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A Way Out — Not A Bailout, Expert Howard Dvorkin, Founder of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. Proposes a Solution

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

No free ride solution, Howard Dvorkin devises a plan that keeps American's in their homes without relying on a taxpayer bailout. The $700 billion bailout plan does little to avert foreclosures, the root of the crises. Banks and lenders who granted unstable loans should get a 40 percent penalty and consumers should be offered 50+ year mortgage repayment plans.

Ft. Lauderdale , FL (PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- America needs a plan that does not reward people for bad behavior and at the same time keep people in their homes, without having taxpayers pick up the tab. Currently nearly $100 billion worth of loans are deemed at risk for foreclosure over the next two years as borrowers with adjustable rate mortgages, see rates adjust. Some borrowers with these loans are being informed now of payment changes and the bulk of those loans will reset in 2010.

"The housing calamity is at the heart of the problems that our economy is facing right now," says Howard Dvorkin, CPA, personal finance expert, author, founder of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services and former consultant to the Resolution Trust Corporation hat focused on bank work-outs in the late 1980s. "Looking at the numbers it seems the average increase in mortgage payments will be 65 percent and payments could jump by as much as 100 percent for some people," he continued.

Until now, the majority of the mortgage crisis was caused by subprime loans -- those with high interest rates made to borrowers with poor credit. However, borrowers at risk now on average had good credit but stretched their budgets with option- ARM loans.

Howard Dvorkin is proposing a viable solution to help solve the mortgage and credit crisis in the United States. "Once mortgages have been taken over by the newly formed government agency, they should only pay the surrendering bank 60 percent of the original loan value. The 40 percent loss from the original lender would be funneled back into the governmental agency to help fund any necessary related expenses. Once the loan is transferred, the homeowners would then be allowed to enter into a 50 or 60 year mortgage at the prevailing interest rate, assuming no negative amortization occurs," said Dvorkin.

"The key is to get the monthly mortgage payment amount similar to when the consumer first took the loan out, before the ARM reset. Extending principal payments over 50 or 60 years, would allow the consumer to be responsible for the principal amount of the original mortgage. This plan would require some tax law modifications but it would keep American's in their homes," continued Dvorkin.

Dvorkin's proposed plan will punish all parties involved. Punishing lenders for giving loans to people who couldn't afford them and those consumers who knew they would not be able to afford the mortgage long-term. Nationwide, there have been 2 million filings this year and RealtyTrac, a company that monitors foreclosure activity, projects 2.5 million additional homes will enter foreclosure over the next year.

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Americas Watchdog Expands Its Advocacy for Individuals or Businesses Cheated in the Auction Rate Securities Debacle and Lashes Out on $700 Billion Dollar Bank Welfare

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

For nearly eight months, Americas Watchdog has been battling for all consumers and businesses victimized by Wall Street stock brokerage firms, investment bankers and U.S. banks involved in the sales of extremely high risk securities, called auction rate securities. According to Americas Watchdog, "While there have been a small number of settlements announced involving the retail clients, many sellers of auction rate securities have not been forced into a settlement. Even worse, many larger investors or businesses that were sold a bill of goods by a stock broker or U.S. bank investment advisor, will never see a settlement because of the size of their investment. And now bankruptcy's involving Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual could change everything." Americas Watchdog says, "We want to hear from the auction rate securities victims who stand to lose millions, because they are being categorized as sophisticated investors. We consider fraud to be still be fraud, regardless if the investment was $25,000 or $250 million." Victims or businesses that have been victimized in the auction rate securities scandal with amounts above $10 million should call Americas Watchdog's Wall Street Fraud Watchdog at 866-714-6466, or visit their Web site at

(PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- Americas Watchdog and its Wall Street Fraud Watchdog have been fighting to get full refunds for the victims of auction rate securities for almost eight months. A very small number of what Americas Watchdog considers being criminals have been forced into settlements involving auction rate securities involving their, what have been referred to as "retail clients" (retail clients equals auction rate securities victims with investments under $4 million to $10 million invested).

According to Americas Watchdog, "We are not letting any Wall Street brand name stock broker, or any U.S. bank off the hook, relative to settlements with larger business or individual investors. The auction rate securities con job is a $330 billion financial disaster, and we are going to try to see to it that every penny gets refunded, regardless of the size of the investor." Large or small auction rate securities investors can contact Americas Watchdog's Wall Street Fraud Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466, or they can visit their Web site at

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Americas Watchdog is a leader in protecting U.S. shareholders and tax payers. According to the group, "Our nation is on the verge of bailing out the bank that knowingly bought a bankrupt Countrywide Home Loans in early July, as part of the $700 billion U.S. bank bailout. We estimate that toxic Countrywide Home Loans could easily be $50+ billion. And that now becomes a taxpayer responsibility? The story gets worse. Senate Finance Chairman Dodd has taken tens of thousands of dollars from the U.S. bank that purchased Countrywide, since the first of the year. How about the victims of the auction rate securities fraud Senator Dodd, or do auction rate securities victims have to pay you off too?" (source Hartford Courant 6-22-2008)

"As part of the $700 billion U.S. bank/Investment Banker bailout, instead of earmarking millions of dollars for Senator Obama's 'community activist group' Acorn, that really needs a thorough IRS audit and Department of Justice investigation, how about including $330 billion for auction rate securities victims -- they did not lie on a mortgage loan application and then discover they could not make the payments, or attempt to flip a house; it was their hard earned money."

Note to the National Press: Americas Watchdog states, "We are sure it's fun beating the crap out of Gov. Sarah Palin everyday, but every DC news organization knows about the money flooding into to U.S. Sen. Dodd's offices from banks and investment bankers (one in particular), how about a story about that? And a story about auction rate securities victims?"

Americas Watchdog says, "We do not want larger auction rate securities victims thinking they have been kicked to the curb. We do not want larger auction rate securities victims including individuals, businesses or organizations wasting money on outside legal counsel, only to discover the law firm is conflicted out, or is lacking in the necessary arbitration skills to recover their lost or frozen money. We have identified the most competent and capable securities arbitration law firms in the United States, and we will work with every victim to make certain they have the absolute best resources available to them."

Individuals, businesses, or organizations that are larger investors should call the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6464, or visit their Web site at

"Americas Watchdog is all about consumer & taxpayer protection. It is long over due."


Parents Sacrifice Luxuries to Secure Future Funds for Children

Thursday, October 9th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

As financial situations worsen, parents are having to cut back on personal luxuries in order to secure a better future for their children, according to new research out today by Family Investments, the UK's leading Child Trust Fund provider.

(PRWEB) October 1, 2008 -- The research shows that for 83% of parents, purchasing beauty products is first on the list of things to be cut out to ensure enough is being put aside for their child's future, despite recent reports that sales in designer lipsticks have gone up. This is closely followed by clothes shopping, as 81% of parents say they are cutting back on purchases.

A less surprising figure in light of holiday companies such as XL going bust is that nearly half of the parents questioned (49%) have or will be cutting back on holidays to ensure their children's savings are not being neglected during the crunch. Only 6% of the parents questioned are not prepared to change their spending habits at all when it comes to saving for their child.

One in three children will be bearing the brunt of these cut backs however, as a third of parents will be cutting back on treats such as toys and sweets, in order to prioritise how their money is being spent on their child. For the majority of parents (66%) it is felt that any disposable income in this current economic climate should be put towards long term investments as opposed to everyday luxuries and treats.

Kate Baker, Head of Marketing at child trust fund (CTF) provider Family Investments said: 'In our experience saving for a child's future is a parental obligation, so when things are getting tough this the last area that parents are willing to cut back on. Despite the strain of the current economic climate, 85% of parents will be continuing to top up their child's trust funds by the same amount, it's just a matter of cutting back on little luxuries when things are tight to ensure their children's savings don't suffer .'