8. Private Sector Composition

Investments are categorized as equities, fixed income, money market instruments, alternative investments, and so on. These are the basic categories used for asset allocation. Investing might be done through an investment advisor, in a mutual fund, in an exchange traded fund (ETF), or through some other channel. Whatever the type of investments made or channels used, if those investments aren’t backed by a government or a hard asset, the investments will almost always involve the debt or equity of companies. This chapter is about better understanding companies; where those companies fit in the global economy and the global markets; and if their characteristics are compatible with your investment goals.

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