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An investor is someone who allocates capital with the expectation of a financial return. The types of investments include, — equity, debt securities, real estate, currency, commodity, derivatives such as put and call options, etc.

investor n : someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns

Investor \In*vest"or\, n. One who invests. [1913 Webster]


Speculation is the practice of engaging in risky financial transactions in an attempt to profit from short or medium term fluctuations in the market value of a tradable good such as a financial instrument, rather than attempting to profit from the underlying financial attributes embodied in the instrument such as capital gains, interest, or dividends.

speculator n 1: someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts 2: someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains [syn: {plunger}]

54 Moby Thesaurus words for "speculator": adventurer, armchair authority, betting ring, bettor, big operator, boneshaker, cardshark, cardsharp, cardsharper, casuist, compulsive gambler, cosmologist, crap shooter, doctrinaire, doctrinarian, gambler, gamester, gunslinger, hazarder, hypothesist, hypothesizer, lame duck, margin purchaser, metaphysician, operator, petty gambler, philosophaster, philosophe, philosopher, philosophizer, piker, player, plunger, punter, scalper, sharp, sharper, sharpie, smart operator, sophist, sport, sporting man, sportsman, stag, theoretic, theoretician, theorist, theorizer, thinker, tinhorn, tipster, tout, venturer, wagerer

Speculator \Spec"u*la`tor\ (sp[e^]k"[-u]*l[=a]`t[~e]r), n. [L., a spy, explorer, investigator: cf. F. sp['e]culateur.] One who speculates. Specifically: (a) An observer; a contemplator; hence, a spy; a watcher. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] (b) One who forms theories; a theorist. [1913 Webster] A speculator who had dared to affirm that the human soul is by nature mortal. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] (c) (Com.) One who engages in speculation; one who buys and sells goods, land, etc., with the expectation of deriving profit from fluctuations in price. [1913 Webster]

Speculator, NY (village, FIPS 70123) Location: 43.58059 N, 74.38058 W Population (1990): 400 (474 housing units) Area: 115.6 sq km (land), 6.7 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 12164

Data Sources:

  • investor: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • investor: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • speculator: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • speculator: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • speculator: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • speculator: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)

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