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The shocking amount of interest you'd owe on a $300 payday loan

Payday loans may be seen as a one-time emergency measure for anyone who needs quick funds, such as between paycheques. But consumers should avoid falling into the trap of holding multiple payday loans at one time, or using them regularly.

While they are framed with a dollar cost of borrowing, in percentage terms they often have interest rates in the hundreds of percent range. So how do you calculate the annual percentage rate on a payday loan? Preet Banerjee breaks it down in this Drawing Conclusions video.

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Personal Finance columnist

Preet Banerjee is a consultant to the financial services industry. You can follow him on twitter at  @PreetBanerjee. You can find his conflict of interest disclosure on his website. More

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