An investor is a person who invests money in the anticipation of a future financial return (profit) or in the hope of gaining an advantage over the long term (interest). The majority of the time, the investor will use this allotted money to buy some kind of real estate property. Equity, debt, securities, real estate, infrastructure, currency, commodity, token, and derivatives such as put and call options, futures, and forwards, among other things, are examples of investment types. Neither the main nor secondary markets are distinguished in this concept, nor are the investors in either market. In other words, someone who contributes money to a company and someone who purchases shares are both considered investors. A shareholder is defined as an investor who holds shares in a company.
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