First of all, I know I've been asking quite a lot of question lately And I really appreciate how people have been taking the time to answer, especially JR Ewing and Crimson. Having said that, if you think you should answer this question with "Dude, just go do some Googling...", please do. It's all good. Anyway, my question is: Could you list the major types of financial instruments one can invest in? No definitions needed. Just a list. Thanks in advance for taking the time.