savings and loan association

noun
a thrift institution that is required by law to make a certain percentage of its loans as home mortgages
Syn: ↑savings and loan
Hypernyms: ↑thrift institution
Hyponyms: ↑building society

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noun
: a cooperative association formed under federal or state law in the United States that solicits savings in the form of share capital, invests its funds in mortgages, and permits deposits in and withdrawals from share accounts similar to those allowed for savings accounts in banks — called also cooperative bank, mutual loan association

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a cooperative savings institution, chartered and regulated by a state or the federal government, that receives deposits in exchange for shares of ownership and invests its funds chiefly in loans secured by first mortgages on homes. Also called building and loan association, cooperative bank; Brit., building society.

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savings and loan association noun (US)
A building society
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savings and loan association UK US noun [countable] [singular savings and loan association plural savings and loan associations] american
a building society
Thesaurus: relating to buying or leasing real estatehyponym types of bank and people who work in bankshyponym

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savings and loan association,
a bank that uses the savings deposits of its members to make loans, usually for the purchase and building of homes, paying the members dividends from the profits; building and loan association; cooperative bank.

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noun, pl ⋯ -tions [count]
US : a business that is like a bank and that holds and invests the money saved by its members and makes loans to home buyers — called also savings and loan, S&L

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ˌsavings and ˈloan association (US) (BrE ˈbuilding society) noun (abbr. S&L)
an organization like a bank that lends money to people who want to buy a house. People also save money with a building society.
See also:building society  
Culture:
building societies and savings and loan associations [building societies and savings and loan associations savings and loan association]
Building societies are British financial institutions that give ↑mortgages (= a type of loan) to people to help them buy a house. They also offer a range of savings accounts for those who want to save money. In the US savings and loan associations provide a similar service. Mortgages are paid for from the interest paid by people borrowing money and from money placed by the public in savings accounts, which is then invested by the society at a profit.
Traditionally, building societies operated as mutual organizations which shared profits with their members. The first building societies had a few members who paid subscriptions towards their own home. When homes had been built for all of them the societies were closed. In the 19th century hundreds of permanent societies were created throughout Britain. Names such as The Coventry Building Society showed their local origins. People investing money in these societies did so in order to obtain interest on their savings, not necessarily because they wanted a loan for a house. Many building societies later joined together to form larger, national organizations, each with hundreds of branches.
In the 1980s and 1990s, building societies had to compete for customers with banks, which also offered mortgages, and they began to offer banking facilities themselves. After 1986, many of the larger building societies including the Abbey, the Halifax and the Woolwich became banks. This meant that they could offer a full range of banking services. The country’s largest surviving building society, the Nationwide, decided not to become a bank because it believed that it could defend customers’ interests more effectively as a building society.
In the US savings and loan associations, also called S & Ls or thrifts, were created for people who wanted to get a mortgage or save money. Originally, they operated under different rules from banks and had limits on the services they could provide. In the 1980s, as in Britain, the rules changed and now S & Ls and banks offer similar kinds of accounts.
In the late 1980s S & Ls got a bad reputation when many failed. This was partly because they had taken risks in investing money in an attempt to compete with banks, and partly because many were dishonestly run. The US government gave back to people the money they had invested, but many Americans still associate S & Ls with this problem. The S & Ls that exist now are run under tighter controls and are regarded as safe places to keep money.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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