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Social Lending Pros And Cons

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

With faith in banks and credit card companies on the decline, more consumers are turning to social lending as an alternative to existing financial institutions for their borrowing needs. The worst offenders, credit card companies, have been lowering credit limits and increasing penalty fees and interest rates on even their most loyal customers. For this reason, frustrated credit card holders comprise one of the largest sectors looking into lending sites to refinance credit card debt. With interest rates as low as 7.8% at some social lending sites, 10% to 15% less than credit card companies and banks, consumers are giving this option a hard look.

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