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In the context of investing, an equity is a stock or any other security representing an ownership interest.[1]


Canadian investors generally classify equities by type and/or geographically, depending on the context of their use, typically for asset allocation reasons. The following classifications are not mutually exclusive.

How to invest

There are a number of ways to invest in equities. Products such as exchange-traded funds and mutual funds can be used to invest in broad based coverage of these classifications. Another way to invest is to build a portfolio holding individual stocks purchased on a stock exchange, such as the Toronto Stock Exchange for Canadian equities.

Security regulators

Security regulation in Canada is under provincial and territorial jurisdiction.

See also


  1. Investopedia, Equity definition, viewed June 18, 2012

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