I have multiple category of clients:

  • Installment payment provider

  • Startup/Project Financier or Investor

  • Money lender

I am looking for an umbrella word suitable to substitute the above in general.

  • Is 'investors' too broad? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 18 '17 at 21:31
  • @EdwinAshworth Can I call a lender as "investor"? – malhobayyeb Jun 18 '17 at 22:02
  • And why not client? – Jim Jun 18 '17 at 22:15
  • It depends on the contract involved. In business, almost certainly – a loan made at an agreed rate of interest, with a certain amount of risk being involved. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 18 '17 at 22:23
  • @Jim I have other clients which are the "beneficiaries". I use beneficiary as the umbrella word for clients who benefit from "Installment payment provider", "Investor" and "Lender". You see, two categories for clients and on each category I have other categories that why I want an umbrella for the mentioned sub-categories. I call them "Providers" but I am looking for a better word than "provider". – malhobayyeb Jun 18 '17 at 22:33

It sounds like these entities are all creditors in your situation, as opposed to the other clients who are debtors.


They are all economic actors The Free Dictionary says an economic actor is:

A person or unit able to use land, labor or capital. An economic actor uses these resources to shape an economy, usually (though not always) for his own benefit. An economic actor may be an individual, a company, a government or even a society as a whole.

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