always have the right to do: Say, "Show me the proof I owe this money." Since the collection agencies got your name from a hedge fund that might have bought only part of your debt from another hedge fund, who knows where that original proof is?

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Credit card debt is NOT the same as friendship debt. A bank is usually a trillion dollar institution that charges you fees, interest payments, has lots of fine print, and makes you sign lots of contracts. The bank says, "we will lend you up to $X, and you will pay us back all the money plus interest, plus penalties. A) If you default on even one of your credit cards, the interest rates on other cards you own might go up. B) You usually get low rates for the first six months, and then much higher rates, and if you miss a payment, your interest rates might be as high as 20% or more. This post is in response to a question I got a few weeks ago. I'm really depressed and I think my wife is going to leave me and I have to put food on the table for three kids. If you borrowed $1000 on your credit card, the bank will sell it to a hedge fund for $30. So now the hedge funds have made 100% on their investment. They look at the ages of the borrowers (younger age means they will pay less money), they look at the age of the debt (older means they will pay less money for the debt), and yes they look at race and gender and what state you live in. In 1994, collection agencies would call me and I would get scared.

There's usually other terms in the fine print, by the way. No problem: they borrow money from the US government, and the government will seize customer savings accounts if the bank defaults. I'm being very rough here, but that's $200 billion in potential profits. Easy: they pay 3 to 6 cents for every dollar you borrowed. Maybe they give the collection agencies, on average, two cents. By the way, hedge funds analyze these collections of bad credit card debt like they would any other investment.

That's where all the mansions come from while you were struggling to pay your mortgage. Or worry about killing yourself or feeding your kids. You weren't trying to be bad, but (as the banks already modeled) sometimes bad things happen to good people. I was also late on a state tax return (but not federal). Just those two things and because I have no credit cards (so no opportunities to show regular payments) my credit score fell from 780 to 580.

The investors in the hedge fund make money but mostly the hedge fund manager gets enormous fees off of the money they collect. But you don't deserve to struggle with your mortgage either. In the confusion of houses and misery and despair and kids were scared and "nothing will ever be the same", we were a few days late on two mortgage payments in a row.

It's "I will do X, and if I don't satisfy my responsibility, you can do Y". And this is how banks make money: the difference between that 20% (give or take) and 0%. There's about a trillion dollars in credit card debt out there. They have 100 Ph Ds who have already modeled out how many people will default. Why would a hedge fund buy your debt once you start to default? They outsource to either collection agencies or law firms in your local area to collect from you. What would happen if everyone followed this advice? And if you owe $10 and have $100 in the bank, you might as well pay your credit card debt.

Now the banks have to do their end of the contract. (but I'll get to that in a second...) By the way, the banks don't even care. They buy your debt for three cents on the dollar and they might, on average, collect eight cents on the dollar. Default in the credit card industry is, by itself, an entire industry that many people benefit from. But here's the good news: not everyone will follow this advice. But if you are struggling and your kids need food and your marriage is at stake and you lost your job, then simply stop paying your credit card debt and follow the process I describe above. I would say mortgage debt also but that's another post.

Even if you didn't read all the fine print (who does?

You signed a contract where everyone knew the risks.

I was an expert at solving Rubik's Cube when it first came out and was popular.

told me he would publish a book with my formulas if I wrote them down. I bragged in school I was going to be a published author. She said, "You can't say it again until it happens." I ended up not finishing it.

Did it effect the final price on anything or cause me to be rejected from anything.