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There are a number of ways to save money. Putting a regular amount in a _______ can earn interest for the depositor.

savings account

Banks generally require a small minimum balance on this type of account

savings account

When people put a specific amount of money in a financial institution for a certain time period, they are investing in _____.

certificates of deposit (CDs)

_______ are certificates of deposit issued by the government.

bonds

The people employed by brokerage houses where stocks are bought and sold are known as ____.

brokers

Brokerage houses are members of a _______.

stock exchange

Many people buy _____ because they are less risky than regular stock purchases.

mutual funds

__________ are mutual funds that buy short-term bonds.

money market funds

________ funds are not insured by the government.

money market

Saving money is not the same as investing money. Investing money involves earning __________.

interest

When you invest your money it is used for expansion in the _________.

U.S. economy

People want to feel that their money is safe in financial institutions, which is one reason why all banks must receive a ___________ from the state or federal government to operate.

charter

The ____ is the agency that the federal government established during the 1930's to regulate the stock exchange.

securities and exchange commission (SEC)

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