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When you buy a stock, you're buying a small piece – or a share – of a company. Stocks are sometimes called "equities" because shareholders have equity (meaning ownership) in the company. We believe stocks, and the mutual funds that own them, are an important part of almost any investment strategy. As a stock investor, there are two basic ways you can make money:
Stocks can play an important role in your portfolio for a variety of reasons, including:
With more than 65,000 stocks available around the world, it can be difficult to choose what's right for you. Your financial advisor can help you decide.
Investing in equities involves risks. The value of your shares will fluctuate and you may lose principal.
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