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Big Lenders Struggle, Alternative Borrowing Booms

Big Lenders Struggle, Alternative Borrowing Booms

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While many big lenders in the United States are hurting from the mortgage meltdown, alternative methods of borrowing are becoming more popular — Islamic finance, ethical investing, and local rescue loans are just a few of the new options. Experts weigh in on the question: Is there a better way to borrow?

Guests:

Binya Applebaum, business reporter for the Boston Globe

Amjad Quadri, national director of the University Islamic Financial Corporation