A few European pension funds have changed their investment policies.
Amazon.com had to write down its investment in the daily deal company by $169 million in the most recent quarter.
That resulted in an investment bubble in new distilleries that mirrored the real estate bubble.
1590s, "act of putting on vestments" (a sense now found in investiture); later "act of being invested with an office, right, endowment, etc." (1640s); and "surrounding and besieging of a military target" (1811); see invest + -ment. Commercial sense is from 1610s, originally of the finances of the East India Company; general use is from 1740 in the sense of "conversion of money to property in hopes of profit," and by 1837 in the sense "amount of money so invested; property viewed as a vehicle for profit." For evolution of commercial senses, see invest.
The purchase of property with the expectation that its value will increase over time.