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Is there a difference between getting equity, stock, and shares?
Is there a difference between getting equity, stock, and shares? Is it better to get one over the other?
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"Mutual funds operate by pooling money from a large number of investors. This money is then used to buy stocks, bonds, and other securities. Mutual funds provide instant diversification (and thus lower risk) to investors because they invest in a collection of companies. Mutual fund investors are entitled to a portion of the fund's profits and losses.
Index funds and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are the two types of passive-investing mutual funds. Actively managed mutual funds are also available. These are mutual funds managed by fund managers who select investments and buy/sell securities based on the fund's objectives.
Actively managed mutual funds usually aim to outperform the market, though doing so consistently over time is difficult, whereas passively managed index funds, for example, aim to simply match the market's performance. An S&P 500 mutual fund, for example, would try to replicate the performance of the S&P 500 stock market index by investing in a small portion of each of the 500 companies.
Mutual funds provide investors with a variety of options for trying to grow their money, including stock funds equity funds, bond funds, fixed-income funds and funds that offer both balanced funds. There are even more distinct funds to choose from within these categories. For example, ""sector funds"" allow you to invest in a specific industry, such as clean energy, whereas ""growth funds"" allow you to focus on companies that will increase in value over time.
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