The debt crisis has reached an all-time high for this country. We have overextended ourselves with both secured and unsecured debt. The crisis has already reached far into the depths of our financial markets. We will explore some of the reasons why we are in this crisis and how we might go about changing the current trend.
First, let's look at the debt crisis as a whole. As mentioned, we have two basic flavors of debt, secured and unsecured. Secured debt relates to debt that is secured by an asset or held by collateral. Unsecured debt on the hand, is generally not tied to any collateral such as credit cards or personal loans. Recently though, the housing market collapse has blurred the lines of secured and unsecured debt.
It has been only recently that secured debt was seen as a certain acceptable form of debt. After all, secured debt was usually held against something that was appreciating at a rapid pace, our homes. We were receiving low interest rates, housing values were rising and the supply and demand was definitely favoring the home owner. Life was good.
What followed was at the very least, devastating for homeowners across the country and started the debt crisis. Now, you hear the sub-prime mortgage mess mentioned on the news, radio, and television every single day. This trend has had such a far-reaching effect into our financial markets, it is severely affecting our overall economy. There are many people that now owe more on their house than the net worth. A very disturbing trend. It will take leadership, creativity and perseverance to systemically get this market back on track.
Because of the deterioration of secured debt, unsecured debt has also increased at a starting and disturbing rate. We are now seeing lenders touting conversions of unsecured debt to secured debt while charging higher interest rates. This lending behavior is taking advantage of desperate homeowners and should be condemned. Going this route will likely result in a significant loss to the homeowner when selling their home. And, if you fall behind in your payments, it could even cost your home.
If you are overburdened with debt, act swiftly. The worst thing you can do is ignore the fact that you have overextended yourself financially. Seek help, it's out there. There are many options to overcome a seemingly desperate situation. Reputable debt relief management companies can help control your spending, manage your debt, and in many cases reduce your debt.
We as a country are faced with a debt crisis expected by few. If you find yourself in this situation, it is best to seek help. Many ignore their debt simply having things will improve. You would be best served to act quickly and better a seemingly desperate situation for you and your family.