My blood boils when I read tripe like this pitch from a lender promoting a debt consolidation loan: it’s not a loan, says the headline, it’s a way out of debt. I’m sorry, but that’s baloney.
About sixth grade, I learned that 3+7 and 5+5 both equaled 10. No matter what order the numbers came in, they still totaled the same sum.
Likewise, a consumer is no better off if, instead of having five accounts of $2,000 each, they have one account of $10,000. They still owe $10,000. As my colleague Kurt O’Keefe wrote, you can’t borrow your way out of debt.
My clients, to a man (or woman), want to pay their debts. They are looking for any alternative to bankruptcy. But to call more borrowing a “way out of debt” is like consulting the Humpty Dumpty for financial advice. He, at least, was open that words ” mean just what I choose them to mean”.