Home equity loans and other nontraditional products are the latest frontier for mortgage lenders as they adjust their menus to serve an aging populace.

With fewer first-time homebuyers in the market, the products represent continued growth for the industry-but also pose new risks and challenges.

With this page, American Banker launches expanded coverage every Wednesday of the industry's forays into uncharted territory that includes not only home equity loans but also reverse mortgages, second mortgages, and loans to homebuyers with less-than-perfect credit.

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