Direct finance (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

Direct finance is a method of financing where borrowers borrow funds directly from the financial market without using a third party service, such as a financial intermediary. This is different from indirect financing where a financial intermediary takes the money from the lender with an interest rate and lends it to a borrower with a higher interest rate.

Direct financing is usually done by borrowers that sell securities and/or shares to raise money and circumvent the high interest rate of financial intermediary(banks).[1] We may regard transactions as direct finance, even when a financial intermediary is included, in case no asset transformation has taken place. An example is a household which buys a newly issued government bond through the services of a broker, when the bond is sold by the broker in its original state. [2] Another good example for direct finance is a business which directly buys newly issued commercial papers from another business entity[3]


  1. ^Mishkin, Frederic. The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets(Global, Tenth Edition). Pearson Education Limited. p. 68. ISBN 978-0273765738.
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