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{{Q|'''Alternative Finance''' refers to financial channels and instruments that have emerged outside of the traditional finance system such as regulated banks and capital markets. Examples of alternative financing activities through 'online marketplaces' are reward-based [[w:crowdfunding|crowdfunding]], [[w:equity crowdfunding|equity crowdfunding]], [[w:peer-to-peer lending|peer-to-peer consumer and business lending]], invoice trading third party payment platforms.|Wikipedia|[[w:alternate finance|alternate finance]]}}
 
{{Q|'''Alternative Finance''' refers to financial channels and instruments that have emerged outside of the traditional finance system such as regulated banks and capital markets. Examples of alternative financing activities through 'online marketplaces' are reward-based [[w:crowdfunding|crowdfunding]], [[w:equity crowdfunding|equity crowdfunding]], [[w:peer-to-peer lending|peer-to-peer consumer and business lending]], invoice trading third party payment platforms.|Wikipedia|[[w:alternate finance|alternate finance]]}}
  
{{Q|'''[[w:Alternative financial services|Alternative financial services]]''' (AFS) are [[w:financial services|financial services]] provided outside traditional [[w:banking|banking]] institutions, on which many [[w:poverty|low-income individuals]] depend. In developing countries, these services often take the form of [[w:microfinance|microfinance]]. In developed countries, the services may be similar to those provided by banks and include [[w:payday loan|payday loan]]s, [[w:rent-to-own|rent-to-own agreements]], [[w:pawnbroker|pawnshops]], [[w:refund anticipation loan|refund anticipation loan]]s, some [[w:subprime lending#Subprime_mortgages|subprime mortgage loans]] and [[w:title loan|car title loans]], and non-bank check cashing, [[w:money order|money order]]s, and money transfers. It also includes traditional [[w:moneylending|moneylending]] by door-to-door collection.|Wikipedia|[[w:alternative financial services|alternative financial services]]}}
 
 
Often the spectrum ranges from brute loan sharking in operations known as [[w:payday loan]]s all the way to almost respectable interest taking of non-collateralized loans.
 
Often the spectrum ranges from brute loan sharking in operations known as [[w:payday loan]]s all the way to almost respectable interest taking of non-collateralized loans.
  

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