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Asset Class
June 07 , 2012

Any set of traded goods that has common acceptance as a store of value is an asset class. The store of value part is important – you may not want to have sugar as an asset class, since it could get eaten up by ants or spoilt in water! So the necessary feature of an asset class is that it must be durable, and must not be consumed itself. Rather, it is used to buy products that can be consumed.

Stocks, real estate, bonds, cash and gold are the common asset classes that come to mind. However, the world has got far more exotic now – pieces of art and even rare wines are peddled as asset classes these days! Note however, that two common products – insurance and mutual funds – are NOT asset classes. They are only vehicles to invest in one of the above asset classes.

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