Peer-to-peer lending

7 Alternatives to Investing in the Stock Market

The stock market is a great investment if you have a long time horizon. But should you stick with stocks once you retire? Most financial advisers recommend cutting back on equities as you get older -- but that money has to go somewhere productive. Here are seven investment alternatives.

Are Mortgages from Walmart the Future of Lending?

Since the financial crash of 2007, banks have lost their luster and alternative financing options like peer-to-peer lending have grown rapidly. Now, a new study suggests the next phase of lending's transformation will be companies like Walmart and eBay offering big loans at lower rates.

Either a Borrower or a Lender Be: Why P2P Lending Keeps Growing

Random people won't just give you the money you need to float you through your fiscal troubles. But they might make you a loan. Peer-to-peer lending, where borrowers bypass the big banks and get loans directly from other individuals, is getting bigger all the time.

Peering Into the Peer-to-Peer Lending Boom

For those who can't get bank loans, the new business of peer-to-peer lending can be a lifesaver. Internet companies connect people who need to borrow with individuals willing to lend to them directly -- for a fair profit, of course. Here's how it all works.

Borrowing Trouble at Microlender Prosper.com

Peer-to-peer lending site Prosper.com has stopped letting high-risk borrowers use its site because too many of them failed to repay their loans. The site's problem, says columnist and one-time lender Alex Salkever, is that Prosper got in the way of letting a social bond form between microborrower and microlender.