Equity Fund

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Equity Fund'

A mutual fund that invests principally in stocks. It can be actively or passively (index fund) managed.

Also known as a "stock fund".

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Equity Fund'

Stock mutual funds are principally categorized according to company size, the investment style of the holdings in the portfolio and geography:

Size is determined by a company's market capitalization, while the investment style, reflected in the fund's stock holdings, is also used to categorize equity mutual funds.

Stock funds are also categorized by whether they are domestic (U.S.) or international. These can be broad market, regional or single-country funds.

There are so-called "specialty" stock funds that target business sectors such as healthcare, commodities and real estate.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Equity Style Box

    A visual representation of the principle investment characteristics ...
  2. Side Pocket

    A type of account used in hedge funds to separate illiquid assets ...
  3. Market Capitalization

    The total dollar market value of all of a company's outstanding ...
  4. Fund Category

    A way of differentiating mutual funds according to their investment ...
  5. Mutual Fund

    An investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected ...
  6. Equity

    1. A stock or any other security representing an ownership interest. ...
Related Articles
  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Stop Paying High Mutual Fund Fees

    Discover how investment strategies and expense ratios impact your mutual fund's returns.
  2. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Mutual Fund Basics Tutorial

    Learn about the basics - and the pitfalls - of investing in mutual funds.
  3. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    What are the risks involved in keeping my money in a money market account?

    Setting aside funds in a money market account can be a safe investment strategy, but investors should be aware of the risks inherent to money market options.
  4. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How much of my total assets should I be keeping in my money market account?

    Investing a portion of total assets in a cash position such as a money market account provides investors access to funds in the case of an emergency.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Does it make sense for me to have a money market account if I don't want to buy any securities?

    Saving funds within a money market account or mutual fund does not have to be limited to those wanting to buy or sell securities in the near future.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Why would you keep funds in a money market account and not a savings account?

    Read about the differences between money market accounts and savings accounts, and see why a depositor would elect a money market over a savings account.
  7. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    What determines the interest rate in my money market account?

    Placing funds in a money market account may provide a higher interest rate than a savings account due to the underlying securities of the money market fund.
  8. Investing Basics

    What is the difference between a REIT and a real estate fund?

    A real estate fund invests in securities offered by public real estate properties directly or indirectly through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
  9. Investing Basics

    What is the difference between an IPO and a seasoned issue?

    Learn how companies issue IPO securities when they first go public and seasoned issue shares if they sell more shares in the secondary market.
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Can you invest in hedge funds?

    Read about what it takes to invest in a hedge fund, and learn how some investors find ways to indirectly capture a hedge fund's returns.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Prospectus

    A formal legal document, which is required by and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that provides details ...
  2. Treasury Bond - T-Bond

    A marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security with a maturity of more than 10 years. Treasury bonds make interest ...
  3. Weight Of Ice, Snow Or Sleet Insurance

    Financial protection against damage caused to property by winter weather specifically, damage caused if a roof caves in because ...
  4. Weather Insurance

    A type of protection against a financial loss that may be incurred because of rain, snow, storms, wind, fog, undesirable ...
  5. Portfolio Turnover

    A measure of how frequently assets within a fund are bought and sold by the managers. Portfolio turnover is calculated by ...
  6. Commercial Paper

    An unsecured, short-term debt instrument issued by a corporation, typically for the financing of accounts receivable, inventories ...
Trading Center