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Abstract

Building and loan associations are organizations designed for the general purpose of accumulating by gradual payments of their members a fund to be invested primarily in loans on real estate. At present these organizations almost invariably are corporations for profit. Because of their economic importance these associations have long been regarded as affected with a public interest and therefore subject to a higher degree of regulation than would be sustained in the case of ordinary profit-making corporations. Special legislation is necessary because building and loan associations differ widely from other corporations in financial structure and operation.

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