Our take on the latest trending events:

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The banking industry is encountering various disruptive forces - including stiff regulations, the proliferation of online lending and innovative new lending activities - that bankers should monitor if they want to capitalize on existing opportunities.
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American Banker recently named marketplace lending its Innovation of the Year.
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Brazil's payments market has been growing rapidly, and this expansion has combined with several other factors to lay the foundation for a potential surge in mobile payments, technology expert Bethan Cowper wrote in American Banker.
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Billionaire investor George Soros has been laying the foundation so he can back peer-to-peer lending, a burgeoning industry that is making greater use of more traditional funding methods in an effort to reduce lending costs. 
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