An investment company is a company whose main business is holding securities of other companies purely for
investmentpurposes. The investment company invests money on behalf of its shareholders who in turn share in the profits and losses.
United Statessecurities law, there are at least three types of investment companies [cite web|url=http://www.sec.gov/answers/mfinvco.htm |title=Investment Companies |publisher=U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) |accessdate=2006-04-11] :
* Open-End Management Investment Companies (
* Closed-End Management Investment Companies (
* UITs (
unit investment trusts)
A fourth and lesser-known type of investment company under the
Investment Company Act of 1940is a Face-Amount Certificate Company.
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