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As a discipline, the study of financial securities, such as stocks and bonds, from the investor's viewpoint.


The act of placing capital into a project or business with the intent of making a profit on the initial placing of capital. An investment may involve the extension of a loan or line of credit, which entitles one to repayment with interest, or it may involve buying 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, investing requires the existence and protection of individual property rights. Investing wisely requires a combination of astuteness, knowledge of the market, and timing.
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A lot has changed in the accounting profession since the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act).
Grants or cash incentives are available for a variety of new investments and initiatives: expansions and restructurings; new market entry; training and retraining of employees; research and development, and even environmental modifications.
Some fiduciaries are spelled out as trustees in the plan document, but you can have functional fiduciaries, who perform a fiduciary activity, like selecting investments for a 401(k) plan.
This recognition of the linkage and mutual contribution to income and profit of sales and investments will cultivate more expansive business thinking for executives in both the sales and investment operations of the company.
Today international investment is a much greater factor in global economic growth than trade.
An adviser's main selling point is its success in selecting client investments that produce a favorable rate of return, consistent with the client's investment objectives and risk tolerance.
The final rule provides guidance on the GLB Act's requirement that merchant banking investments be held only for a period of time long enough to enable the sale or disposition of each investment on a reasonable basis.
Their fear is that this will lead to an erosion of market share and profitable sales for the company unless it makes similar investments.
The reason: Men are more prone to invest based on tips and many seek short-term profits, whereas women tend to do more research and look for long-term investments, O'Hara says.

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