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What is PREPAYMENT PENALTY

A penalty imposed on the borrower for the complete settlement of the loan before the expected payoff date. It is means of compensation for the lender as the potential interest income is not realized. Also, the possibility of the reinvestment of the complete loan amount at a potentially lower interest rate is extinguished. An average penalty is approximately equal to the interest payments for three months on the loan amount.

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