Asset management is the practice of increasing total wealth over time by acquiring, maintaining, and trading investments that have the potential to grow in value.
Asset management professionals perform this service for others. They may also be called portfolio managers or financial advisors.
An asset management company (AMC) is a firm that invests pooled funds from clients, putting the capital to work through different investments including stocks, bonds, real estate, master limited partnerships, and more.
Historically, the three main asset classes have been equities (stocks), fixed income (bonds), and cash equivalent or money market instruments. The four main types of assets are: short-term assets, financial investments, fixed assets, and intangible assets.