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When it comes to investing their money, many people are content to take a random approach. They may have received a hot tip for a particular investment and decided to plow a large amount of money into it with no regard to the overall balance of their portfolios. However, research has shown that it is through the careful selection of the various asset classes, rather than the individual investments themselves, that people prosper financially.
In finance, an asset class is a group of financial instruments which have similar financial characteristics and behave similarly in the marketplace. We can often break these instruments into those having to do with real assets and those having to do with financial assets. Often, assets within the same asset class are subject to the same laws and regulations; however, this is not always true. For instance, futures on an asset are often considered part of the same asset class as the underlying instrument but are subject to different regulations than the underlying instrument. Many investment funds are composed of the two main asset classes which are securities : equities stocks and fixed-income bonds.
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Major Classes of Financial Assets or Securities. ❑ Debt. - Money Market Instruments: very short-term debt securities that usually are highly marketable. - Bonds.
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Asset classes are defined as groups of investments which have similar characteristics and behave in a similar way. Asset classes are the raw ingredients for an investment portfolio. How you decide to blend together these different types of investments will determine the expected return, the risk and the liquidity profile of your holdings. If done skillfully, complementary asset classes can actually reduce the total risk of your portfolio. This is the holy grail of portfolio management. In this overview of asset classes, I will introduce each key asset class and explain both its key characteristics, and explain why an investor might choose to invest in them. This article is not financial advice, please consider finding an independent financial adviser if you seek professional guidance.
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The equivalent taxable yield is: 6. The coupon rate on a tax- exempt bond is 5. Both bonds sell at par.
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