Usury

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Usury

This term is generally used to denote an illegal predatory lending practice in which a lender charges an interest rate on a loan that is considered to be excessive or in violation with interest rate limits as established by some state governments. An excessively high interest rate that is overly burdensome for the borrower. A lender may set an interest rate unreasonably high if they believe that the borrower may not be able to repay the loan and interest. Limits on interest rates vary from state to state within the U.S. See: Loan shark, Usury laws

Usury

An excessively high interest rate. Different jurisdictions have different regulations as to what constitutes usury, but most places have laws protecting consumers from the practice of borrowing at such an interest rate. In some cases, as in Islamic finance, any interest at all is considered to be usury, and, therefore, providers of funding must find different ways to provide financing at a profit.

usury

An interest rate higher than allowed by state law. The limits usually vary depending on the size of the loan,the term,the use of the money,and/or the status of the borrower as a consumer or other type of borrower. The consequences of usury may range from a reduction of the interest rate, loss of all interest completely, or even civil fines or penalties.