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What are shares?
Shares are units of ownership in the company tracked individually or collectively and are usually of equal value. Shares are used for trading either directly or through the financial markets. Each share guarantees its holder to get a specific share from the company’s capital and entitles him to an equal claim on the company’s profits.
Shares are divided into two main types:
Ordinary shares which are the most traded in the financial markets since they represent equity ownership in a company. These shares allow the investor to vote and elect the board of directors and each investor is entitled to one vote per share. Ordinary shares have no specific dividend rate. Preferred shares which represent a percentage of the company’s ownership and do not carry voting rights as the ordinary shares. In terms of dividend distribution, the holders are entitled to a guaranteed cash disbursement and have the priority to receive dividends before the common shareholders in case of bankruptcy. Here are some types of the preferred shares:
Issuance of shares: The company can issue new shares to its individual and institutional holders when it’s first established. This act is considered to be a mean of raising the startup capital which help the company to finance their business operations and expansion, to confront financial crises or losses, and to participate in the capital of the competing companies.
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