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There are many different types of investments. Some of the most common are bonds, stocks, and mutual funds. Bonds are a type of investment found built on debt - meaning, when you buy a bond, someone needs to pay you a set amount at the bond's "maturity date." For this reason, bonds are considered "fixed income securities" - meaning, you know the nominal amount you will get at the end of an investment. Stocks, also known as equities, are a type of investment that gives you part ownership in the company. Finally, mutual funds are a mix of stocks and bonds that investors pool their money. The returns on the "portfolio" - or the mix of bonds and stocks that the mutual fund owns - are shared by the pool of investors. Learn about these three types of investments, and many more, with a Udemy course today!

Frequently asked questions
An investment is an asset or item acquired to generate future income. Investing money in assets that appreciate over time is a practice that many people use to generate wealth. An item appreciating over time simply means that its value has increased. Investing is oriented toward potential growth, which means there is always some risk involved. There are cases when investments fail to generate revenue or depreciate over time. When an item depreciates, it has lost some value. A good example is investing in a company that eventually goes bankrupt. Risk is the easiest way to differentiate between investing and saving. Saving is the act of accumulating money for future use, whereas investment is the act of leveraging money for a potential future gain, or return on investment.