Investing Basics FAQs

For those that are new to investing, our FAQs provide a useful guide to help get you started.

Investment Categories

Stocks and Trading

Stocks are a type of security that signifies ownership in a corporation in either domestic or international markets.

Funds and ETFs

This is a wide range of offerings that include closed-end funds (CEFs), bonds, commodity mutual funds, corporate bond funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), money markets, and mutual funds.


A bond is essentially a loan an investor makes to the bonds' issuer. The investor generally receives regular interest payments on the loan until the bond matures and the issuer repays you the principal.

Life Insurance

A life insurance policy provides a lump sum payment to beneficiaries when the insured has passed.


Annuities are a way to offer tax-deferred savings1 for retirement, asset protection,2 or income generation.


Most of the money you receive is considered income and subject to tax. There are various strategies to help manage and reduce taxes.

Learn the basics with these 5 questions

Not sure where to start? Here are some of the most common questions new investors ask

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