Our take on the latest trending events:

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Nigel Morris, who co-founded financial services firm Capital One, recently joined the board of Prosper Marketplace, the parent company of peer-to-peer online loan marketplace Prosper.
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San Francisco-based startup Affirm Inc. is harnessing an innovative new approach to lending, which some believe could potentially disrupt loan markets as we know them.
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Many consumers have lackluster feelings about the economy or their household income, according to the results of a recent Fannie Mae poll.
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One new initiative that is making waves in the credit markets is Square Capital, which lets small businesses secure capital in exchange for a claim on their future revenue stream.
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Younger people are more likely to consider alternative banking, according to the results of a recent Accenture survey.
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Regulators have been intensifying their scrutiny of banks, and more specifically the relationships these institutions have with their vendors.
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The federal government recently announced plans to make mortgage lending standards less stringent, hoping that doing so will help jump-start the housing market.
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The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced the outcome of its latest auction of 10-year notes.
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The Bank Director's 2014 Risk Practices Survey recently provided some insight into the risk management challenges that lending institutions are facing.
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A recent poll sponsored by real estate website Zillow has predicted that home prices will rise more than 4 percent in 2014.
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Financial services industry participants looking to get a fresh view of this particular sector might consider attending the upcoming conference EMERGE: The Forum on Consumer Financial Services Innovation.
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