Alt-A

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Alt-A

Short for Alternative-A paper. Alt-A are loans that are considered riskier than prime loans but less risky than subprime loans. Generally made to individuals with a good credit score but some aspect of the loan (e.g. limited documentation or high loan-to-value ratio) makes the loan riskier than prime. Also see A paper, No docs.
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Indeed, in 1995, just as he was getting into the thick of the spread of low-doc loans, he founded Headlands Foundation, a nonprofit charity, in order, he said, to do things right.
In both cases, the share of low-doc loans increased over the years, as shown in Figure 6.
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