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Subprime lending

Definition:

Lending to individuals who have a bad credit history or relatively low income. A higher interest rate is charged for such loans because risk to the lender is higher. Excessive subprime lending is often pointed to as one of the major causes of the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

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