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.
Bank of America, Citi and JPMorgan Chase reported earnings that beat expectations -- despite a drop in investment banking and trading income. Results were buoyed by lower losses on loans and credit cards and resulting cuts in loan reserves that were bigger than expected.
The nation's car dealers are lobbying Congress to cut them a bargain in the new financial reform bill. Their aim -- to keep auto loans outside the purview of the new agency being created to protect consumers from financial services firms' abusive practices.