Stocks & Bonds
Two of the most common ways to invest your money are through stocks and bonds.
A stock represents a share of ownership in a business. When you hold one or more shares of stock in a company, you actually own a piece of that company. Your percentage of ownership will depend on how many shares you hold in relation to the total number of shares issued by the company.
Bonds, sometimes called debt instruments or fixed-income securities, are essentially loans. Corporations often raise money by issuing bonds in addition to selling stock. Governments often use bonds to pay for their ongoing operations or specific projects, such as highways or new construction.
Click through the different pages within this section to learn more about stocks and bonds--how they work, what you should know, when and how to buy and more.