Stocks / Equity Investments include stocks and stock mutual funds.
These investments are considered the riskiest of the three major asset classes, but they also offer the greatest potential for high returns.
Which investments are the safest and which are the riskiest?
CDs and Other Safe Havens
The safest investments are savings accounts and certificates of deposit (CD), which are protected by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) provisions. These investments are the safest asset class available. Cash, U.S. Savings Bonds, and U.S. Treasury bills are almost equivalent.
What is the riskiest type of bond?
Corporate bonds: Bonds issued by for-profit companies are riskier than government bonds but tend to compensate for that added risk by paying higher rates of interest. In recent history, corporate bonds in the aggregate have tended to pay about a percentage point higher than Treasuries of similar maturity.
What is the most aggressive investment?
Bonds are one step closer to risk: While they perform better than stocks during bear markets, they have much lower returns during boom years (think 5-6% for long-term government bonds). Finally, stocks are the most aggressive investment.