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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Alternative Lending Sources

What is the proper measure for creditworthiness in this day and age?

Apparently, it is no longer simply the credit report or the verdict of one's local banking institution. There are so many individuals who fall short of traditional standards of creditworthiness that the marketplace has naturally made room for non-traditional lenders. Besides the controversial subprime mortgage lending industry that most people are by now familiar with, there is a increasung trend in person-to-person lending organizations. Websites like Prosper.com facilitate lending transactions between individuals and other single or small group benefactors. Using such a service empowers people who may not otherwise receive loan funding to finance their dreams and goals.

I am still not sure how I feel about the rise in alternative lending resources. At first glance it looks great; power to the people, right? There is no reason why deserving people should have to remain at the mercy of the big bad traditional financial institutions, right? I'm not so sure that pumping more loans into the pipeline is the answer. Then again, I am one of the few who believes that people should begin to move away from financing instead of toward it. If enough people renounced the borrowing lifestyle and stopped applying for loans, the market would respond with more competetive rates and terms. Then we wouldn't need many of these alternative lending options.

Wouldn't that be something?

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1 Comments:

Blogger Sharon Secor said...

While I do agree with your basic premise that people should move away from financing, as well as your point concerning how that would affect the credit market, I do like the concept of being able to cut major corporations out of the loop, so to speak.

In addition, if more people were getting their financing outside of the mainstream, it would have the same affect on the credit industry as you described, because even if people were getting loans, it wouldn't be in a way that the big players could profit to the same degree on.

Best REgards...

Monday, January 21, 2008 9:43:00 AM  

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