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Retail Lending

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Retail lending is the practice of loaning money to individuals rather than institutions. Retail lending is done by banks, credit unions, and savings and loan associations. These institutions make loans for automobile purchases, home purchases, medical care, home repair, vacations, and other consumer uses. Retail lending has taken a prominent role in the lending activities of banks, as the availability of credit and the number of products offered for retail lending have grown. The amounts loaned through retail lending are usually smaller than those loaned to businesses. Retail lending may take the form of installment loans, which must be paid off little by little over the course of years, or non-installment loans, which are paid off in one lump sum.

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