Many consumers worry about their future after they file bankruptcy. However banks have found that consumers who file bankruptcy are far more wealthy than persons that fail to properly use bankruptcy as a financial tool when it is necessary!
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a second Philadelphia report found:
- People who file bankruptcy have more new lines of credit than those who continue in a poor financial state. People who file bankruptcy are able to purchase cars and home shortly after bankruptcy. Those who don’t file bankruptcy continue to have bad credit. Because they continue to have bad credit they are unable to purchase items at normal prices and normal interest rates. People with bad credit pay more for homes, cars and the major consumer items. Filing bankruptcy gives the consumer opportunities to cheaper insurance rates, a cheaper price to homes and cars and access to the credit necessary to purchase these items, according to the study. Within a year that they can start to get market rates on car financing, and within two to three years they can qualify for good mortgage rates.
- Those who file bankruptcy see a rapid improvement in their credit score when compared to those who continued to struggle with debt, according to the FRBNY. “Individuals who go bankrupt experience a sharp boost in their credit score after bankruptcy, whereas the recovery in credit score is much lower for individuals who do not go bankrupt,” Federal Reserve Bank of New York, “Our analysis suggests that the 2005 bankruptcy reform negatively affected individuals who became delinquent by increasing the probability that they would become insolvent, a state associated with a high degree of financial distress.” Essentially people who have poor credit who don’t file bankruptcy simply hurt themselves by living longer with poor credit which hurts them financially. They pay more for their homes, cars, insurance and everyday items. They are unable to obtain credit at reasonable rates, and are unable to save for retirement or repay debt because of these higher rates and costs.
- “We show insolvent individuals who do not go bankrupt exhibit more financial stress than those who do, suggesting these individuals would likely prefer to file for bankruptcy if they could afford it.”
- The most disturbing reality about not filing bankruptcy is the significant amount of retirement income lost by people who avoid filing. A 25-year-old debtor who invests $300 a month for five years into a retirement plan instead of a debt settlement program or limps along making minimum payments. They repay their debt but repaying costs them $23,231.12. In retirement funds this is worth $1,247,526.55 when they eventually retire at age 70. A 45-year-old would lose $170,239 in future retirement funds. The person who repays the debt settlement plan instead of filing bankruptcy loses. People must learn to properly budget and pay themselves first by fully funding the retirement they will need later. In most cases the person that repays through these debt settlement plans fails to complete the plan and ends up owing more than when he or she started the program. 95% of these debt settlement plans fail leaving the person worse than when they started.