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The owner of an asset.
One who places capital into a project or business with the intent of making a profit from the initial placing of capital. An investor may be one who extends a loan or line of credit, which entitles one to repayment with interest, or he may buy an ownership stake in a business with the hope that the business will become profitable. Investing may also involve buying a particular asset with the intent to resell it later for a higher price. Many types of investing exist and each is subject to greater or lesser regulation in the jurisdiction in which it takes place. Legally, investors can only exist in places where individual property rights exist and are protected. Good investors require a combination of astuteness, knowledge of the market, and timing.
A person who purchases income-producing assets. An investor—as opposed to a speculator—usually considers safety of principal to be of primary importance. In addition, investors frequently purchase assets with the expectation of holding them for a longer period of time than speculators.
investora person, company or institution which uses either its own SAVINGS or LOAN finance to acquire financial and physical assets such as SHARES and BONDS, factories and offices, etc. See INVESTMENT, FINANCIAL SYSTEM.
One who uses his or her money to purchase property in the expectation of earning periodic cash flows from the property,making a profit on the eventual resale of the property,or both.