Direct and Indirect Transfer of Funds

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This question is required us to distinguish between direct and indirect transfer of funds and then discuss why some borrowers might prefer a direct transfer while other might prefer an indirect transfer.

Firstly “the direct transfer of funds is the process of the firm seeking cash sells its securities directly to savers who are willing to purchase them in the hope of earning a reasonable rate of return.” (Petty & Nguyen, 2009) For example, establishing a new business is the process of direct transfer of funds. “The new business may go directly to an investor or the venture capitalists who will buy shares in the firm if they feel that the product or service the new firm hopes to market will be successful. Established business can raise new equity funds by selling their shares on the share market or raise new debt funds by selling their debt securities directly to the public.” (Petty & Nguyen, 2009) Some borrowers prefer a direct transfer because in the direct transfer of funds, investors provide firms with the finance they need in exchange for financial assets issued by the firms. Direct transfer of funds from savers to borrowers occurs when no intermediary is used. Many large organisations will negotiate directly with one another as it is cost effective (no fees being paid to the intermediary).

On the other hand, there are two types of indirect transfer of funds. One type of indirect transfer of funds is usually using banks which perform an important function of collecting the savings of individuals and businesses and providing those funds by way of loans to the individuals and businesses in the economy that need funds.” (Petty & Nguyen, 2009) Compared with direct transfer of funds, there are two types of financial securities created in an indirect transfer of funds: indirect securities (individuals’ own securities) issued by the bank and direct securities (business firm’s securities) issued by the institutions or corporations that the bank ultimately lends...
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