Debt Consolidation vs. Debt Settlement: 5 Things You Need To Know

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Editor’s Note: This episode initially aired on March 1, 2023. It may contain some details that are out of date.

Got debt? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, about 24% of consumers have an account in collections. Think about that. More than 1 in 4 of us are getting hounded on a past-due bill!

Maybe you’re not to that point yet, but you can probably relate to the feeling of bills piling up. Or maybe you’re wondering how you’ll pay off your part of the more than $1.7 trillion in student loan debt.

As just about every adult can attest, like marriage or car leases, debt’s a lot easier to get into than out of.

So in this week’s podcast, we’re going to look at different solutions to destroy debt.

As usual, host Stacy Johnson is joined by financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer Aaron Freeman. We have two special guests this week, Natalia Brown and Jeff Biesman from National Debt Relief. They’ll walk us through options like debt consolidation and debt settlement.

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Before we start, two things: First, Money Talks News has an advertising relationship with National Debt Relief. But that never influences our panel’s opinions. Second, be aware that anything you hear on this podcast doesn’t constitute financial advice. Always do your own research and consult your own experts before acting on anything you learn here.

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Debt Consolidation vs. Debt Settlement

It’s important to understand the difference between debt consolidation and debt settlement. We take you through all of that in this episode. Our special guests help you understand how their services work, and we also offer you some ideas for what is likely to work best for you.

Depending on your situation, one solution might work better than another. Before you decide, check out this episode where Miranda gets real about how she messed up her credit big time.

Here are some resources from Money Talks News about debt settlement and debt consolidation, as well as information about dealing with debt collectors:

How to pay down debt

If you’re interested in paying down debt on your own, we have a lot of great resources on how to create a plan to pay down debt.

Meet this week’s guest, Natalia Brown

Natalia Brown
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Natalia Brown joined National Debt Relief (NDR) in 2010 and has served as chief client operations officer since 2019. Natalia is also an executive board member of the American Fair Credit Council (AFCC).

Natalia volunteers at New Women New Yorkers, a nonprofit that focuses on supporting immigrant women in New York City. She also sits on the advisory board for Four Steps Forward, a program that aims to financially educate 1 million black women over the next five years.

Natalia is a native New Yorker and has two sons who inspire her to be the best she can be every day. She is a certified debt specialist and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehman College and a master’s in operations and project management from Southern New Hampshire University.

Meet this week’s guest, Jeff Biesman

Jeff Biesman
Courtesy of Jeff Biesman / Money Talks News

Jeff Biesman is the chief marketing officer at National Debt Relief and Reach Financial. In this capacity, Jeff is responsible for the brand, PR, partnerships and all direct-to-consumer marketing activities for both companies. Jeff’s career spans a wide range of organizations including AT&T Interactive, Shoedazzle, Bank of America, Sony Pictures Digital, the Walt Disney Company and others.

Jeff grew up in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.A. in Political Science and MBA with a concentration in marketing. Jeff currently resides in Agoura Hills, California.

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About the hosts

Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He’s a CPA, and he has also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She’s been covering personal finance and investing topics for almost 20 years. When not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading and the outdoors.

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