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August filings down 11% … which means what, exactly?

According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, interpreting the data supplied by the National Bankruptcy Research Center, the number of consumer bankruptcies filed last month was 11% lower than it was last year. That fact is also consistent with the 2011 trend of fewer new filings each month than in the same month of 2010.

All of which sounds promising until we remember that last month 113,432 Americans still had to file bankruptcy to ward off severe financial turmoil, much of it due to their upside down mortgages and ever-sinking home values: trends that have not changed in 2011.

According to ABI Executive Director Sam Gerdano, consumer bankruptcies are declining due to the deleveraging of credit card accounts by consumers and the fact that new credit is so hard to get. 

Again I ask: how is that good news? No new credit? What if you need new appliances? A new vehicle? What if you are in a once-in-a-lifetime cash crunch? I guess it’s alright as long as it’s some else’s pain. 

But hey, at least the August filings represented a 1% decrease from July. I know, I’m not that impressed either. Hey O’Bama, where’s your messiah now? But seriously… the President had better do something or he’ll end up as a one-term-wonder.

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