Investors

InvestorsThis definition makes no distinction between those in the primary and secondary markets. That is, someone who provides a business with capital and someone who buys a stock are both investors. An investor who owns a stock is a shareholder.

The assumption of risk in anticipation of gain but recognizing a higher than average possibility of loss. The term “speculation” implies that a business or investment risk can be analyzed and measured, and its distinction from the term “investment” is one of degree of risk. It differs from gambling, which is based on random outcomes.

Investors can include stock traders but with this distinguishing characteristic: investorsare owners of a company which entails responsibilities

Retailinvestor

  • Individuals gambling in games of chance.
  • Individual investors (including trusts on behalf of individuals, and umbrella companies formed by two or more to pool investment funds)
  • Collectors of art, antiques, and other things of value
  • Angel investors (individuals and groups)
  • Sweat equityinvestor

Institutionalinvestor

  • Venture capital and private equity funds, which serve as investment collectives on behalf of individuals, companies, pension plans, insurance reserves, or other funds.
  • Businesses that make investments, either directly or via a captive fund
  • Investment trusts, including real estate investment trusts
  • Mutual funds, hedge funds, and other funds, ownership of which may or may not be publicly traded (these funds typically pool money raised from their owner-subscribers to invest in securities)
  • Sovereign wealth funds

Investors might also be classified according to their styles. In this respect, an important distinctiveinvestor psychology trait is risk attitude.

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