What is an asset?

An asset is any item, either physical (tangible) or non-physical (intangible) that holds value and can be of benefit to the owner in the future. A house, a vehicle, gold, money and art are all examples of tangible assets, while trademarks, copyrights and computer software are intangible.

In financial investing, assets are categorised into three main asset classes according to the characteristics of each: equities (stocks and shares), fixed income (bonds) and cash equivalents, which are short-term investments that can be quickly converted into cash. 

Cryptocurrency is considered a new asset class unto itself, and most governments around the world are still in the process of building a regulatory framework for it.

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