Investment refers to the distribution of money in the expectation of some benefit in the future – for example, investment in durable goods, in real estate by the service industry, in factories for manufacturing, in product development, and in research and development. The benefit from investment is called a return. The return may consist of a profit from the sale of property or an investment, or investment income including dividends, interests, rental income etc., or a combination of the two. Investment provides great many benefits and ensures that your money does not sit idle in your bank account and is in turn making even more money in the form of interest or the assets you invested into are seeing an increase in valuation. Investment is important as it ensures that your current income gets tax exemption and gives you future protection in the form of financial stability. It provides you with backups that will help you financially in your time of need.