AskDefine | Define investor

Dictionary Definition

investor n : someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns

User Contributed Dictionary

see Investor




  1. A person who invests money in order to make a profit.


person who invests money in order to make a profit









Extensive Definition

See Investor AB for the Swedish investment company.
An investor is any party that makes an investment.
The term has taken on a specific meaning in finance to describe the particular types of people and companies that regularly purchase equity or debt securities for financial gain in exchange for funding an expanding company. Less frequently, the term is applied to parties who purchase real estate, currency, commodity derivatives, personal property, or other assets.
The term implies that a party purchases and holds assets in hopes of achieving capital gain, not as a profession or for short-term income.

Types of investors

Here is an overlapping, non-exclusive list of investor types
Also, investors might be classified according to their styles. In this respect, an important distinctive investor psychology trait is risk attitude.

See also

investor in German: Anleger
investor in Lithuanian: Investuotojas
investor in Japanese: 投資家
investor in Vietnamese: Nhà đầu tư
investor in Chinese: 投資者
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