WASHINGTON - More than 200 community lenders, advocacy groups, and investors are urging Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan not to back down from curbing abusive lending practices when the Fed meets today.

A joint letter, sent Monday, called on the Fed to include financed, up-front credit insurance premiums in the definition of high-cost loans covered by the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act, which requires additional disclosure and reporting on loans with predatory characteristics.

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