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Corporate America looks to you for a loan

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Many of the world’s largest companies are based in America, yet they have operations that span the globe and collectively earn enormous amounts of money from a wide range of commercial activities. Interestingly though, despite their own profit-making ventures, large corporations still seek out investors to help finance some of their activities. Two ways in which they do this are by issuing stock, which represents ownership in the company, or by selling bonds, which puts you — the individual investor — in the position of making a loan to a big company.

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