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The Investment Assets Handbook: A definitive practical guide to asset classes by Yoram Lustig

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What is an asset class?

A simple way to define an asset class is to break it into two single words and examine the definition of each. In the Oxford Dictionary, asset is defined as a “useful or valuable thing, person or quality” or “property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments or legacies”. Class is defined as “a set or category of things having some property or attribute in common and differentiated from each other by kind, type or quality”.

As per the dictionary, an asset class is a category of valuable things that share common attributes and can be differentiated from other asset classes. Using more financial language, an asset class is defined as a broad group of securities or ...

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