Closed-End Credit

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DEFINITION of 'Closed-End Credit'

A loan or extension of credit in which the proceeds are dispersed in full when the loan closes and must be repaid, including any interest and finance charges, by a specified date. The loan may require periodic principal and interest payments, or may require the entire payment of principal at maturity.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Closed-End Credit'

In this type of loan or credit arrangement, the full amount owed must be paid back by the borrower by a set point in time. Most real estate and auto loans are closed-end credit, while credit cards and home-equity lines of credit are open-end or revolving lines of credit.

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