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This post has two purposes

#1 Topbut anything beyond the last thread - which I tried to ignore, but TMF software keeps telling me there are new posts to read

#2 To seriously ask what is an investment -

It is something you put money into? Like mutual fund or rose bush

Is it anything that increases in value?

Is it anything purchased with the expectation of increased value?
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I'd go with your last definition, more or less.
Also include possibility of it throwing off earnings in a dividend stream.


http://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/investment.asp
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Is it anything purchased with the expectation of increased value?


I too would go for door number 3. Stocks and bonds, though considered an investment by just about any definition, are not guaranteed to increase in value, so definition 2 doesn't work, and simply spending money does not make an investment.

Google search brings up this: the action or process of investing money for profit or material result.

https://www.google.com/search?q=definition+of+investment&...

IP
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I also like your third choice, but, I have a bit of a problem with your choice of the word "purchased". I don't see someone "purchasing" a bank savings account.
I (or someone) would like to help with your #1, but, I'm not sure of the problem or question. "Topbut anything beyond the last thread" ???

Bob
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