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Is It Smarter to Borrow Money From Friends or Family?

I'm already hooked on HBO's new series How to Make It in America, which chronicles Ben, a young designer, trying to make it big with the help of his best bud and sidekick Cam. The boys are strapped for startup cash but full of ideas and happy to hit up whoever will listen — from friends and family to acquaintances — for loans and leads. Borrowing money for a business venture or a down payment is a touchy subject for most of us, but often necessary. When faced with no other option, would you rather take money from a friend or your family?

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