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Alternative Lending

Small Business Loans: Options Along the Alternative Financing Spectrum

Gina Harman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Gina Harman

Small businesses, startups, and the self-employed have never had the easiest time getting financing, but most experts agree it became downright difficult following the housing bubble burst of 2007 to 2008.

The Inevitability of Regulation?

Jim Salters | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Jim Salters

Let's face it: many alternative small business lenders, funders and brokers have developed a bad reputation. Widely used labels such as "dishonest" and "predatory" are putting the industry at risk.

Innovative Lending Options Give Small Businesses New Life

Jamie Sutherland | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Jamie Sutherland

There are some good funding alternatives for small businesses and the growth in this area continues to accelerate. It won't be long before you and I can get crowdfunded equity in our favorite startups and businesses.

This City's Not Letting Any More Payday Lenders Set Up Shop

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.18.2012 | Money

Not all residents of the wealthy Silicon Valley are flush with cash. Turns out payday lending -- a type of short-term, high-interest loan that can...

Payday Loans: Do Borrowers Know What They're Getting?

Slate Magazine | Ray Fisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

There's been a lot of finger-pointing lately about who is to blame for the untenable financial circumstances of many American families. Among the usua...