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Risk vs reward
Different kinds of investments mean putting your money at different levels of risk. Greater risk equals potentially greater reward. Here’s a simplified way of looking at risk versus reward:
Mutual funds are typically made up of a mix of investment types. Here’s an overview:
Capital preservation – low risk, lower return funds that aim to protect the money you have with guaranteed income.
Bonds – funds that invest in the debt of a company or other entity, like the government. They are a lower-risk investment designed to pay periodic dividends that are typically higher than other options like CDs or money market accounts.
Large cap stocks – shares of a company with a market value of more than $5 billion. Well-known companies with growth potential. But lower risk than mid and small cap stocks.
Mid cap stocks – shares of a company with a market value between $1 billion and $5 billion. Familiar companies with growth potential. But higher risk than large cap stocks.
Small cap stocks – shares of a company with a market value under $1 billion. Lesser-known companies with the potential for large growth and large risk.
International investments – shares of companies in other countries. They typically come with the potential for high reward and high risk.
Investing involves risk. You could lose money. And there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be achieved.
Asset allocation, rebalancing and diversification do not assure a profit or protect against loss in a down market.