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If you needed to borrow money to make home improvements or consolidate credit card debt, where would you turn? For an increasing number of consumers, the answer is peer-to-peer lending platforms — websites that match borrowers with investors.

Peer-to-peer or P2P platforms issued $5.5 billion in loans in 2014, and that number is projected to grow to at least $150 billion by 2025, according to areportby Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

At least some of the industry’s growth thus far, experts say, is due the ease and speed of the loan application and approval process.

“Consumers are hungry for a simplified, streamlined lending process, and peer-to-peer companies are capitalizing on this need,” the PwC report said.

But just because an industry is growing doesn’t mean you should rush to jump on the bandwagon. Before you apply for a P2P loan, make sure you read up onhow the platforms work, and consider these important questions.

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day trade: Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.(SBY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE: SBY) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $21.47. Tricon Capital Group Inc. announced plans to buy Silver Bay Realty Trust for $21.50 per share.

  • [By Mark Holder]

    Instead of competing in one-off auctions, the traditional method of acquiring homes and the one preferred by Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) (NYSE: SBY  ) and American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) (NYSE: AMH  ) , the company is obtaining non-performing loans in pools that include thousands of loans. The ultimate outcome of these different models is unknown, but the market hasso far supported Altisource Residential.

day trade: AFC Enterprises Inc.(AFCE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By AnnaLisa Kraft]

    AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE  ) , which owns the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen quick- serve chain, once an undiscovered gem, has now soared 66% over the last year.

day trade: Energy XXI Ltd.(EXXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Energy XXI Ltd (NASDAQ: EXXI) were down 72 percent to $0.181 after the company announced that it and some of its subsidiaries have entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA) with holders of more than 63 percent of its secured second lien 11.0 percent notes. Energy XXI added that in order to implement the terms of the RSA, it has commenced cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

day trade: CVS Health Corporation(CVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) agreed to acquire Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET) for $69 billion.

    CVS will acquire Aetna in a deal worth approximately $69 billion ($77 billion including Aetna's debt), or $207 per share. As part of the agreement, CVS will pay Aetna shareholders $145 for each Aetna share in addition to 0.8378 CVS Health shares.

  • [By Shah Gilani]

    Hedge funds and institutional trading desks make huge bets on mergers and acquisitions, much like the pending $69 billion proposed buyout of Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) by CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS).

  • [By Keith Speights, Sean Williams, and Cory Renauer]

    So when we asked three of our top healthcare contributors to name three of the best stocks to invest in healthcare, it’s not surprising that their responses listed companies in three different industries: medical device makerMasimo (NASDAQ:MASI), pharmacy services giant CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and biopharmaceutical company Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LGND). Here’s why these three healthcare stocks stand out as smart picks.

  • [By Brian Feroldi]

    Investors in CVS Health(NYSE:CVS) should be quiterelieved to finally put 2016 in the rearview mirror. Shares of the retail pharmacy giant fell by more than 18% during 2016, according to data fromS&P Global Market Intelligence. That vastly underperformed the company’s biggest rival,Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA).

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