Types of Investments

The following are a few basic types of investments with easy to understand explanations. If you are looking for investments for beginners, this is a great place to start. Learning about investing basics as a whole is an important first step towards earning a lot of money with securities.


Stocks are equity investments. By purchasing stock in a corporation, you become part owner in the company, called a stockholder. You have the right to vote in the company because you are a stockholder. You can earn money two ways with stocks. Capital gains are earned when the value of the stock increases. If you buy stock A at $10 and then sell Stock A at $13, you make $3.

Many corporations also pay dividends to their stockholders. This is often done on a quarterly basis. For example, Company B might pay $.25 per share you own per quarter. If you own 100 shares, you will be paid $25 every 3 months for a total of $100 a year. Corporations are not required to pay dividends. Usually, stronger and more established companies pay dividends consistently and new companies wait for growth. Read the full story