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20 Investments: IntroductionPrinter friendly version (PDF format)
Most people will find that their investment objectives change throughout their lives. Capital appreciation may be more important for the young investor, but once she enters her golden years, that same investor may place a greater emphasis on gaining income. Whatever your objective, knowing what investment options are out there is key.

Furthermore, as most successful investors will tell you, diversification is king. A diversified portfolio not only reduces unwanted risk, but also contributes to a winning portfolio. And having a well-diversified portfolio doesn't necessarily mean just buying more than one stock; branching out into other areas of investment could be a viable alternative. Read on and learn about 20 investments that Investopedia feels every investor should know.

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Table of Contents
1) 20 Investments: Introduction
2) 20 Investments: American Depository Receipt (ADR)
3) 20 Investments: Annuity
4) 20 Investments: Closed-End Investment Fund
5) 20 Investments: Collectibles
6) 20 Investments: Common Stock
7) 20 Investments: Convertible Security
8) 20 Investments: Corporate Bond
9) 20 Investments: Futures Contract
10) 20 Investments: Life Insurance
11) 20 Investments: The Money Market
12) 20 Investments: Mortgage-Backed Securities
13) 20 Investments: Municipal Bonds
14) 20 Investments: Mutual Funds
15) 20 Investments: Options (Stocks)
16) 20 Investments: Preferred Stock
17) 20 Investments: Real Estate & Property
18) 20 Investments: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
19) 20 Investments: Treasuries
20) 20 Investments: Unit Investment Trusts (UITs)
21) 20 Investments: Zero-Coupon Securities
22) 20 Investments: Conclusion

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