An individual who typically has a long-term investment horizon and can select instruments that offer higher returns (and associated higher risk) over time. An investor is generally more comfortable with short-term market fluctuations, with the expectation that a long-term horizon historically tends to absorb these fluctuations and provide higher returns.
An organization, corporation, individual or other entity that acquires an ownership position in a project, thus assuming risk of loss in exchange for anticipated returns.
An individual who takes an ownership position in a company, thus assuming risk of loss in exchange for anticipated returns. Leverage: Measures the firm's use of borrowed funds versus those funds provided by the shareholders or owners (equity).