High Levels Of Debt Tied To Poor Health, Lower Productivity
No one likes being in debt, but a recent study from Fidelity showed that having high levels of credit card debt, medical bills, student loans, and other financial stressors could actually be hazardous to your heath. Not only that, but being in debt can actually sap workers of productivity, preventing them from doing the very thing that could help them climb out of debt: excel at work.
The Total Well-Being survey, conducted by Fidelity, included responses from 9,315 workers across the nation, all of whom have retirement accounts with Fidelity. Participants included people ages 21 through 75, with a median age of 45, and were fairly evenly distributed according to gender. Two-thirds of participants had a college degree.
Paying off debt, saving money cause stress
Ninety-eight percent of those surveyed said they’d felt anxious sometime in the past three months, and much of that anxiety was linked to money. Thirty-four percent said they felt stressed about saving for the future, and 33 percent were worried about paying off debt. Other stressors included jobs (47 percent) and weight management (30 percent).
Being in a lot of debt seemed to cause more absenteeism at work; respondents with the highest levels of debt reported missing work twice as often as those with lower amounts of debt. Although medical debt was the leading indicator for workplace absenteeism, student loan debt and credit card debt also caused stress for many people.
Lower interest rates, balance transfers can help lower debt
For those who struggle to pay off debt, and whose overall wellness is being impacted by high levels of debt, getting a low interest credit card can be a good way to keep debts down. Unpaid charges on a credit card with a high APR can easily spiral out of control, causing folks to get in over their head financially. But a lower interest rate can keep payments more manageable. Anyone with a good or even average credit score can get access to a credit card for fair credit.
Balance transfers are another easy way to pay off debt faster. By transferring the debt to a card with a 0% interest rate, the amount can get paid off quickly, making it easier to set aside money for savings.
Latest Fair Credit Credit Card News
It’s hard to imagine life without credit cards or loans these days. Everyone around participates in the race for a good credit score. It is as important for us as nothing else, that’s why you should start building it as early as possible.
Coffee drinkers are in for a treat with the new Starbucks Rewards Visa card, a co-branded credit card for folks who love coffee – and credit card rewards.
Whether you have fair credit, are just starting to build a credit score, or already have good credit, you can apply for the new Starbucks Rewards Visa card from Chase. The card is integrated directly into the Starbucks Rewards customer loyalty program, so it’s easy to redeem rewards. The card is accepted worldwide everywhere that accepts Visa, and rewards can be redeemed for free drinks and snacks at over 8,000 Starbucks locations around the globe.
J.D. Power’s latest customer satisfaction survey brings good news for American Express cardholders – but they might already be aware of it. Not only did Amex score the highest for great customer service, they outpaced the industry average by 33 points to score the highest they ever have since the study was launched in 2007.
A new credit card from Synchrony Financial offers drivers the ease of paying for automobile maintenance as well as gas.
Holiday shopping seems to start earlier every year, but this year more than half of people surveyed by Synchrony Financial said they would head to the stores even earlier, in order to find good discounts and spread out their spending over a longer period of time.