I’m writing this as we wind up 2008 and head into the new year. This has been a very busy year here at ZipDebt, to say the least. This, of course, is a just sign of the times economically, and I’m expecting 2009 to break new records in terms of the number of people seeking assistance. It’s been so busy, in fact, that I’ve been delayed in writing about a few topics that I’d like to share my thoughts on. As time permits, I’ll be writing about the new rules imposed on credit card banks by the OCC. I also plan to write more about the financial crisis of 2007-2008.
For anyone looking to gain a better understanding of what happened to our economy, I highly recommend “The Trillion Dollar Meltdown” by financial writer Charles Morris. The book was published early in 2008, so it doesn’t discuss the stock market crash and panic that occurred in October 2008, but my understanding is that a revised edition will hit bookstores in early 2009, renamed “The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown”! You won’t find a more lucid explanation anywhere, and if you’re wondering what the heck a synthetic CMO is (collateralized mortgage obligation), this is the book you want.
To my regular readers, clients, fans, (and critics too) — best wishes for a safe holiday and a Happy New Year!
Here Here, Charles. I’ve been meaning to leave you a comment or two and have been following your updates so this is one of my New Years’ resolutions, to do more!
Looking forward to more of your DIY Debt Settlement articles in 2009.
Judge Roy Bean says
Here’s to hope for improvement in 2009.
Having said that, the reality is opportunists are like the whack-a-mole game, and every one you knock down seems to raise another to victimize people in debt.
If I had a dollar for every person who “discovered” the same old debt-elimination nonsense instead of taking your advice and dealing with the squaliformes head on on their own I’d be able to pay off my house.
Keep up the good work!
The Honorable Judge Roy Bean
Thank you, Your Honor. Keep up the good work yourself.
Readers interested in the debunking of debt elimination nonsense should spend
some time reading the “Advance Fee Fraud and Mortgage & Debt Elimination” forum
at http://www.quatloos.com, where Judge Roy Bean posts regularly, as well as his own blog.
Keep whacking those moles, Roy. Somebody has to do it…:-)