Types of Investments
- An investment giving you partial ownership in a company based on the number of shares you purchase. Stocks tend to fluctuate more in the short term, but may perform well over time. Bonds
- An investment that functions as a loan to a government or institution in return for regular interest payments. Bonds can provide more stability than stocks, even though bonds have historically provided lower returns than stocks. Mutual funds
- A fund allowing you to pool your money with others in a professionally managed portfolio. Mutual funds offer diversification through a mix of investments, such as stocks or bonds.1Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
- A basket of securities traded throughout the day — just like individual stocks — on a national stock exchange. Like mutual funds, you purchase shares of an overall fund rather than individual investments.2Futures and Commodities
- Futures contracts are legal obligations to buy or sell a commodity or security at a date “in the future”. The buyer agrees to purchase the commodity or security at a predetermined future date and price, and the seller agrees to deliver.3Annuities
- A contract between you and an insurance company requiring the insurer to make payments to you, either immediately or in the future. You make contributions to the annuity for a guaranteed income stream.4Brokered certificates of deposit (CDs)
- Brokered CDs are issued by banks, purchased in bulk by securities firms and sold to clients. Investors do not receive physical certificates for their brokered CDs, but instead receive a periodic account statement detailing their CD holdings.5
Brokered CDs’ market value may fluctuate over time.
1Returns and principal value of a Mutual Fund will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. 2Exchange Traded Funds seek investment results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yield of a particular index. There is no assurance that the price and yield performance of the index can be fully matched.3Investments in commodities, futures, and managed futures are speculative, involve substantial risk, and are not suitable for all investors. Investors should be aware that due to leverage, such investments can quickly lead to large losses as well as gains. Additionally, restrictions on redemptions may affect an investor’s ability to withdraw their participation. Further, there may be substantial fees and expenses. Investors should see the disclosure documents for a complete description of investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. 4Variable annuities are long-term investments suitable for retirement funding and are subject to market fluctuations and investment risk. Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Guarantees apply to minimum income from an annuity; they do not guarantee an investment return or the safety of the underlying funds. 5Generally, CDs may not be withdrawn prior to maturity. CDs are FDIC insured up to $250,000 per depositor per insured depository institution for each account ownership category. CDs may be issued by out of state institutions.
- Understand the variety of investments available.
- Talk with your Financial Advisor about investment choices.