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asset class

An asset class is any type of financial transaction that can be converted into a standardized, quantifiable, negotiable asset.

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The use of derivatives has given rise to the creation of several significant asset classes, such as mortgage-backed securities. Insurance-linked securities (ILS) also represent a new asset class. Stocks and bonds are the best-known asset classes.

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