This is what most of us call stock, which is simply partial ownership in a company. But, just because you own some common stock in the company doesn’t mean you have a say in anything; the “common” part denotes that you’re on the bottom of the totem pole. In fact, if the company goes out of business, you’ll be among the last in line to get your money out. Likewise, if the company makes money, you’ll be the last—only after everyone else—(employees, vendors, bond holders, preferred stockholders) to see a piece of that profit. (See also: Preferred Stock, Stock)
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