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.