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See Investor AB for the Swedish investment company.
Financial market participants
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An investor is any party that makes an investment.

The term has taken on a specific meaning in finance to describe the particular types of people and companies that regularly purchase equity or debt securities for financial gain in exchange for funding an expanding company. Less frequently, the term is applied to parties who purchase real estate, currency, commodity derivatives, personal property, or other assets.

The term implies that a party purchases and holds assets in hopes of achieving capital gain or cash flow, not as a profession or for short-term income


Types of investors

Here is an overlapping, non-exclusive list of investor types

Also, investors might be classified according to their styles. In this respect, an important distinctive investor psychology trait is risk attitude.

Investor protection

The term “investor protection” defines the entity of efforts and activities to observe, safeguard and enforce the rights and claims of a person in his role as an investor. This includes advise and legal action. The assumption of a need of protection is based on the experience that financial investors are usually structurally inferior to providers of financial services and products due to lack of professional knowledge, information and/or experience.

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See also investor



Investor m. (genitive Investors, plural Investoren)

  1. investor


  • Anleger, Kapitalanleger


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