In the past few years, consumers disillusioned with tight-fisted banks have jumped on the peer-to-peer lending bandwagon.
When the Great Recession hit, banks suffered big losses as borrowers defaulted on loans they had taken out during the economy’s long upturn. In response, lenders have drastically tightened their lending requirements. As a result, many borrowers with anything less than stellar credit now can’t qualify for traditional bank loans.
But non-wealthy Americans still need loans from time to time. And as bankers have turned stingy, borrowers have increasingly turned to alternative online lending platforms, such as Lending Club and Prosper Marketplace.
By Penny Yi Wang for Medill News Service Manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. is trying to dig out as headwinds from slowing global markets and falling oil prices pile up. The company is forecasting flat sales for the coming year. Shares of the Peoria-based company have been under pressure since mid-July when key overseas markets reported slower […]
By Penny Yi Wang for Medill News Service Cisco Systems Inc., reported a fiscal first quarter profit decline in line with expectations and reiterated a flat outlook, as emerging markets — which earlier fueled the Internet-equipment maker’s growth — continue to soften. For the quarter ended on October 25, net income of the router maker declined 8.4 […]
Parking in the city is never easy, but SpotHero, a Chicago-based technology company, has found a way to help commuters. The start-up’s mobile apps find discounted parking spots in real time and allow users to pay online or in the app. The company, which launched in 2011 with three co-founders, now has 30 employees. SpotHero has just added four new cities to its roster of seven.
Shot on an iPhone 6. Music: Batty McFaddin by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Melissa Coleman was a nurse in the intensive care unit at Redmond Park Hospital, GA. In 2012, she was terminated while on leave. Coleman applied for several ICU nurse positions at Redmond, but she was not interviewed for any of them. The Family and Medical Leave Act regulated by the Department of Labor’s Wage and […]
By Penny Yi Wang for Medill News Service The U.S. stock market posted strong gains Tuesday with most indices rising for a fourth consecutive session as quarterly earnings reports drove investors’ confidence.