What’s in your wallet? These huge credit card companies are plenty rich- it’s okay to file for bankruptcy!
March 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Citibank, Discover, American Express. Recognize these guys? You probably owe them money right now and I’m not talking about for your mortgage, car, or for some other secured asset. I’m talking about credit cards. What’s in your wallet? Probably there is some credit card in there right now with one of these names on it and you are in debt.
If you check you will see that these are very large companies. They have billions of dollars in assets and if you think about it is a very easy business to run. Think of them like Joe Pesci in the movie “Casino”. They get a little money and they “put it on the street”. But you are the street. They borrow money at a low-interest rate and lend it to you at a higher rate. If you default or are just late on the payments then they will jack your interest rates and charge you all sorts of penalties. They make a tremendous profit on you when you cannot pay them.
Remember they don’t have a plant with machinery where they make things or even an office where they give advice. They just need a little small space where there is a phone with which they can call you twenty times a day when you don’t pay them. Are you getting those calls now? Most of us do and they call now not just when you are a month late or even a few weeks late but if you are a day late. They seemed to have recently decreased the time they allow you to not pay them.
According to Wikipedia Bank of America is the largest financial services company in America and also the largest bank holding company. It is the second largest bank in the country by market capitalization. As of 2010 B of A is the fifth largest company in the U.S. by total revenue and the second largest non-oil company in the U.S. after Wal-Mart!
Wells Fargo is the fourth largest bank in the U.S. by assets but the second largest by market capitalization. JP Morgan Chase has assets of $2 trillion. Citigroup has the largest financial services network in the country and it has over 200 million customers. Get the picture? They are huge and they won’t miss your debts if you get them discharged in bankruptcy. Most of the big banks received federal bailouts financed by your tax dollars when they ran into financial difficulty.
Where is your bailout? Do you get a break when you get into financial difficulty? These companies are the largest and richest companies in the world and they are deemed “too big to fail” and when they get into trouble they run to the federal government (that’s you) and they ask for and get a bailout so they can make more money. Did you get a break? A bailout? Where can you go when you run into financial trouble? How about they only call you ten times a day when you owe them money?
Forget about it. It’s not going to happen. You will get no breaks from these companies. They only move one way and that is forward in collecting money from you. They will call you, hound you, and harass you into paying them. Your only way out is to file bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy stops the calls, the harassment, and relieves you of the liabilities for those debts. It makes sense and is the only break you are going to get.
So don’t feel bad for these banks who are too big to fail. They are the largest and richest entities in the world and they won’t miss your little debts when you file bankruptcy. They will write it off as a loss on their corporate taxes. Remember that most people have paid back all of the money they borrowed on their credit cards with interest before they file bankruptcy. It’s just that the interest rates are so large that they have to keep paying indefinitely.
How long does it take to pay off a card if you make the minimum payment? I don’t even know anymore but it used to be 30 or 40 years. That is debt slavery. Don’t let yourself be a slave! File for bankruptcy if you have debts you cannot pay!
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