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? Jun 18, 2017 at 21:31
  • @EdwinAshworth Can I call a lender as "investor"? Jun 18, 2017 at 22:02
  • And why not client?
    – Jim
    Jun 18, 2017 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. Jun 18, 2017 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". Jun 18, 2017 at 22:33

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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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