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ceiling

Vox populi A maximum, upper limit. See Glass ceiling, Nondisclosure ceiling.
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This article will examine whether deregulated usury ceilings and the credit card industry's consequent rise have played a symbiotic role in undermining American citizens' financial health.
Soon after credit card banks began to export rates, many states, fearing the loss of banking business, raised or eliminated their usury ceilings. In 1975, only 3 states had no usury ceilings, and another 10 had ceilings above 15 percent on loans to individuals.
This perception of an actual or potential "no" response easily slides into a perception of market power on the part of the bank (thereby justifying limits on size, usury ceilings, must serve requirements, etc.(18))--even though there are good reasons (rooted in the problems of "asymmetric information") why even competitive bankers would need to say no to some would-be customers.(19)
Usury ceilings, which limited the interest rates that could be charged on certain consumer loans, became binding, making such loans unprofitable.