How consumer credit and debt work

by La Bella, Laura.

Format: Print Book 2013
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North Versailles Public Library Non-Fiction 332.743 LABE
Location  North Versailles Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  332.743 LABE
 
 
Summary
In the popular mind, the Great Recession was caused by misguided investment banking practices, a burst real estate bubble, and plummeting housing values. All of this is accurate, yet it fails to highlight another underlying, insidious cause of the economic collapse-consumer credit and debt. In the years running up to the recession, consumers were encouraged by the government to spend their money for the good of the economy. The value of saving was de-emphasized, as credit card companies and banks made access to credit easier and easier. As a result, people who were not truly able to afford big purchases were nevertheless taking out loans and wracking up huge credit card bills to buy cars, boats, homes, and even second homes. Eventually, the bills came due, and Americans were suddenly in massive debt, owing huge sums of money on devalued properties, defaulting on loans, losing their credit ratings, having their homes foreclosed on and their possessions repossessed. Readers will review the nightmare scenario that resulted in the Great Recession and prolonged the agony of it. Most importantly, the mechanisms of consumer credit and debt, its pitfalls, and smart ways to manage credit and debt effectively in order to make it work for you, not against you are explained. Readers are encouraged to participate in discussion and learn how they can avoid debt with 10 Great Questions to Ask an Economics/Finance teacher and Myths & Facts.
Contents
Introduction
Understanding consumer credit and debt
Credit reports and scores
What's good about consumer credit and debt
What's bad about consumer credit and debt
Regaining control over your credit and debt
The great recession and the consumer credit crisis
Glossary
For more information
For further reading
Bibliography
Index.

Additional Information
Series Real world economics.
Subjects Consumer credit -- Juvenile literature.
Credit ratings -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Rosen Pub.,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-77) and index.
ISBN 9781448867851 (hbk.)
1448867851 (hbk.)
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