More than a million American families now file for federal bankruptcy annually, and many more are perilously close to financial disaster. In this important analysis of hard-pressed families, recently featured in articles in Newsweek, Forbes, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times, the authors discover that financial stability for many middle-class Americans is all too fragile. The authors consider the changing cultural and economic factors that threaten financial security and what they imply for the future vitality of the middle class.
There is an unexploded bomb in the global financial system, threatening to bring the greatest disruption to the lives of people since the Depression on the 1930s. This potential explosion has been created by dereliction of duty by the world’s largest central banks, which have helped to create an unsustainable illusion of personal wealth and national prosperity, exposing the public to uninsurable risks in the process. This volume looks at how this economic timebomb has been created by unchecked credit expansion and the potential havoc it could wreak.
The Eurozone crisis which started in spring 2010 as a Greek budget crisis has alerted Europeans that the issue of defaulting sovereigns is not one reserved just for the poor and poorest countries on this globe. The crisis painfully amplified that developed countries, too, might be hit by this phenomenon. To be sure, this insight is far from novel – the history of defaulting states reaches back into history for at least two millennia. And yet, lawyers have surprisingly abstained more or less completely from discussing this subject and developing possible solutions. Beginning with the Argentina crisis in 2001, this neglect began to vanish to a certain degree and this movement got some momentum in 2010 by the Eurozone crisis. The present book collects contributions from authors, most of whom have participated in a conference on this issue in January 2012 at the Humboldt-UniversitÃ¤t zu Berlin. The presentations, thus, provide a unique overview of the present discussion both from an economic and legal perspective.
You can use these letters as they are, modify them to suit your needs or your business or just use one sentence from a letter. Each letter should be on your company letterhead and include your company name, address, phone and fax, web address, email and any other contact information. The letters that get the best results are not “form” letters. If a letter looks like a form letter it loses some of its punch. The most effective letters are short, to the point and easy to read. Try to avoid long or confusing words and sentences. The more direct, the fewer misunderstandings. Have someone read your letter and see if they totally understand it. If they do, then chances are your debtor will, too. Your letter is a reflection of your business; keep it professional. Remember that your letter is to persuade someone to send you money. Your wording and tone are critical, especially if this is a customer you want to continue to do business with. Always assume the debtor will pay. Enclosing an envelope for payment is always a good idea. You can also include an envelope with postage. The easier you make it for the debtor to make payment, the better your chances are of receiving that payment. Collection letters should do two things: retain customer good will and help you get paid. You know a letter works well when you do a mailing and your phone rings off the hook when everyone receives their letters. If you send out a letter and there is no response, you need to re-work your letter.
Since 2008, economic policymakers and researchers have occupied a brave new economic world. Previous consensuses have been upended, former assumptions have been cast into doubt, and new approaches have yet to stand the test of time. Policymakers have been forced to improvise and researchers to rethink basic theory. George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate and one of this volume’s editors, compares the crisis to a cat stuck in a tree, afraid to move. In April 2013, the International Monetary Fund brought together leading economists and economic policymakers to discuss the slowly emerging contours of the macroeconomic future. This book offers their combined insights. The editors and contributors–who include the Nobel Laureate and bestselling author Joseph Stiglitz, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen, and the former Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer–consider the lessons learned from the crisis and its aftermath. They discuss, among other things, post-crisis questions about the traditional policy focus on inflation; macroprudential tools (which focus on the stability of the entire financial system rather than of individual firms) and their effectiveness; fiscal stimulus, public debt, and fiscal consolidation; and exchange rate arrangements.
Article by Irving Fisher (1936), Professor Emeritus of Economics, Yale University, urges Congress to take back the Constitutional money power, redeem the national debt, require banks’ demand deposit to be 100% liquid, to avoiding an inelastic loan structure that bursts, leaving frozen loans behind, and avoid ‘Global Financial Crises’. Includes a brief biography of Irving Fisher.
Hate paying bills? So do I, and that’s why I stopped! What if I told you that I haven’t paid a bill in almost six years! Do you want to know how I did it? With the help of Bella the Budgetnista, featured in this book, we will teach you what I took years to learn. The One Week Budget is for anyone that wants to manage their day-to-day money without the day-to-day trouble. Does this sound like you? What are you waiting for? Read the book! Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche