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Since the economic downturn began in the U.S. in 2008, the fortunes of ARM companies have largely mirrored the broader business environment. Debt collection agencies are particularly susceptible to high unemployment, inflated consumer bankruptcies, and plummeting housing pricing. Combined with a general tightening of credit standards, the ARM industry is more tied to macroeconomic trends than ever before.


Encore Partners With U.S. Reps. Peters and Hunter On Bill To Exempt Forgiven Debt From Federal Taxation

Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) announced yesterday that it has collaborated with U.S. Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Duncan Hunter (CA-50) to create a bill that would exempt up to $2,500 worth of forgiven personal and household debt from federal taxation. The bill (H.R. 2640) was recently introduced as the “Consumer Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief Act of 2015.” This re-raises the 1099-C debate for the collection industry.


Terrible Jobs Report in March May Signal Shift in the Labor Market, or Simply a Correction

After a run of fantastic job reports for the U.S. economy in late 2014, the latest employment report from the Labor Department cemented what was a lackluster first quarter of 2015. In March, hiring bottomed out, with just 126,000 jobs added last month, and another 69,000 subtracted from previously reported totals in January and February. March was the slowest single month for job growth since 2013.


An Employment Report that Might Actually Mean Something for the ARM Industry

The U.S. Labor Department early Friday said that non-farm payrolls in the country grew by 257,000 in January, slightly more than what analysts had expected. The headline unemployment rate actually increased to 5.7 percent from 5.6 percent in December. But that, combined with other data released, is a positive development in one of the best jobs reports in decades.