Here’s a sobering economic indicator: freshly charged off consumer debts are now selling for what tertiary debts — those previously placed with two collection agencies — commanded just a few years ago.

Debt brokers and buyers say the fresh chargeoffs, including credit card accounts, now trade at 4 cents to 7 cents on the dollar. In early 2008, such portfolios fetched as much as 14 cents on the dollar, a 10-year high.

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