Analysis: Numbers

The New York Times' story of banks lending money to assist in lawsuits with hopes of potential earnings uses numbers in a clear, easy way.

First, the story is not about the numbers, rather, it uses the numbers to assist the point that's being made. The story also clarifies the numbers it uses (for example, an interest rate is explained by given the amount of money per month that it garners).

The story does not follow the rule of limiting naming number amounts to two per paragraph, yet the numbers don't bog down the story. The money amounts are always put in a context, i.e. what the bank loaned and what their profit was.

The numbers also serve to tell a larger point about the story, which is that this new trend in lending has led to abuses. The story tells the reader, with numbers, what the importance of the situation is.

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