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investments The term investment company has two distinct meanings.  The first applies to various types of investment funds and trusts, while the second refers to Small Business Investment Companies, or SBICs.

Investment companies, in the form of mutual funds, closed-end funds, and unit investment trusts, are popular investment vehicles that offer a variety of features and benefits.  Mutual funds, also known as open-end investment companies, can be structured as stock funds, bond funds, or money market funds.  Most mutual funds offer new shares to the public on a continuous basis; they are required to redeem outstanding shares at any time upon request, at a price based on the current value of the fund's net assets.  Closed-end funds are investment companies that issue a fixed number of shares.  These shares are traded on a stock exchange.  Unit investment trusts are investment companies that buy and hold a portfolio of stocks, bonds, or other securities.  Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are special purpose investment companies that own, finance, and/or operate, income-producing real estate.

Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) are financial institutions that make equity capital and long-term credit available to small, independent businesses.  Since the SBIC program was created in 1958, this public/private partnership has provided financing solutions to more than 100,000 small businesses in the USA.  SBICs are private sector firms licensed by the United States Small Business Administration.  They typically work with small companies whose financing requirements range between $250,000 and $5 million.  SBICs may qualify for government-backed long-term loans in return for pledging to finance only small businesses.

Investment Companies and Organizations

These government and private organization websites feature helpful resources for small business and mutual fund investors.
  • Investment Company Institute
    National association of the U.S. investment company industry.  Founded in 1940, its membership includes mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, and unit investment trust sponsors.
    www.ICI.org
  • Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) Program
    Overview of SBICs, public-private partnerships that contribute to an environment where America's entrepreneurs can flourish.
    www.SBA.gov
  • SBIA
    The Small Business Investor Alliance is an organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors.  Its members provide venture capital to small and medium size businesses in the USA.
    www.SBIA.org
  • NAREIT
    The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts is the representative voice for U.S. REITs and other publicly traded real estate companies.
    www.REIT.com

Investment Advice

Both new and seasoned investors can benefit from the information offered by these popular investment companies and resources.  Here you will find a broad range of investing advice, news, and research.

  • Fidelity Investments
    Financial planning, trading, and investment products and services for the individual investor.
    www.Fidelity.com
  • Edgar Online
    This business information source specializes in the extraction, packaging and distribution of public company information contained in SEC filings.
    www.Edgar-Online.com
  • Investor Place
    Stock investment advice from independent investment advisors.
    www.InvestorPlace.com
  • Forbes Magazine
    This business magazine features financial and investment news and reports.
    www.Forbes.com
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This source of business and financial news offers both print and online editions.
    www.WSJ.com
  • Kiplinger.com
    Trusted financial advice and business forecasts for more than 75 years.
    www.Kiplinger.com
  • Thomson Reuters Financial
    Financial research and information services from Thomson Reuters.
    www.ThomsonReuters.com/financial/
  • Bonds Online
    Online services and information source for fixed income investments.
    www.BondsOnline.com
  • Economist Intelligence Unit
    Features global business news and information resources.
    www.EIU.com
  • Dun & Bradstreet
    Offers business analysis tools and company credit information.
    www.DNB.com
  • Hoover's Online
    Comprehensive company, industry, and market intelligence.  A D&B service.
    www.Hoovers.com

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