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A specific piece of property that backs up or secures a loan or debt and that the creditor can take back if the borrower defaults on payment.

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All secured debts are backed up by collateral. If you have a car loan, your car serves as collateral for the loan. If you have a mortgage, the home serves as collateral for the mortgage loan. If you default on a loan that's secured by collateral, the lender can repossess the collateral because they have a security interest or lien on the property.


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