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Debentures

A type of debt security where the issuer's obligation to repay investors is secured by the issuer's assets. The value of a debenture depends on the value of the issuer's assets.

Debt Securities

Investments where you lend money to someone (e.g. a bank or other financial institution) and are paid interest on your money.

Diversifying

Putting your money into different types of investments to try to reduce your risk. If one type of investment fails or doesn't do as well as you expect, not all your invested money may be lost or affected.

Dividend

A payment per share that a company makes to shareholders from its profits. (E.g. if a company pays 5c per share as a dividend and you hold 1000 shares, you will be paid $50.)