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The Economy

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.


Getting to Know the Utilities Industry

The utilities industry is a highly-regulated market with tremendous regional fragmentation despite its maturity. However, it presents excellent opportunities for ARM companies. Utilities collections accounted for $550 billion in revenue for the ARM industry in 2014. This market segment is comprised of three broad sectors – electricity, gas, and water – but electricity and gas […]


The Effect of Switching from a Brunner to a Totality Test for Student Loan Bankruptcy

Student loans are making headlines, whether they’re about the size of the debt, the companies collecting the debt, or the hardships faced by recent graduates paying their debt. Earlier this week, MarketWatch published an article highlighting two Supreme Court petitions filed by men trying to discharge their student loan debt, bringing the issue front and […]

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New Academic Paper Urges CFPB to Carefully Consider Impact of Potential New Debt Collection Regulations

George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center Todd J. Zywicki has published a Working Paper entitled “The Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and Its Regulation.” The 69-page paper concludes that new government restrictions on debt collection may very well burden consumers. Zywicki starts with the premise […]


DBA International Commends George Mason University for Report on the Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and its Regulation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new study conducted by Professor Todd Zywicki of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University indicated that careful evaluation of the current regulatory environment was necessary to ensure that the debt collection and debt buying industries continued to fulfill their critical role in the economy. The study also found as the […]


United Debt Holding Selected to Receive 2015 Best of Business Award in Castle Rock, CO

Greenwood Village, CO – United Debt Holding, LLC is proud to announce the receipt of the 2015 Best of Business award in Castle Rock, CO in the small business category. The Small Business Community Association (SBCA) has been dedicated to empowering and recognizing small business owners who continually make a difference in their business community since […]

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As Economy Improves, Collectors Need Fresher, Expanded Data Sets, TransUnion Says

How do you identify which accounts have a higher likelihood to pay? Every collections firm wants to get better at answering this question. TransUnion claims that firms can – with better, fresher account data. Scoring accounts with a broader data set and more historical data can help firms better separate the uncollectable accounts from those […]

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Dept. of Education PCA Program Still a Driver of Small Business Growth

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) Private Collection Agency (PCA) program remains an opportunity for small businesses despite recent wrangling over five contractor suspensions in March and a bid process for large (“unrestricted”) contractors still incomplete after two years. Goals have gone up over the last two years, with ED’s prime and subcontracting goals now at 20% and 33%, respectively.