Category Finance

Secured vs. Unsecured Debt

In speaking to a friend recently about credit cards, mortgages, and personal finance, he confided that he had very little knowledge of most things finance related.  The question he eventually asked me was “What is the difference between secured and unsecured debt?” Since I feel the answer could benefit more than just my friend, I decided to post it up here for all to see.

Secured Debt is debt backed by something tangiable.  Good examples of a secured debt are your vehicle and your mortgage.  There is a physical good that can be reposessed or foreclosed on to recoup losses by the lender in the event you fail to make the payments.

Unsecured Debt is debt without a tangiable asset to back it.  The best example of this would be a credit card...

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Fannie Mae To Allow Renters To Stay

Fannie Mae, the large mortgage backing entity recently bailed out by the government, has made a smart financial move.  They announced that they will be allowing the tenants living in foreclosed properties owned by fiscally irresponsible landlords to remain in place, as long as their rent remains current.  Freddie Mac has not yet announced a similar move, but is expected to do so soon.  A spokesman for Freddie Mac stated that they were working out the operational details of such a move. [CNN Money]

This move wasn’t just an attempt to be a good neighbor, however.  The two giants are required to comply and allow tenants to stay in properties “where permissible” as part of the $700 billion bail out plan.

This is a smart m...

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Halloween Is Going To Suck This Year!

This was forwarded to me by my boss, so I don’t know who to credit.

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The $700 Billion Bailout

This is a topic that I’ve been struggling to try and write about, because it is simply over my head.  Actually, it’s probably over many people’s heads.  However, I FINALLY found an article over at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity that will help explain everything.  You can take a look at that article [here].  In addition, they are keeping the article up to date as things progress.

One item that I did note is that the bill has now passed.  Included in the bill was an increase of the FDIC’s deposit insurance from $100,000 to $250,000, which I had mentioned the proposal for in a previous article.

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FDIC Seeks To Raise Deposit Insurance Limits

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), the organization that protects the money in your bank accounts, is currently seeking to raise the limit on the amount of money that will be protected in the event of a bank failure from $100,000.  Shelia Blair, Chairman of the FDIC, did not specify an amount she would like to see it raised to.  Instead, the amount of the increase, if any, will be determined.  The $100,000 figure was set in 1980, and beginning in 2011, it will increase annually to account for inflation.  This change was passed in 2005 by Congress.

With the public failures of both Washington Mutual (Thursday) and Wachovia (Monday), many people are looking at this on a more speculative level...

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