subprime

/sʌbˈpraɪm/ (say sub'pruym)

adjective US
of, relating to, or designating a loan, usually a housing loan, which is risky because the borrower is less than ideal or has an ability to repay which has not been accurately assessed.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Subprime — Le terme Subprime s est fait connaitre en français suite à la crise des subprimes aux États Unis ; il désigne des emprunts plus risqués pour le prêteur (et à meilleur rendement) que la catégorie prime, particulièrement pour désigner une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Subprime — Werbung eines Hypothekenmaklers für Kreditnehmer mit geringer Bonität Als Subprime Markt wird ein Teil des privaten (also nicht für gewerbliche Zwecke dienenden) Hypothekendarlehenmarkts bezeichnet, der überwiegend aus Kreditnehmern mit geringer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Subprime — A classification of borrowers with a tarnished or limited credit history. Lenders will use a credit scoring system to determine which loans a borrower may qualify for. Subprime loans carry more credit risk, and as such, will carry higher interest …   Investment dictionary

  • subprime — /sub pruym /, adj. 1. being of less than top quality: a subprime grade of steel. 2. being below a prime rate: banks engaging in subprime lending. [SUB + PRIME] * * * …   Universalium

  • subprime — sub prime UK [ˈsʌbˌpraɪm] / US or subprime UK / US adjective economics used to describe lending at a higher than usual rate of interest because it involves borrowers who are less likely to be able to pay back their loan the subprime mortgage… …   English dictionary

  • subprime — ¦səbˌ adjective Etymology: sub + prime (II) : of, relating to, or being the issuing of credit to borrowers with poor credit ratings subprime lending a subprime borrower …   Useful english dictionary

  • subprime — 1. adjective /ˈsʌbpɹʌɪm,ˈsəbpɻaɪm/ a) Less than prime; inferior. b) (now world wide) Designating a loan (typically at a greater than usual rate of interest) offered to a borrower who is not qualified for other loans (e.g. because of poor credit… …   Wiktionary

  • subprime — sub·prime …   English syllables

  • subprime —  n.m. Fin. Prêt hypothécaire à risques …   Le dictionnaire des mots absents des autres dictionnaires

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