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Ford Gets Its Blue Oval Out of Hock

Dogged by creditors, and deep in debt, Ford had to hock its most famous icon back in 2006, putting it up as security for $23.4 billion in loans. On Tuesday, Ford got it back.

Online Pawn Shop Polishes Up an Old Lending Idea

Two-year-old Pawngo bills itself as a more upscale pawnshop for the digital age, catering to a new breed of pawn customer -- not desperate, just temporarily cash-strapped. The company wants to dispel the stereotype of sketchy storefronts dealing in fenced goods -- and so far, it has had a fair amount of success.

Stock-Based Loans: Quick Cash, but Watch Your Assets

If you need cash and have investments you don't want to sell, a stock-based loan may sound like a good idea. But the unregulated stock-based loan industry can be a risky way to tap into the value of your portfolio, warns the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

How to Lend Money to Friends Without Losing Both

Lending money to friends and family ranks among the most pernicious of relationship stressors. It's not just the cash -- it's the emotions we all carry about it. But with a little planning, you can help someone out of a financial bind without putting your friendship in the red.