Shares, also known as stocks or equities, are units of ownership in a publicly-traded corporation.
When an investor buys shares of a company, they become a shareholder and are entitled to a portion of the company's profits, as well as a say in its operations through voting rights. Shares are bought and sold on stock exchanges, and the price of a share is determined by the supply and demand for the company's stock. Some investors buy shares as a long-term investment, hoping to profit from the company's growth and success, while others trade shares actively in an attempt to generate short-term profits.
How do shares work?
- A company, XYZ Corporation, decides to go public and sell shares of its stock to the public.
- The company issues a certain number of shares, each representing a unit of ownership in the company.
- Investors can buy shares of XYZ Corporation on the stock exchange by placing an order with a broker.
- If an investor buys shares of XYZ, they become a shareholder of the company and are entitled to a portion of its profits, as well as voting rights on certain matters.
- The price of the shares is determined by the supply and demand for the company's stock. If more people want to buy the stock than there are shares available, the price will go up. If more people want to sell the stock than there are buyers, the price will go down.
- As the company grows and becomes more profitable, the value of the shares may increase, which can result in profits for the shareholders who own them.
- The investors can sell their shares at any time if they choose, either to take profits or to cut their losses.
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