Are you looking for ways to invest your hard-earned money with the potential to earn higher returns?
If you are, an investment in stock or bonds may be an option. Please keep in mind as with all investments, the greater potential for return, the higher the risk you assume. An investment in common stock usually entitles the owner the right to vote at shareholder meetings and to receive any dividends that are declared by the company. Conversely, a purchase of bonds issued by a corporation, government, or municipality provides the investor a certificate or bond that states a specific interest rate will be paid and when the loaned funds will be returned to the investor.
Brokerage accounts allow various investment vehicles to be housed in one account. In addition to mutual funds, brokerage accounts can hold stock, which entitle the shareholder ownership of a corporation represented by the number of shares that are a claim on the corporation's earnings and assets. This ownership gives the shareholder certain rights, including voting on important matters before the company and participating in the profits if the company distributes dividends. When you own stock, you participate in the growth of the company. As the value of the company increases, so does your investment. If profits increase, you may receive bigger dividend checks. A possible risk for stockholders is that although there is the potential for gain, there is also equal potential for loss.
Another vehicle which can be purchased and held in a brokerage accounts are bonds. Bonds are interest-bearing debt securities which obligate the issuer to pay the bondholder a specified sum of money, usually at specific intervals, and to repay the principal amount of the loan at maturity. Bondholders have an IOU from the issuer, but no corporate ownership privileges, as stockholders do. The primary advantage as a creditor is a higher claim on assets than that of stockholders. A disadvantage is that bondholders do not share in the profits if a company should do well. They are only entitled to the original principal plus interest. Generally, there is less risk in owning bonds compared to owning stocks, but this comes at the cost of a lower return. Selling bonds prior to maturity may make the actual yield differ from their advertised yield and may involve a loss or gain. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and are subject to availability and change in price.
The Financial Consultants with Investment Center at Citizens Bank can help you learn more about the factors below that play a role in determining the value of stocks or bonds and the extent to which it fits into your investment portfolio.
- Amount invested
- Length of time invested
- Rate of return or growth
- Less fees, taxes, inflation, etc
To learn more about stocks and bonds, visit any Citizens Bank branch to speak with a Financial Consultant with Investment Center at Citizens Bank.
You should carefully consider your investment objectives and your risk tolerance before investing. The performance of these investments will, in fact, fluctuate with market conditions.
The above information is provided to you for informational purposes only. This does not constitute a recommendation and should not be construed as investment advice for which you should speak with a qualified financial consultant.