Ouch! Propublica and Marketplace just published a story about installment loans…One borrower who is profiled in the story thought she was paying 90% APR, but with extra “add-on” fees, her effective interest rate was 182%!!!
Installment loans are typically, shorter-term, high-interest, loans to borrowers with severely damaged credit. These loans usually have longer terms than the 2-3 week turnaround for payday loans, and the borrower agrees to pay the money back in equal, monthly installments, but some of those who have worked at installment lenders say these loans are laden with charges aimed at getting around interest-rate rules and keeping the borrower in a cycle of indebtedness.
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