Shares

Owning part of a company - read our cartoon to find out more...

Definition:

A share is one unit of ownership in a company or corporation. Each share entitles the holder to an equal portion of any profits declared in the form of dividends. Owning shares in a business does not mean that the shareholder has direct control over the day-to-day operation of the business.  Shareholders, however, must be informed about any radical changes in the direction of the business.

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Some terms you may want to find more about:

premium, stock exchange, ordinary share, preference share, securities, underwriting, primary market, secondary market, investor,