Photo by Melinda Gimpel on Unsplash Consumer bankruptcy filings edged up in 2019, increased more this March, sharply declined in April, but are very likely to shoot up now. In the last two weeks three major retailers filed Chapter 11 business bankruptcy: J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, and J.C. Penny. Total business Chapter 11 reorganizations were up 26% in April 2020 … Read More
Photo by Ferran Fusalba Roselló on Unsplash If you owe your bank or creditor union fees on your account, or other debts, it may be able to pay itself out or your $1,200 relief payment. Our last blog post was about whether your creditors can seize the $1,200 (or so) pandemic relief payments. Today’s is about one specific class of … Read More
Your $1,200 pandemic relief payment from the IRS is subject to creditor collection, if you have a garnishment order on your bank account. Our blog post four weeks ago was about the $1,200 pandemic relief payments going out to most U.S. adults. The CARES Act explicitly protected these payments from seizure for certain governmental debts. Generally, the payments can’t be … Read More
A series of new very beneficial unemployment benefits are coming from the massive coronavirus relief law—much more money for many more people. Our blog post last week was about the emergency $1,200 Economic Impact Payment that’s “rapidly” coming to most American adults. (Plus $500 for each qualifying dependent child.) For updates on this payment since then, see the … Read More
The U.S. Treasury is sending money to most adults “as rapidly as possible,” $1,200 if you make less than $75,000, plus $500 per dependent. On Friday (March 27) Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. It’s also called the CARES Act, better known as the massive $2.2 trillion pandemic relief … Read More
Standard & Poor’s pays for giving AAA ratings to mortgage-backed securities that turned out to be little better than junk.
Detailed 124-page Complaint lists specific ways that Standard & Poor’s intentionally inflated its ratings of mortgage-backed securities for its own financial gain, while lying about the objectivity of those ratings.