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Investment Risk and Return Characteristics

The chart below provides some examples of common types of investments classified according to their potential return and investment risk. In no way does it purport to render specific investment advice. Consultation with an investment or financial planning professional can provide personalized suggestions for individual situations. Another source of basic investment information is the Cooperative Extension System Investing for Your Future home study course available online at

Potential Return Investment Risk (Volatility) Examples of Common Investments
High High
Moderate Moderate
Low Low
Very Low Very Low