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Costly Cash: The Rise of Pawn Shops and Payday Lenders

Millions of Americans are facing the worst money problems imaginable, but these same conditions are a boon for pawn shops and payday lenders. Borrowers get short-term loans at these stores using some asset as collateral -- their paycheck, or a car, or jewelry. That access to cash helps, but it comes at a cost that can be crippling.