Stock and Bonds

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The profits that one can make from investments in either Stocks or Bonds, are subject to economic risks and conditions. Stock and Bonds are both coupled with their distinct advantages in addition to specific risks. So, the investors should find out all about Stock and Bonds before investing.

The Stock and Bonds are vehicles of investment that the potential investors can make their investments through. Therefore, the potential investors have to take note of all the details that they can lay their hands upon before finally signing on the dotted line. This is because the money involved in making the investments by either purchasing Stocks or Bonds issued by the issuers, is their very own hard earned money. Therefore, the investors have to make sure that the Stocks and Bonds that they decide upon are the most suitable ones available in the investment markets, according to their economic and preference standards.

The buying of Stocks actually implies buying a small percentage of ownership in a business concern, rather a corporation. Unlike Bonds, the Stocks which are purchased by the investors do not entitle the owner to a complete repayment of the amount invested at the end of the term or completion of maturity. Nor does the Stocks offer periodic payment determuned upon a certain rate of interest, which is better known as Coupon Payment, to the investors unlike the owners of Bonds. In the case of Stock ownership, the investor may be rewarded with only dividend payment at the end of designated periods or capital appreciation. In some cases, the stock holders may also get both dividend payment as well as capital appreciation.

The purchase of Stocks with higher dividends involve greater risks on the part of the investors. The dividends awarded upon the stocks owned by an investor are not calculated upon a fixed rate of interest in contrast to Bonds, for the profits earned by the company are never the same all the time. Similarly owning the Stocks of any corporation also implies that the investor has taken the responsibility of bearing the brunt of the losses suffered by the company that is directly proportional to the value of Stocks possessed by the investor.

Buying Bonds implies that the bond owner has lent a sum of money to either the government or federal agencies or corporations in order to finance their requirements without entitling the Bond holders to even the minimum percentage of ownership in the organization. The Bonds purchased by the lenders do not entitle them to any portion of the profits earned by the business concerns but they are only provided with fixed amounts of monetary awards termed as Coupon Payments. These Coupon Payments are paid periodically by the organizations towards their Bond holders. Owning Bonds also implies that the Bond Owners are to going to be repaid entirely for their loans (the original investment or principal amount) to the organization, at the end of the term for which the Bond was Issued in the investment market.

The organizations which issue Bonds in the investment markets are those which are basically deeply immersed in debts and on the verge of bankruptcy, therefore those who are interested in making higher gains have to take higher risks. Higher risks undertaken by the purchasers of Bonds draws higher Coupon Payments along with the total repayment of the original investment after the maturity of the Bonds. However, the organizations issuing Bonds are not bound to make payments towards Coupon Payment on time or make total reimbursement of the principal.

Before buying Stock and Bonds or any one of them, potential investors have to consider the financial risks involved. Those interested may contact the professionals who are working in these investment fields, such as Stock Market and Bond Market brokers and agents.

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