What Is A Security?

Patrick Curtis

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Patrick Curtis WSO Editorial Board

Expertise: Investment Banking | Private Equity

A security is a financial instrument representing ownership, the right to ownership or debt owed. Some examples of a security are:

  • Stock
  • Bond
  • Derivative
  • Swap

It can be traded and valued due to what it represents. Essentially any financial asset is a security.

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Patrick Curtis

Patrick Curtis is a member of WSO Editorial Board which helps ensure the accuracy of content across top articles on Wall Street Oasis. He has experience in investment banking at Rothschild and private equity at Tailwind Capital along with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is also the founder and current CEO of Wall Street Oasis. This content was originally created by member WallStreetOasis.com and has evolved with the help of our mentors.