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A mutual fund that invests in very-short-term securities. Because they tend to have stable share prices and a relatively low rate of return, money market funds are often used for the cash portion of a portfolio or for holding money you'll need soon.
An asset—like a mutual fund, ETF (exchange-traded fund), stock, bond, or CD (certificate of deposit)—purchased in the hope that it will increase in price or pay income.
Usually refers to investment risk, which is a measure of how likely it is that you could lose money in an investment. However, there are other types of risk when it comes to investing.
The way your account is divided among different asset classes, including stock, bond, and short-term or "cash" investments.
A type of investment that pools shareholder money and invests it in a variety of securities. Each investor owns shares of the fund and can buy or sell these shares at any time. Mutual funds are typically more diversified, low-cost, and convenient than investing in individual securities, and they're professionally managed.
A type of investment with characteristics of both mutual funds and individual stocks. ETFs are professionally managed and typically diversified, like mutual funds, but they can be bought and sold at any point during the trading day using straightforward or sophisticated strategies.
An ETF combines the diversification and professional management of a mutual fund with the trading flexibility and intraday pricing of an individual stock.
The way an investment portfolio is divided among various asset classes, such as cash investments, bonds, and stocks. Also known as "investment mix."